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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Archaracle Medical Practice

Fax: 0196 7431396

Pines Medical Centre , Acharacle, Argyll PH36 4JU

Ardach Health Centre

Tel: 0154 28315555

Highfield Road , Buckie AB56 1JE

Ardblair Medical Practice

Linda Cairns - Practice Manager
Tel: 01250 872033 Fax: 01250 874517 Email:

Anne Street , Blairgowrie PH10 6EF

Ardersier Medical Practice

Tel: 0166 7462240 Fax: 01667 462912

142B Manse Road , Ardersier, Nairnshire IV2 7SR

Ardgowan Medical Practice

Tel: 0141 888155 Fax: 0141 75785060 Email:

2 Finnart Street , Greenock PA16 8HW

Ardler Surgery

Ann McKenna - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 833399 Fax: 01382 832484 Email:

Turnberry Avenue , Ardler DD2 3TP

Argyll and Bute Hospital

Tel: 01546 602323

Blarbuie Road , Lochgilphead, Argyllshire PA31 8LD

Ark Medical Practice

Tel: 0132 4621113 Fax: 0132 4633456

9 Booth Place , Falkirk FK1 1BA

Armadale Group Practice

Elizabeth Hamlyn - Practice Manager
Tel: 01501 730432 Fax: 01501 730262

18 North Street , Armadale EH48 3QB

Armadale Medical Practice

Tel: 0164 1541212 Fax: 016415 41226

Armadale , Thurso, Caithness KA14 7SA

Arran War Memorial Hospital

Tel: 01770 600777 Fax: 01770 600445

Lamlash , Isle of Arran, Buteshire KA27 8LF

Arrochar Surgery

Tel: 0844 4772520 Fax: 01301 702746

Kirkfield Place , Arrochar, Argyll & Bute G83 7AE

Ashgrove Group Practice

Jean Plowright - Practice Manager
Tel: 084444 70954 Fax: 01506 634790

Ashgrove , Blackburn EH47 7LL

Ashludie Hospital

Tel: 01382 423000

Monifieth , Angus DD5 4HQ

Astley Ainslie Hospital

Tel: 0131 537 9000

Edinburgh , Midlothian EH9 2HL

Atholl Medical Centre

Lavinia Peebles - Practice Manager
Tel: 01796 472558 Fax: 01796 473775 Email:

Ferry Road , Pitlochry PH16 5FG

Auchenblae Surgery

Tel: 01561 320202 Fax: 01561 321009

Mackenzine Avenue , Achenblae AB30 1XU

Auchenblae Surgery

Tel: 0156 1320202 Fax: 0156 1321009

Mackenzie Avenue , Auchenblae, Laurencekrik, Aberdeenshire AB30 1XU

Auchtermuchty Practice (Main Surgery)

Carla Scott - Practice Manager
Tel: 01337 828262 Fax: 01337 828986

The Health Centre , 12 Carswell Wynd, Auchtermuchty, Fife KY14 7AW

Aviemore Medical Practice

Tel: 0147 9810258 Fax: 014798 10067

The Health Centre , Aviemore, Inverness-shire PH22 1SY

Ayr Hospital

Tel: 01292 610555 Fax: 01292 288952

Ayr , Ayrshire KA6 6DX

Ayrshire Central Hospital

Tel: 01294 274191

Irvine , Ayrshire KA12 8SS

Balfour Hospital

Tel: 01856 888 000

Kirkwall , Orkney KW15 1BH

Balfron Health Centre

Tel: 0136 0440515

41-47 Buchancan Street , Balfron G63 0TS

Balgownie Day Hospital

Tel: 01224 703237

Bridge Of Don, Aberdeen , Aberdeenshire AB23 8JP

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