Armed Forces Veteran
We are an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice
We are excited to announce that we are officially accredited as an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice!
A veteran is someone who has served in the British Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) for at least one day. Veterans also include any member of the Merchant Marine who has served in a war zone. This includes crew from convoys in World War 2 and more recently in the Falklands conflict and Gulf Wars.
About 18,000 service people move back into civilian life every year and whilst most of these individuals have similar levels of health to the general population, around 2,000 leave on medical grounds. The top reasons for medical discharge are for issues relating to back, knees, mental health, and hearing.
Being accredited means that a practice can better identify and treat veterans, refer them, where appropriate, to dedicated NHS services (such as the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison service (TILS), the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and the Veterans Trauma Network) and capture better epidemiological data to improve future health provision. It also means that the NHS is better able to meet the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, whereby the Armed Forces community, including veterans, should face no disadvantage in accessing health services and should receive priority care for military attributable conditions, subject to clinical need.
If you are a veteran, please let us know! Contact us
Healthcare for the armed forces community
How the NHS can help if you're in the British armed forces or are a veteran, a reservist or a family member of someone who is serving or who has served.
More information can be found on the NHS website below.
If you are finding life difficult after leaving the Armed Forces and struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, Op COURAGE is here for you.
Find out more at nhs.uk/opcourage
You can also download the Top tips for veterans by clicking here