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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Fairfield Medical Practice
Tel: 0146 3713939 Fax: 01463 667860
22a Abban Street , Inverness, Inverness-shire IV3 8HH
Falkirk Community Hospital
Tel: 01324 624000 Fax: (01324) 617421
Falkirk , Stirlingshire FK1 5QE
Feddinch Medical Practice
Esther Howie - Practice Manager
Tel: 01334 476840 Fax: 01334 465632 Email: email@example.com
St Andrews Community Hospital , Largo Road, St Andrews KY16 8AR
Tel: 0141 8490554
Tannahill Centre , 76 Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie Park, Paisley PA3 1NT
Ferguson Medical Practice
Liz Day - Practice Manager
Tel: 01506 771700 Fax: 01506 771713
Strathbrock Partnership Centre , 189a West Main Street, Broxburn EH52 5LH
Tel: 0141 5898000 Fax: 0141 5318004
194 Fernbank Stree , Glasgow G22 6BD
Debbie Nicholson - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 6642166 Fax: 0131 6661075
8 Ferniehill Road , Edinburgh EH17 7AB
Tel: 0131 537 6246
Edinburgh , Midlothian EH5 2HF
Tel: 0131 454 2200
Edinburgh , Midlothian EH6 7LN
First Base Agency (Dumfries)
Education Manager - Mark Frankland
Tel: 01387 279 680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Beccleuch Street , Dumfries DG2 8PX
The First Base Veterans project works on four distinct levels. Firstly, and most importantly, we will try to do all we can to assist local veterans. Although help can be many months in coming locally, it can be more quickly available in other areas of Scotland. We will try to make the necessary connections and we can arrange for one of our ex-service volunteers to drive a veteran to where the help is available. We will also look to ‘signpost’ clients to any other services that can be of assistance to them. Secondly, we will do what we can to support the families of veterans, most particularly those who are trying to deal with alcohol and drug related issues. We offer drug awareness training sessions to any organisation working with veterans who have developed a substance misuse problem. It is very hard to help someone who is misusing drugs unless you have a proper understanding about the effects the drugs are likely to have both on lifestyle and behaviour. Finally, we will try to help in any we can with the goal of Veterans Scotland to raise public awareness about the difficulties so many returning soldiers are facing, particularly in these dire economic times.
Tel: 0156 600221 Fax: 0156 600447 Email: email@example.com
Sanday , Orkney KW17 2DY
Tel: 01340 871464 Fax: 01340 871814
Aberlour , Banffshire AB38 9PR
Forestbank Medical Partnership
Tel: 01501 751795 Fax: 01501 751696
Hearthill Heath Centre , 24-26 Victoria Street, Harthill ML7 5QE
Forth Park Hospital
Tel: 01592 643355
Kirkcaldy , Fife KY2 5RA
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Tel: 01324 566000
Larbert , Stirlingshire FK5 4WR
Fortrose Medical Practice
Tel: 0844 4772497 Fax: 01381 622009
Fortrose , Ross & Cromarty IV10 8SY
Four Wynds Surgery
Liz Miscampbell - Practice Manager
Tel: 0158 1300315 Fax: 0158 1300502 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Street , Glenluce, Wigtownshire DG8 0PU
Tel: 01346 513151 Fax: 01346 585180
Fraserburgh , Aberdeenshire AB43 9NH
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