Self care and staying well

We want to help you stay well throughout the whole year, but as winter arrives it can bring extra winter illness. The link below may be a good starting point in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and offers much advice in looking after both your physical and mental health.

Of course if you are unwell, we want to ensure you receive the best care possible, getting the right treatment at the right time. That may mean knowing what is the most appropriate care service for you, which can be confusing, so the information you may need is also in this link.

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Time to Talk

Looking after your Mental Health with Time to Talk a talking therapy service in West Sussex

Time to Talk is an NHS service offering free, confidential talking therapy to adults registered with a GP in West Sussex. If you are feeling low, anxious or worried, talking therapies can really help you. Time to Talk can also help people with depression, phobias, social anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorders, health anxiety, low self-esteem or low confidence, relationship difficulties and bereavements. Talking therapies are available in person, on the phone or via video call.

How can I access this service? You can self-refer to Time to Talk, you do not need to see one of our GPs first, but if you would rather speak to a GP here we can also refer you to the service with your permission. You can self-refer by telephone, or you can complete an online self-referral form for more information visit the Time to Talk website Once your referral is received a member of their team will be in touch with you for an initial assessment.

The Time to Talk service is provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

West Sussex Mind

They are a charity and have a help line available Monday to Friday 0300 303 5652 or you can email them

For further information about their services visit their website

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Loneliness help and support

Loneliness can effect any one of us at any time during our lifetime. Living in a particularly rural part of the country, rural isolation can have a large impact on the quality of our health and lifestyle. Click on the images below for more help and advice.

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Social Prescribing

Are you worried about your housing or financial situation and need information and support of where to start?

Are you feeling lonely or isolated and want to have a greater sense of connection to your community?

Are you needing practical or emotional support to help you cope in a challenging situation?

Are you interested in finding out about local groups, activities or courses?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then why not consider speaking to a member of the Chichester Wellbeing Team.

You can be referred to their services by one of our GPs or you can self refer by completing a form online, click on the link below to start the process.

If you have any difficulty in completing a form or would like to speak to someone you can call them direct on 01243521041

We are proud to announce as part of our commitment to your future health and wellbeing, monthly clinics with the Chichester Wellbeing Team. These clinics run once a month on a Thursday here at the surgery. Please call our reception team to book an appointment. For further information regarding this type of consultation you can visit

Are you living with a long-term physical or mental health condition? The online 'Living Well' course could help you. Please click on the poster for more information or visit the website You can self refer by sending an email to

Living Well online course information

We can also offer appointments with our Community Referrer, Lucy Hallett.  Lucy is trained to support you in connecting with services in the local area and focuses on help available beyond general practice and the NHS.  If you would like an appointment with Lucy, please contact reception.

The Chichester Wellbeing Team offer many healthy lifestyle courses.

These include FREE Tier 2 support for individuals aged over 18 looking to make lifestyle changes and improvements to their health and wellbeing amongst many others. The Adult Weight Management Course is a small group course led by a trained nutritionist lasting 12 weeks offered both face-to-face and over MS Teams. Individual 1:1 support available outside of course dates or for those who prefer individual support.
T: 01243 521041

Heart Smart Walks

If you have a BMI of between 25-40 you could join a Weigh Better Life course run by Chichester Wellbeing Team.
The course is free of charge and includes a 1hr weekly session. To join the next course, our nearest is in Hampers Hall in Petworth on Tuesday mornings at 10.15am, call 01243 521041 or email to book your place.

As we continue to adapt in challenging times we would like you to be aware that the Chichester Wellbeing Service continues to support our local community in various ways with options that suit the diverse needs of our patients. The wellbeing service offers advice and support for people on how to make small changes to improve health and wellbeing including weight management, emotional wellbeing, alcohol reduction and pre-diabetes.

The national campaign for ‘Dry January’ launches each new year and many people need support to reduce their alcohol intake. Their Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor can provide a series of one to one sessions to support people who may have been identified by a health professional as drinking at an increased risk level or the individual themselves believe they are drinking at a problematic level and either want to cut down or stop drinking altogether to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

The Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor can offer up to 6-8 one to one sessions where people are encouraged to make positive changes in the here and now rather than focussing on things that can’t be changed in the past. These free sessions last approximately 45 minutes - either by telephone or online depending on what the client feels comfortable with. Progress will be monitored through a mixture of self-assessment and questionnaires and they encourage the use of tools such as Drinks Diaries, measuring cups and apps as a way of monitoring how a client is doing. They discuss tips to reduce alcohol consumption, triggers as to why someone may be drinking more than the governments recommended weekly amount and benefits to our mental and physical health by cutting back. This service is not for patients who are alcohol dependent.

You can self-refer to their service by calling 01243 521041 or via email

Chichester district Wellbeing Dry January | Alcohol Change UK

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