Alternatives to seeing a GP

The Arundel Surgery provides NHS primary care services to a population of around 6500 people in the picturesque town of Arundel and surrounding villages. Much of the practice area lies within the South Downs National Park.

Your GP surgery can provide a huge range of advice, examinations, treatment, vaccinations, prescriptions and other routine healthcare; but did you know that there are many local NHS services that you can go to directly for help?

No Need to See Your GP First

This guide sets out the main services that are available locally and how you can contact them.


Minor ailments and conditions

You can get rapid advice and treatment from your local pharmacy. The pharmacist may be able to recommend medicines for these conditions.

  • Earache
  • Teething and nappy rash
  • Threadworms
  • Hayfever
  • Cold sores and mouth ulcers
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rashes and impetigo
  • Eye infections
  • Coughs, colds, sore throats, blocked nose
  • Thrush and uncomplicated urinary tract infections
  • Nits
  • Verrucae
  • Insect bites and stings

Just drop in to your local pharmacy and ask to see the pharmacist. If you have difficulty finding a pharmacy, you can use the NHS Choices website, or dial 111.


Minor Illness and Minor Injuries

Weare fortunate to have Celia Knight, an experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioner who can prescribe.

The reception team will make enquiries with you about your illness/ailment and you may be directed to see Celia for the following conditions:

Coughs and chest infections.

Acute asthma problems.

Diarrhoea and vomiting.

Throat infections.

Ear infections.

Urinary Tract Infections.


Vaginal discharge.

Burns and Scalds.

Sprains and strains.

Rashes and allergies.





Nappy rash.

Emergency Contraception.

Foreign Bodies in Eye.


Muscular and skeletal problems

You can refer yourself straight to the NHS physiotherapy service for conditions including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Whiplash disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain

Telephone: Physio Direct 01243 623542

Musculoskeletal Self-Referral Form

Podiatry/foot care

You can refer yourself for NHS podiatry and foot conditions, including:

  • Foot ulcers
  • Corns/Callous
  • Ingrowing toenail
  • Foot pain

Pick up a Podiatry Application for Assessment Form from reception at the surgery.

Podiatry Self-Referral Form
Minor injuries for adults and children

Minor Injury Units are able to help if you suffer:

  • Broken bones (fracture)
  • Lacerations and cuts likely to require suturing

Bognor Minor Injuries Unit. Telephone 01243 623563


Mental wellbeing concerns

You can refer yourself (over 18s) directly to Time to Talk for an NHS assessment of:

  • Panic attacks
  • Low mood and depression
  • Anxiety and excessive worry
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety and shyness
  • Health anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

Telephone: Time to Talk 01273 265967

Your GP will also be informed.


Drug and alcohol problems

You can refer yourself (over 18s) to the Clock Walk Project, Bognor Regis.

Telephone: 01243 870005


Sussex Mental Healthline

For telephone support and information.

Monday to Friday 5pm-9am and 24 hours over weekends and bank holidays.

Telephone: 0300 5000 101


Information, advice and guidance for young people

FindItOut Centres

Help with jobs, counselling, housing, sexual health, substance misuse, family and relationships, debt and money advice.

FindItOut Centres also provide access to the Youth Emotional Support (YES) Service, you can contact then on or telephone 0330 222 6711.

Youth Emotional Support is a free service for young people aged 11-17 who have issues that are affecting their wellbeing.

  • The issues we can help with include:
  • self-harming
  • low mood and mild depression
  • anxiety
  • low self-esteem

Littlehampton Telephone: 07718 322346
Chichester Telephone: 01243 538587
07894 809119
Bognor Telephone: 01243 867430
07917 806101


Sexual health advice and treatment

You can get help if you have concerns or:

  • Need contraceptive advice
  • Tests for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Have symptoms, ie vaginal discharge

There are clinics at Bognor, Chichester, Littlehampton, Pulborough.

Telephone: 01243 831607


Babies, children and parenting

You can go straight to your named Health visitor for advice and guidance on issues such as:

  • Growth and development of your baby/child
  • Childhood conditions, allergies and infections
  • Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and weaning
  • Teething
  • Post-natal depression and parental mental and physical health
  • Child behaviour issues, eg sleeping, eating and tantrums
  • Support with parenting, family health and relationships

Telephone: Health Visitor 01903 276999


Community nursing support

If you are a housebound patient on the community nursing caselist, you can get direct help with:

  • Woundcare
  • Continence assessment
  • Equipment assessment
  • Care at home after hospital discharge
  • End of life care

Telephone: One-Call 01903 254789


Life threatening conditions

Don’t forget always dial 999 for life threatening conditions such as:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe loss of blood
  • Severe burns or scalds
  •  Choking
  • Suspected stroke
  • Fitting or concussion
  • Drowning
  • Severe allergic reactions


And if you are not sure……………….

For advice on health conditions and the availability of local services, you can dial NHS 111 at any time day or night.


Patient Information Forms
Change of Details Form
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