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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Muirhead Clinic

Tel: 0141 7791941 Fax: 0141 7792194

192 Cumbernauld Road , Glasgow G69 9NF

Muirhead Medical Centre

Jane Bruce - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 580264 Fax: 01382 585200 Email:

Liff Road , Muirhead DD2 5NH

Murieston Medical Practice

Sue Brown - Practice Manager
Tel: 01506 461464 Fax: 01506 461565

Hamilton Square , Murieston South, Livingston EH54 9JZ

Murray Royal Hospital

Tel: 01738 621151

Perth , Perthshire PH2 7BH

Murrayfield Medical Centre

Heather Titterington - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 3372166 Fax: 0131 3135059

35 Saughton Crescent , Edinburgh EH12 5SS

Murrayfield Medical Practice

Delia Dickson - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 337 6151 Fax: 0131 3135450

13b Riversdale Crescent , Edinburgh EH12 5QX

Mutual Support

Hilary Winstanley - Support Team Manager
Tel: 01476 861160 Email:

Mutual Support exists for serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and Reserves, their dependants and carers affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Mutual Support, one of the MS Society's National Support Groups, is run by volunteers with direct experience of MS and the Armed Forces and provides services and activities based on what people affected by MS have said they want.

Nairn Town and County Hospital

Tel: 01667 452101

Nairn , Nairnshire IV12 5EE

Narcotics Anonymous

Tel: 0300 999 1212

Help, counselling and advice.

National Deaf Children's Society

Chris Ratcliffe - Director
Tel: 0141 248 4457 Fax: 0141 248 2597 Email:

187-189 Central Chambers , 93 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LD

National Deaf Children`s Society

Chris Ratcliffe - Director
Tel: 0141 248 4457 Fax: 0141 248 2597 Email:

187-189 Central Chambers , 93 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LD

National Gulf Veterans and Families Association

Maria Rusling - General Manager
Tel: 0845 257 4853 Email:

Building E, Office 8 , Chamberlain Business Centre, Chamberlain Road, Hull HU8 8HL

The NGVFA is an independent charity supporting those affected by Gulf War 1 and Gulf War 2 (Iraq), the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and all future desert conflicts. Those affected who are supported by the NGVFA include:

Veterans (whether ill or not)

Service personnel who were vaccinated but were non-deployed

Armed forces personnel who are still serving

Family members

Widows / widowers

Civilians contracted to the armed forces.

National Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline

- Scottish Women's Aid
Tel: 0800 027 1234 Fax: 0131 226 2996 Email:

2nd Floor , 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JD

Support, advice, counselling and specialist sessions for people dealing with alcohol-related issues in Aberdeen.

Neidpath Medical Practice

Mrs Margaret Mayer - Practice Manager
Tel: 01721 720380 Fax: 01721 726989

Hay Lodge Health Centre , Neidpath Road, Peebles EH45 8JG

Nethergate Medical Centre

Mandy McGregor - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 221527 Fax: 01382 226772 Email:

2 Tay Square , Dundee DD1 1PB

Netherlea Hospital

Tel: 01382 543233

Newport-on-Tay , Fife DD6 8HR

Nethertown Surgery

George Givens - Practice Manager
Tel: 01383 623516 Fax: 01383 624254 Email:

Elliot Street , Dunfermline, Fife KY11 4TF

New Craigs Psychiatric Hospital

Tel: 01463 704000

Inverness , Inverness-shire IV3 8NP

New Cumnock Practice

Tel: 0129 0338242 Fax: 0129 03320101

New Cumnock Practice , 67 Afton Bridgend KA18 4AB

New Park Medical Practice

Gillian Stubbs - Practice Manager
Tel: 01383 629200; 01383 629202 (Practice Manager) Fax: 01383 629203 Email:

163 Robertson Road , Dunfermline, Fife KY12 0BL

New Sneddon Street Clinic

Tel: 0141 8481296

8 New Sneddon Street , Paisley PA3 2AD

Newbattle Medical Practice

Alison Murphy - Practice Manager
Tel: 0131 6631051 Fax: 01316 540665

Blackcot , Mayfield EH22 4AA

Newburgh Surgery (Branch Surgery)

Audrey Whitton - Practice Manager
Tel: 01738 850461 Email:

44 Main Street , Abernethy, Fife PH2 9JB

Newburgh Surgery (Main Surgery)

Audrey Whitton - Practice Manager
Tel: 01337 840462 Fax: 01337 840996 Email:

116 High Street , Newburgh, Fife KY14 6DA

Newbyres Medical Group

Lyndsay Cameron - Practice Manager
Tel: 01875 820405 Fax: 01875 820269

15 Hunterfield Road , Gorebridge EH23 4TP

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