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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Grove Health Centre

Gina Douglas - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 778881 Fax: 01382 731884 Email:

129 Dundee Road , Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 1DU

Gullane Medical Practice

Wendy Knottenbelt - Practice Manager
Tel: 01620 84217

Broadgait Green , Gullane EH31 2DW

Gurkha Welfare Trust

- The Gurkha Welfare Trust
Tel: +44(0) 1722 323955 Fax: +44(0) 1722 343119 Email:

P.O. Box 2170 , 22 Queen Street, Salisbury SP2 2EX

The Trust supports 7,213 retired Gurkha soldiers and widows in Nepal who have no other form of income. Most are in their 80s and 90s and are totally reliant on the Trust for a secure and comfortable old age. The Trust also provides Community Aid projects in Gurkha villages.

Increasing numbers of Gurkhas are settling in the UK and the Trust is ready to respond. As the lead charity for Gurkha welfare, the Trust has a coordinating role for helping those in need in the UK and other service charities. However, the Trust's firm focus remains Nepal and the many retired Gurkha soldiers and widows who will spend their final days in the mountain villages.

Haddo Medical Group

Tel: 0165 1843468

Pitmedden Surgery , Tarves Road, Pitmendden, Aberdeenshire AB41 7NX

Hairmyres Hospital

Tel: 01355 585 000 Fax: 01355 584 473

East Kilbride G75 8RG

Halkirk Surgery

Tel: 0184 7831203

Braal Terrace , Halkirk, Caithness KW12 6YN

Hamilton Medical Group

Diane Gordon - Practice Manager
Tel: 0844 4778930 Fax: 0844 478931 Email:

4 Queens Road , Aberdeen AB15 4ZT

Hawick Community Hospital

Tel: 01450 372162

Hawick , Roxburghshire TD9 7AH

Hawkhill Medical Centre

Neil McFarlane - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 669589 Fax: 01382 645526 Email:

Hawkhill , Dundee DD1 5LA

Hay Lodge Hospital

Tel: 01721 722080

Peebles , Peeblesshire EH45 8JG

Health and Homeless Project

Tel: 01698 727534 Fax: 01698 717538

Blantyre Health Centre , Victoria Street, Blantyre G72 0BS

Health Centre (Applecross)

Tel: 0152 0744252 Fax: 01520 744344

The Surgery , Applecross, Ross & Cromary IV54 8LS

Health Centre (Biggar)

Tel: 01899 220383 Fax: 01899 221583

South Croft Road , Biggar ML12 6BE

Health Centre (Bridge of Allan)

Tel: 01786 833210

Fountain Road , Bridge of Allan FK9 4EU

Health Centre (Dollar)

Tel: 01259 742120 Fax: 01259 743053

Park Place , Dollar FK14 7AA

Health Centre (Lochgelly)

Tel: 01592 782783 Fax: 01592 783874

David Street , Lochgelly KY5 9QZ

Health Centre (Shapinsay)

Tel: 0156 711284 Fax: 0156 711735 Email:

Shapinsay , Orkney KW17 2DY

Health Centre (Shotts)

Tel: 01501 822099 Fax: 01501 826622

36 Station Road , Shotts ML7 5DS

Health in Mind

Tel: 0131 225 8508 Fax: 0131 220 0028 Email:

40 Shandwick Place , Edinburgh EH2 4RT

Information about mental health plus access to a comprehensive directory of all related charities and services in Midlothian.

Health Services Clinic (Avonbridge)

Tel: 0132 4861380 Fax: 0132 4861380

57 Main Street , Avonbridge FK1 2 NG

Health Services Clinic (Falkirk)

18 Greenmount Drive , Shieldhill, Falkirk FK1 2EY


Tel: 0156 622243 Fax: 0156 622315

Eday , Orkney KW17 2AB

Heilendi Family Medical Practice

Tel: 0156 872388 Fax: 0156 871958 Email:

Scapa Crescent , Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RL

Helmsdale/Brora Medical Practice

Tel: 0143 1821225 Fax: 01431 821567

Rockview Place , Helmsdale, Sutherland KW8 6LF

Herdmanflat Hospital

Tel: 0131 536 8300

Haddington , East Lothian EH41 3BU

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