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>>

To refine your searches by local authorities choose from the form below and click search.

AL Anon

Tel: 020 7403 0888 Email:

Family support for those suffering due to someone else's alcohol misuse.

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. For some of our members, the wounds still run deep, even if their loved one may no longer be a part of their lives or have died. We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. We are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.

Al Zubairi, A.M.

Tel: 0141 5543546

86 Springfield Road , Glasgow G40 3ET


- Al-Anon Information Centre
Tel: 0141 339 8884 Email:

Mansfield Park Building Unit 6 , 22 Mansfield Street, Partick, Glasgow G11 5QP

Rehabilitation charity aiming to help reintegrate veterans to the community, teach them new skills, and give them a real interest, supported by the therapeutic benefits of working with horses.

Albyn Hospital

Tel: 01224 595993

21-24 Albyn Place , Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB10 1RW

Albyn Medical Practice

Val Hepple - Practice Manager
Tel: 0122 4586829

30 Albyn Place , Aberdeen AB10 1NW

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Tel: 0141 572 6700 Fax: 0141 333 1606 Email:

2nd Floor , 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW

We provide information and signposting service for anyone concerned about their own or someone else's drinking and our main focus is policy, development and training work.

Alcohol Support Ltd

Tel: 01224 573887 Email:

76-78 Dee Street , Aberdeen AB11 6DS

Provides a wide range of services to promote positive mental health and well-being, including support, respite and counselling.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 769 7555 Email:

10 Toft Green , PO Box 1, York YO1 7ND

What is AA? An Introduction Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Help, counselling and advice, phoneline aims to be open when other sources of help are closed. Phones manned Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am, and all weekend from Fri 6pm-Mon 6am.

Call our National Helpline: 0845 769 7555

or Email:

Calls charged at local rate on BT lines. Other networks may vary.

Alexandria Medical Centre

Tel: 0138 9752419

46-62 Bank Street , Alexandria G83 0NB

Alford Medical Practice

Tel: 0197 5562253

Gordon Road , Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8AL

Alison Lea Medical Centre

Tel: 08456 122444 Fax: 01355 239711

Calderwood , East Kilbride G74 3HW

Allan Park Medical Practice

Tel: 0178 6451375 Fax: 0178 6448596

19 Allan Park , Stirling FK8 2DQ

Allander Surgery

Tel: 0141 3368038

191 Denmark Street , Glasgow G22 5SS

Alloway Surgery

Tel: 01292 445533

Alloway Surgery , Village Hall, Alloway, Ayrshire & Arran KA7 4PY

Alness/ Invergordon Medical Group

Tel: 0134 9852893 Fax: 01349 852530

The County Community Hospital , Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty IV18 0JR

Alva Medical Practice

Carol Broadfoot - Practice Manager
Tel: 0125 9760331 Fax: 0125 9769991

West Johnstone Street , Alva FK12 5BD

Alyth Health Centre

Vicki Fulller - Practice Manager
Tel: 01828 634099 Fax: 01828 633272 Email:

New Alyth Road , Alyth PH11 8EQ

Ancrum Medical Centre

Fiona Neill - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 669500 Fax: 01382 669522 Email:

12/14 Ancrum Road , Dundee DD2 2HZ

Anderson, A.S.

Tel: 0141 6379828

59 Farne Drive , Glasgow G44 5DQ

Anfield Medical Centre

Tel: 0141 5542989 Fax: 0141 5543965

16 Annfield Place , Glasgow G31 2XE

Annan Hospital

Carole Shannon - Charge Nurse
Tel: 01461 203425 Email:

Stapleton Road , Annan, Dumfriesshire DG12 6NQ

Annat Bank Practice

Ian McNeil - Practice Manager
Tel: 01674 673400 Fax: 01674 672175 Email:

Links Health Centre , Frank Wood Way, Montrose DD10 8TY

Apiliga, M.T.

Tel: 0141 2119040 Fax: 0141 2119043

1483 Dumbarton Road , Glasgow G14 9XL

Arbroath Infirmary

Tel: 01241 872584

Rosemount Road , Arbroath, Angus DD11 2AT

Arbroth Medical Centre

Lynne Martin - Practice Manager
Tel: 01241 431144 Fax: 01241 430764 Email:

The Medical Centre , 7 Hill Place, Arbroath DD11 1AD

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