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.

Link Here>>

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The Cannons Practice

Angela Wands - Practice Manager
Tel: 01333 426083 Fax: 01333 421833 Email:

Fisher Street , Methil, Fife KY8 3HD

The Carradale

Tel: 0158 3431376 Fax: 01583 431237

The Carradale Surgery , Carradale, Argyll & Bute PA28 6QG

The Cathcart Street Medical Practice

Tel: 0129 2264051 Fax: 0129 2293804 Email:

The Cathcart Street medical Practice , 8 Cathcart Street, Ayr, Ayrshire &Arran KA7 1BJ

The Clinic (Catrine)

Tel: 0844 4997055 Fax: 0844 4773841

The Clinic , Institute Avenue, Catrine KA5 6AJ

The Clinic (Hulford)

Tel: 0156 3532800

The Clinic , Union Street, Hulford KA1 2DJ

The Clinic (Stranraer)

Wendy Ward - Practice Manager
Tel: 0177 6840205 Fax: 0177 6840390 Email:

The Clinic , Drummore, Stranraer DG9 9QQ

The Clinic (Tarbolton)

Tel: 0129 2541225 Fax: 0129 2541716

The Clinic , Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5PR

The Community Centre (Dalrympple)

The Community Centre , Barbieston Road, Dalrympple KA6 6DZ

The Community Centre (Salsburgh)

Tel: 01698 870250

Salsburgh ML3 4LR

The Consulting Rooms

Tel: 0141 8895277

21 Neilston Road , Paisley PA2 6LW

The Craigshill Partnership

Janet Butler - Practice Manager
Tel: 01506 432621 Fax: 01506 430431

Craigshill Health Centre , Craigshill Road, Livingston EH54 5DY

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Tel: 0808 801 0414 (24 hour freephone) Email:

Explains your rights as a citizen of Scotland on all sorts of topics such as debt, property, employment and community. The website provides details of local CABs and gives online help.

The Erskine Home

Enquiries - Welfare
Tel: 0141 812 1100

Bishopton , Renfrewshire PA7 5PU

Erskine's strength lies in the very special blend of dedicated care, compassion and understanding we offer to our residents and their families. As the UK’s foremost provider of care for veterans, we provide unrivalled rehabilitation, nursing and dementia care in our homes throughout Scotland.

The Ferguson Medical Centre

Tel: 0152 0722215 Fax: 01520 722230

Lochcarron , Ross & Cromarty IV54 8YD

The Fullarton Medical Practice

Tel: 0129 2264260 Fax: 0129 2292160 Email:

The Fullarton Medical Practice , 40 Dalblair Road, Ayr, Aryshire & Arran KA7 1UL

The Glebe Medical Practice

Tel: 01555 892328 Fax: 01555 894094

ABbeygreen , Lesmahagow ML11 0DB

The Group Practice (Branch Surgery)

Erica Anderson - Practice Manager
Tel: 01851 810689 Fax: 01851 810710

Habost , Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis HS2 0TG

The Group Practice (Main Surgery)

Erica Anderson - Practice Manager
Tel: 01851 70315 Fax: 01851 706138

The Health Centre , Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2PS

The Harbour Medical Practice (Branch Surgery)

Jane Johnston - Practice Manager
Tel: 01875 85484

67 Forthview Road , Longniddry EH32 0LG

The Harbours Medical Practice (Main Surgery)

Jane Johnston - Practice Manager
Tel: 01875 811501 Fax: 01875 814421

The Health Centre , Avenue Road, Cockenzie EH32 0JU

The Health Centre (Auchtermuchty)

Tel: 01337 828262 Fax: 01337 828986

12 Carswell Wynd , Auchtermuchty KY14 7AW

The Health Centre (Branch Surgery)

Mary Dunlop - Practice Manager
Tel: 01259 730302 Fax: 01259 739102

19 Kilbagie Street , Kincardine FK10 4QX

The Health Centre (Campbelltown)

Tel: 0158 6522105 Fax: 01586 555841

Stewart Road , Campbelltown, Argyll & Bute PA28 6AT

The Health Centre (Carluke)

Tel: 01555 752150 Fax: 01555 751703

Market Place , Carluke ML8 4BP

The Health Centre (Carnwath)

Tel: 01555 840214 Fax: 01555 840195

7 Biggar Road , Carnwath ML11 8HJ

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