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Surgery Signposters


If you’re not sure what services are out there to help you better manage your health condition or support you in improving your wellbeing, you may be interested in visiting the Surgery Signposter service.

What is the service?

The Surgery Signposter service operates from four Gosport locations including GP surgeries and Northcott House Care and Residential Home. You can visit the service for a 40 minute confidential session, with a trained Volunteer Surgery Signposter. The Signposter can talk to you in confidence and put you in touch with voluntary and community services in your area, that meet your individual needs. They can help with issues such as:

  • Any newly or pre-diagnosed medical condition short or long term
  • Coping with Dementia/Arthritis/COPD
  • Dealing with isolation, depression and/or anxiety
  • Parenting problems and services to help with children challenges
  • Debt and/or housing issues that are affecting wellbeing

You can also use our free telephone consultation service – for those who have access issues or prefer to have their Signposting appointments over the phone.

Download Surgery Signposting poster here.

Which GP surgeries are offering the service?

The following surgeries are offering the service:

Brune Medical Centre Forton Medical Centre
Phone 023 8231 1034
10 Rowner Road
PO13 0EW
Brune Medical Centre
Phone 023 8231 1034
Bury Road
PO12 3AQ
Forton Medical Centre
Waterside Medical Centre Northcott House, Residential Care & Nursing Home
Phone 023 8231 1034
Mumby Road
Gosport, PO12 1BA
Waterside Medical Centre
Phone 023 9251 003
Northcott Close
Gosport, PO12 2PP

Who is eligible for the service?

The service is open for anyone as you do not need to be a patient of the surgeries offering the service.

Is there a cost for the service?

No, the service is completely free

How can the service be accessed?

You can make an appointment by calling one of the surgeries listed above and asking to see a Surgery Signposter or call the Surgery Signposting office on 023 92604 683.

Would you like to become a Volunteer Surgery Signposter?

If you are a warm yet professional person, who’d like to make a difference to people’s well-being, good interpersonal skills and 2-3 hours a week to spare, we would love to hear from you. Full training and induction provided as well as on-going supervision and support.

This rewarding role can make a real, tangible difference to the health of local residents!

To find out more or register your interest, please see our listing on Go Volunteer (link to be added).

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about the Surgery Signposter Service, please contact the team on 02392 604683, or email Angela Gould on

Further information for Health Professionals

The Surgery Signposter Scheme is run by a partnership between Gosport Voluntary Action and the NHS South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. 

The objective of the service is to help local people access the community organisations in their area, that can help them to lead a healthier and happier life.  The Surgery Signposters support the clinical staff by dealing with the patients who have non-clinical issues which affect health and well-being such as debt, housing or loneliness, who might otherwise want to see a doctor.

Dr David Chilvers, CCG Clinical lead and GP at Waterside, said:

‘’As a GP I obviously do everything possible to diagnose illness and prescribe treatment, but helping patients feel good and get the most out of life is often about more than that.

As a GP I don’t unfortunately know details of all the many excellent organisations which provide help and lifelines to so many people in our community, but our trained Surgery Signposters do know about these groups, which is where they can make a huge difference.”

Find out more…

An introductory video to the project from Sally Bigham, previous Surgery Signposter Project Manager below:

Surgery Sign Poster service, Gosport – Sally Bigham explains the service from Better Local Care on Vimeo.

Gosport Surgery Sign poster service – Mrs O’Brien’s experience from Better Local Care on Vimeo.



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