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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Edinburgh Access Practice (Cowgate Clinic)

Kristy Hogg - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 2402810 Fax: 0131 2402817

Cowgate Clinic , 20 The Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 3JX

Edinburgh Access Practice (The Access Point)

Kristy Hogg - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 2402810 Fax: 0131 5579918

The Access Point , 17 & 23 Leith Street , Edinburgh EH1 3AT

Edinburgh Mental Health Information

Tel: 0131 243 0106

Free web-based cognitive behaviour therapy courses to improve your life skills.

Edington Cottage Hospital

Tel: 01620 897040

North Berwick , East Lothian EH39 4PU

Edzell Health Centre

Tel: 01356 648209 Fax: 01356 648824

High Street , Edzell DD9 7TL

Edzell Surgery

Tel: 0135 6648209

Lindsay Place , Edzell, Angus DD97 TR

Eglinton Medical Centre

Tel: 0141 4291421

660 Eglinton Street , Glasgow G5 9RP

Eglinton Medical Practice

Tel: 0129 4279178 Fax: 0129 4313095

Eglinton Medical Practice , The Cabins, Ayrshire Central Hospital, Kilwinning Road KA12 8AS

Eildon Medical Practice (Melrose)

Tel: 01896 822161 Fax: 01896 820286

Melrose Health Centre , St Dunstan`s Park TD6 9RX

Eildon Medical Practice (Newtown St Boswells)

Tel: 01835 822777

Eildon Surgery , Auction Mart TD6 9RX

Elderpark Clinic

Tel: 0141 2327100 Fax: 0141 2327116

20 Arklet Road , Glasgow G51 3XR

Elgin Community Surgery

Tel: 0134 3542234

Highfield House , Northfield Terrace, Elgin, Moray IV30 1NE

Elizabeth Martin Clinic

Tel: 0147 5650529

1 Burns Square , Greenock PA16 0NT

Ellen's Glen House

Tel: 0131 664 8542

Edinburgh , Midlothian EH16 6FF

Ellon Group Practice

Caroline Duguid - Practice Manager
Tel: 0845 3371150 Fax: 0135 8725500

Schoolhill , Ellon AB41 9JH

Elmwood Medical Centre

Tel: 0141 6392478 Fax: 0141 6396708

3 Elmwood Avenue , Newton Mearns G77 6EH

Embank Medical Practice

Tel: 0845 3370710 Fax: 0122 1558169

Foresterhill Health Centre , Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB25 2AY

Eriskay House

Tel: 0141 201 3000

Glasgow , Lanarkshire G21 3UW

Erskine Health Centre

Tel: 0141 8124044

Bargarran Square , Erskine PA8 6BS

Erskine Practice

Carol Watson - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 458333 Fax: 01382 461833 Email:

Arthurstone Medical Centre , 39 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6QY

Erskineview Clinic

Tel: 01389 872575

Erskineview , Old Kilpatrick G60 5JG

Eskbridge Medical Centre

Margaret Marr - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 6656821 Fax: 0131 6555488

8a Bridge Street , Musselburgh EH21 6AG

Eyemouth Day Hospital

Corinne Clark - Nurse in Charge
Tel: 018907 52600

Houndlaw Park, Eyemouth , Berwickshire TD14 5DA

Eyemouth Medical Practice

Tel: 018907 50599

Houndlaw Park , Eyemouth TD14 5DD

F.A.S.S. (Family Addiction Support Service)

F.A.S.S. is a free, confidential support service for parents and family members affected by or concerned about someone's alcohol or drug use. There is an in-house counsellor and a link worker who will provide support and advice to grandparents and carers, who due to alcohol and drugs are now the sole carers of children. Also provide a signposting advice and information service to put people in touch with family support groups in their local area.

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