VETERANS

Practice services for veterans

This section of our website is dedicated to veterans - anyone who has served in our armed forces and their families. The health needs of military veterans can differ significantly to those of other patients.

The NHS has a duty to deliver on a number of health commitments in relation to the Armed Forces community (service personnel (regular and reserves), their families and veterans), which are set out in the Armed Forces Covenant and the NHS Constitution.

 

The Armed Forces Covenant

  • The Armed Forces community should enjoy the same standard of, and access to healthcare as that received by any other UK citizen in the area they live.
  • Family members should retain their place on any NHS waiting list, if moved around the UK due to the service person being posted.
  • Veterans should receive priority treatment for a condition which relates to their service, subject to clinical need.
  • Those injured in service should be cared for in a way that reflects the nation's moral obligation to them, by healthcare professionals who understand the Armed Forces culture.

Visit the Armed Forces Covenant for more information.

This is recognised in the NHS Constitution, which states 'the NHS will ensure that in line with the Armed Forces Covenant, those in the Armed Forces, reservists, their families and veterans are not disadvantaged in accessing health services in the area they reside'.

We want to know if you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran so that we provide for your needs. Please let the Surgery staff know if this is the case and we will mark your records accordingly.

There is further information about health services available to veterans on the NHS website.

The RCGP also has a veterans healthcare resource section.

Updated Nov 2019

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