Are you a veteran? Please let us know!
We’re proud to be a Veteran Friendly Accredited GP practice and to support our veteran community this Remembrance Day.
We know that this Remembrance Day is likely to be particularly challenging for the many veterans in our community and we want you to know that we are trained and committed to effectively identifying and supporting your health needs.
As a Veteran Friendly Accredited practice, our team:
- recognises the importance of identifying veteran patients within our community
- understands the unique health needs that veterans may have
- strives to provide veterans with the very best care and support
- knows about the specialist veteran healthcare services that exist
- undertakes regular training and development to ensure we’re able to deliver the very best care to veterans in our community and meet the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant
If you’re a veteran patient, please do let us know that you have served so that we can make sure you receive the most appropriate and best care, if and when you ever need it.
You can learn more about the accreditation and how it supports veteran patients, here: rcgp.org.uk/veterans
We are also able to refer patients to dedicated health services for the Armed Forces Community, as detailed below.
Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (VMH TILS)
This service seeks to provide increased access and treatment to appropriate and timely mental health services, from recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early interventions, to providing therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, and housing and social support. Patients are able to self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity. For more information click here.
Veterans’ Trauma Network
This network provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific trauma injuries. Located in ten major trauma centres across England, the network is linked with NHS Veterans’ mental health services and a number of military charities to provide a complete package of care by top military and civilian trauma experts. Referrals are made via a GP.
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Services
If a patient has acquired hearing loss and / or tinnitus relating to their time in service, additional support can be funded through the Royal British Legion Veterans’ Hearing Fund. To access the service, a patient can be referred to their local NHS audiology department via a health care professional.
Mobility Equipment Support
The Royal British Legion has a Veterans’ Mobility Fund, which provides specialist wheelchairs, orthotic equipment and other mobility related items for veterans who have a service related serious physical injury and whose needs cannot be met through statutory services. Eligibility for the fund requires the contribution to be attributable to service and typically applicants will be in receipt of a War Pension or relevant award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. To find out more, click here