Southern Gambling Service

What is Gambling Disorder?

About the service

Southern Health is offering a new specialist service providing evidence-based treatment to people with gambling-related harms / gambling disorder.

It is funded by NHS England.

What we do

The Southern Gambling Service offers high quality assessment and evidence-based treatments for people with gambling-related harms / gambling disorder.  

It will offer 3 main treatment pathways:

  1. Individual psychotherapy (delivered virtually or in person)
  2. Group psychotherapy (delivered virtually or in person)
  3. Medication for problematic gambling.

Psychological support is offered in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based approaches.

The service has a strong focus on using digital approaches to deliver high quality care, including asking patients to complete questionnaires via a secure online portal as part of the assessment and treatment process and the use of video-consultations when appropriate.

The service is staffed by a multidisciplinary team: consultant psychiatrist(s), consultant psychologist(s), clinical therapist(s), peer support worker(s), as well as administrative and other support staff.

Accessing the service

The service is open to people aged 17 and older with gambling-related harms / gambling disorder, who meet our referral criteria and consent to seeing our team. We consider referrals for people living in or registered with a GP in the following geographical areas:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight



West Berkshire




Kent and Medway from the 3rd June 2024



If you have any questions about completing a referral or specific referral criteria please contact the team by emailing:

Referral from voluntary and community sector organisations (VCS)

If you are working in a VCS and wish to refer a person to the service, please ask the person affected by gambling-related harms/gambling disorder to complete a self-referral form (with your assistance where appropriate).

Referral from the Armed Forces

If you serve in the military we recognise that you can be based away from home. We accept self-referrals and professional referrals from serving members of the Armed Forces assigned to a unit whose medical facility is located within our catchment area.


Contact information
Out of hours

Southern Gambling Service is a 09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri Service, any out of hours should be directed to NHS 111.

Further information

Find out more about gambling, as well as tips and support if you are struggling to manage a gambling problem, on our support page

Are you a family member of someone affected by gambling disorder? GamFam is a registered charity that offers advice and support to those directly and indirectly affected by gambling harms through structured peer support. If you would like support from GamFam please download the referral form GamFamPlease complete and send this referral form back to:

Southern Gambling Service is pleased to be a member of the NHS Addictions Provider Alliance.

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