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 Surgery (Newmilns)

Tel: 0156 0320120 Fax: 0156 0321182

The Surgery , 73-75 Loudoun Road, Newmilns KA16 9HQ

The Surgery (North Kessock)

Tel: 0146 3731384

Ferry Brae , North Kessock, Inverness-shire IV1

The Surgery (Papa Westray)

Tel: 0156 644227 Fax: 0156 644337

St. Ann's Kirk , Papa Westray, Orkney KW17 2BU

The Surgery (Skelmorlie)

Tel: 0147 5520248 Fax: 0147 552076

The Surgery , 37a The Lane, Skelmorlie, Ayrshire PA17 5AR

The Surgery (Stormness)

Tel: 0156 850205 Fax: 0156 850868 Email:

John Street , Stormness, Orkney KW16 3AD

The Surgery (Tarbert)

Tel: 0158 3421206 Fax: 015834 21220

Muasdale , Tarbert, Argyll & Bute PA29 6XD

The Surgery (Troon)

Tel: 0844 4773913 Fax: 0129 2312020

The Surgery , 101 Portland Street, Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6QN

The Surgery (Wemyss Bay)

Tel: 0147 5520802 Fax: 0147 5520802

The Surger , 2 Brueacre Road, Wemyss Bay PA16 6EA

The Taymount Surgery

Tracey Doogan - Practice Manager
Tel: 01738 627117 Fax: 01738 444713 Email:

1 Taymount Terrace , Perth PH1 1NU

The Thistle Foundation

Pat Mackinnon
Tel: 0131 656 9933

Niddrie Mains Road , Edinburgh EH16 4 EA

Working in partnership with agencies such as Veterans First Point and Combat Stress, we run highly commended Lifestyle Management for Veterans courses in a range of locations across Scotland. Providing support to veterans of all ages, our courses are currently held at our Edinburgh headquarters. We hope to expand the reach of these courses across Scotland. This course was a Highly Commended Finalist at the 2010 Military Civilian Health Partnership Awards, in both categories entered - 'Mental Health Award' and 'Care of Veterans Award'.

The Wards Medical Centre

Tel: 0156 3526514 Fax: 0156 3573558

The Wards Medical Centre , 25 Dundonald Road KA1 1RU

The Wood Medical Practice

Caroline Boyle - Practice Manager
Tel: 01506 771800 Fax: 01506 771820

Strathbrock Partnership Centre , 189a West Main Street, Broxburn EH52 5LH

Thomas Hope Hospital

Frances McCreadie - Charge Nurse
Tel: 01387 380417 Email:

Langholm , Dumfriesshire DG13 0JX

Thornhill Health Center

Tel: 0178 6850232

20 The Hill , Thornhill FK8 3PT

Thornhill Hospital

Tel: 01848 330205

Thornhill , Dumfriesshire DG3 5AA

Thornhill Medical Practice

Wendy Howat - Practice Manager
Tel: 0184 8330208 Fax: 0184 8330223 Email:

Health Centre , Thornhill DG3 5 AA

Thornliebank Health Centre

Tel: 0141 5316900 Fax: 0141 5316910

20 Kennishead Road , Thronliebank, Glasgow G46 8NY

Three Towns Medical Practice

Tel: 0129 4464141 Fax: 0129 4466408

Three Towns Medical Practice , The Health Centre, 17-19 Raise Street, Saltcoats KA21 5LX

Thurston Road Surgery

Tel: 0141 8838838

140 Thurston Road , Glasgow G52 2AZ

Tillicoultry Medical Practice

Tel: 01259 750531

Park Street , Tillicoultry FK13 6AG

Tippethill Hospital

Tel: 01501 745 917

Armadale , West Lothian EH48 3BQ

Tiree Medical Practice

Tel: 0187 9220323 Fax: 01879 220893

Baugh Surgery , Isle of Tiree, Argyll & Bute PA7 6UN

Tobermory Medical Practice

Tel: 0168 8302013 Fax: 01688 302092

Tobermory , Isle of Mull, Argyll & Bute PA75 6PN

Tollcross Medical Centre

Tel: 0141 7782717 Fax: 0141 7782747

1101 Tollcross Road , Glasgow G32 0PN

Tomintoul Medical Centre

Mary Crowley - Practice Manager
Tel: 0180 7580219

Rattrays Lane , Tomintoul, Ballindalloch AB37 9HHA

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