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
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.
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)
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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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
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
Elgin Community Surgery
Tel: 0134 3542234
Highfield House , Northfield Terrace, Elgin, Moray IV30 1NE
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
Embank Medical Practice
Tel: 0845 3370710 Fax: 0122 1558169
Foresterhill Health Centre , Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB25 2AY
Tel: 0141 201 3000
Glasgow , Lanarkshire G21 3UW
Erskine Health Centre
Tel: 0141 8124044
Bargarran Square , Erskine PA8 6BS
Carol Watson - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 458333 Fax: 01382 461833 Email: email@example.com
Arthurstone Medical Centre , 39 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6QY
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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