Veterans and Ex-Forces
We are proud to be an accredited Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice
Being accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners means that as a practice we can better identify and treat veterans, refer them, where appropriate, to dedicated NHS services and capture better 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, which says 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.
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.
If you are a veteran please let us know!
For more information on how the NHS can help veterans and ex-forces personnel please visit the link below.
We also recommend listening to DECLASSIFIED, a series of podcasts documenting stories from the military community to help, support and guide those suffering from mental and physical illness and injury.
Combat Stress provides a range of community, outpatient and residential mental health services to veterans with complex mental health problems.
They provide services
- in person,
- via phone
Their 24 hour helpline 0800 138 1619 remains available to all veterans and their families for confidential mental health advice and support.
Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.
How Op COURAGE can help
Op COURAGE can help you and your family with a range of support and treatment, including:
supporting you with intensive emergency care and treatment if you’re in a crisis
helping you transition from military to civilian life by providing mental health care with Defence Medical Services (DMS)
supporting armed forces families affected by mental health problems, including helping you access local services
helping you recognise and treat early signs of mental health problems as well as more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
helping you to access other NHS mental health services if you need them, such as finding an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) and eating disorder services
helping you get in touch with charities and local organisations who can support your wider health and wellbeing needs, such as housing, relationships, finances, employment, drug and alcohol misuse and social support
Call yourself or ask a friend or family member to do it for you - on 0300 365 2000
Community Veteran Service
The Community Veteran’s Service treats ex-service personnel who served in the British armed forces and who are subsequently experiencing problems with their mental health.
The Community Veterans Service is provided by a veteran’s community therapist who offers friendly, accessible help for you and your carer or family. She will work with you to promote mental health and support your mental health needs. In addition to providing direct treatment for you, she may also help you to access other services which may benefit your overall health and well-being.
You can be referred to the service by your GP, through an ex-service establishment, a charity, Combat Stress or you can make a self referral.