Veteran Friendly GP Practice

We are officially accredited as an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice

Our Surgery is proud to be accredited as a veterans friendly practice by the Royal College of GPs.

According to the Armed Forces Covenant, veterans should receive priority treatment for a condition which relates to their service, subject to clinical need and they should be cared for in a way that reflects the nation’s moral obligation to them.  We are committed to following the NHS Patient Charter to ensure that our veterans have access to the help and support they may need following their service.

Please tell us if you are a military veteran so that we can make sure you are offered the support and assistance you may need, now or in the future, as a result of your service. It would help us to know in which of the Armed Forces you served, the dates of your service and whether you were discharged or retired due to ill health.

Thank you for your service.

Being accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners 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 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!

Support for Veterans

Fear Free – Forces Intervention Programme

See the signs – Seek support – Stop the cycle

Fear Free is offering support for service personnel and veterans who want to change abusive behaviours.

The free course they offer will help you change these behaviours, you’ll be expected to attend one session a week as part of a group or individually. Your partner, children and anyone else affected by the abuse will also be offered one to one support.

About the course:

  • -Does not take place at your military base.
  • -Is non judgemental.
  • -Is open to all ranks.
  • -Is confidential.

You can find a self referral form here.

Urgent support telephone number: 0800 323 4444

Further Support & Resources

The First Call For Help Takes Courage

Please see the links below for alternative resources available including a self referral form. 

Referral form: Click here

Support services: Mental health support for veterans, service leavers and reservists & Healthcare for the armed forces community

RCGP Veteran Accreditation Newsletter

This newsletter covers review publications, news on referral pathways and services, studies and more.

  • The Royal College of General Practitioners Veteran friendly GP practices
    – There is lots of information available on the  Royal College of General Practitioners website. Click here to go straight to their website

Support Organisations

Urgent support telephone number: 0800 323 4444