Non-urgent advice: Stress, Anxiety and Depression

NHS North Cumbria Talking Therapies is the new name for First Step and has been changed as part of a national rebrand. It offers the same effective psychological therapies for mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders (e.g. Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders).

North Cumbria Talking Therapies warmly welcomes students, adults over 18 of all genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities, as well as people with a learning disability or difference, and/or autism.

Our practitioners will listen to your experience and work with you to understand how you have been feeling. Together we will decide what sort of help might work best for you.

You can find more information here or alternatively, you can call on 0300 123 9122.

Non-urgent advice: Sexual Health

Sexual Health clinics provide sexual health services for those with or without symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection and contraception including emergency contraception.

All services are confidential, you can attend a clinic without a medical referral anonymously. Any information given will not appear on your medical records without your permission.

Clinics offer a range of services that may include:

  • cervical smear testing
  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • ‚Äčadvice about sexual health
  • free condoms
  • contraception, including emergency contraception
  • HIV testing
  • care of people who are HIV positive
  • PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) - medication that can help prevent people from developing HIV if they've been exposed to it
  • hepatitis B vaccination
  • advice about abortion
  • help for people who have been sexually assaulted

Click here to open the referral form


Referral not listed?

If the service you are looking for is not listed above, you will require a referral from your GP.

Complete this form and one of our practice staff will be in contact to arrange an appointment to discuss your referral.

Non-urgent advice: NHS e-Referral Tracking

If your doctor has referred you to a specialist for further care you will be asked to book your appointment using the ‘NHS e-Referral’ system.

You will receive a letter from us within 2 weeks giving details of how to book your appointment and any passwords you may need.

To track your e-Referral you will need the following details to log into the e-Referral website:

  • Your date of birth
  • Reference number – this will be on the first page of your letter
  • Password – this will be on the second page of your letter

To track an e-Referral, click here.

Referral made by another NHS organisation?

Royal Preston Hospital

If your referral request was to the Royal Preston Hospital you will need to contact them directly.

Sharoe Green Lane


Tel:  01772 716565

Alternatively you can contact the ward or department that you have been referred to directly.

Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

If your referral request was to the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital you will need to contact them directly.

Preston Road


Tel: 01257 261222

Alternatively you can contact the ward or department that you have been referred to directly.