Health and Wellbeing

Many of us leave the Services with long-term injuries; mostly physical, but sometimes psychological.  And the system in civilian life is much more complicated than turning up to sick parade and then doing as you are told.  But while it often takes much longer than we have been used to, it doesn’t need to because the NHS has promised to fast-track Veterans with service-related conditions. 

The first thing you will need to do when you leave the Services is find a GP; you will find most GPs in Scotland in this section.  If you don't currently have a doctor, use the GP locator to find one in your area.  

 Apart from the NHS, there are many Veteran-focussed charities ready to help, so make use of them if you need to.  You will find their details here too, so please explore this section; it has a lot to offer.

Priority treatment within the NHS in Scotland for a service related condition

Under long-standing arrangements since 1953, war pensioners are given priority NHS treatment for the conditions for which they receive a war pension or gratuity, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority. These priority treatment provisions were then extended to all veterans who have a condition that is likely to be related to their service.

As a result, veterans should receive priority treatment for health problems as a result of service to their country, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority.

Veterans should not be given priority treatment for conditions unrelated to service in the armed forces.

Further information is available via the link Here


Self-help Guides

There are a number of organisations that produce a variety of self-help guides, below are links to the NHS guides and leaflets that may be of help to the wider veterans community and those supporting and assisting them.

NHS Leaflets

These Leaflets cover a range of subjects and are delivered in a number of different formats (i.e. PDF, Video, Audio and British Sign Language)

NHS Scotland Self-help guides


Relaxation Techniques

Below is a link to a list of audio files of relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress and gain a sense of well-being.

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Springburn Health Centre

Tel: 0141 5316700 Fax: 0141 5316705

200 Springburn Way , Glasgow G21 2DA

Springfield East

Gail Graham - Practice Manager
Tel: 01241 870311 Fax: 01241 875411 Email:

Springfield Medical Centre , 30 Ponderlaw Street, Arbroath DD11 1ES

Springfield West

Gillian Linnen - Practice Manager
Tel: 01241 870307 Fax: 01241 432482 Email:

Springfield Medical Centre , 30 Ponderlaw Street, Arbroath DD11 1ES

Springwell Medical Group

Carrie Young - Practice Manager
Tel: 0844 4778712 Fax: 01844 4778973

Springwell Medical Centre , 39 Ardmillan Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JL

St Andrews Community Hospital

Tel: 01334 465656

St Andrews , Fife KY 16 8AR

St Dunstan's Blind Veterans UK

Tel: 020 7723 5021 Fax: 020 7262 6199

Blind Veterans UK , 12-14 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HD

We are Blind Veterans UK and we believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone.

That's why we're here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support, which we provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or what caused their sight loss.

We help veterans recover their independence and discover life beyond sight loss.

St John's Hospital at Howden

Tel: 01506 523000

Howden, Livingston , West Lothian EH54 6PP

St Ronan's Practice

Tel: 01896 830203 Fax: 01896 831202

Buchan Place , Innerleithen EH44 6QE

St Serf's Medical Practice

Jane MacNaughton - Practice Manager
Tel: 01577 862112 Fax: 01577 862515

Lathro, Muirs, Kinross KY13 8FP

St. Andrews Terrace

Tel: 01339 741202

Braemar AB3 5YQ

St. Brendan's Hospital

Tel: 01871 810465

Castlebay, Isle of Barra , Inverness-shire HS9 5XE

St. James Street Sugery

Tel: 0141 8895505

19 St. James Street , Paisley PA3 2HQ

St. Margaret's Health Centre

Carol Duncan - Practice Manager
Tel: 01764 662614 Fax: 01764 664178 Email:

St. Margaret`s Drive , Auchterarder PH3 1JH

St. Margaret's Hospital

Tel: 01764 662246

Auchterarder , Perthshire PH3 1JH

St. Michael's Hospital

Tel: 01506 842 053

Linlithgow , West Lothian EH49 6QS

St. Michael's Medical Centre

Hayley Peden - Practice Manager
Tel: 0138 7244950 Fax: 0138 7244969 Email:

St. Michaels Bridge Road , Dumfries DG1 2PX

St. Ninians Health Centre

Tel: 0178 6445010

Mayfield Street , Stirling FK7 0BS

St. Serfs Practice

Jane Macnaughton - Practice Manager
Tel: 01577 862112 Fax: 01577 862515 Email:

Loch Leven Health Centre , Muirs, Kinross KY13 8FP

St. Vincent's Hospital

Tel: 01540 661219

Kingussie , Inverness-shire PH21 1EX

Stanley Medical Centre

Jennifer Towle - Practice Manager
Tel: 01738 828294 Fax: 01738 827770 Email:

43 Shielhill Place , Stanley PH1 4NN

Station Road Medical Practice

Tel: 0129 26714444 Fax: 0129 2678023

Station Road Medical Practice , 2 Station Road KA9 1AQ

Stenhouse Practice

Tel: 0132 4570570 Fax: 0132 4553632

Park Drive , Stenhousemuir FK5 3BB

Stephen Hospital

Tel: 01340 820215 Fax: 01340 821621

Dufftown, Keith , Banffshire AB55 4BH


Tel: 0141 433 4934

Langside Hall , 1 Langside Avenue, Glasgow G41 2QR

Raises awareness of mental health issues in Scotland, runs workshops and courses and even a festival.

Stevenston Group Practice

Tel: 0129 4464413 Fax: 0129 4604234

Stevenston Group Practice , The Health Centre, 20 Main Street KA20 3AA

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