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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NHS Lothian (Media Enquiries)

- Communications Department
Tel: 0131 465 5646 (Aileen MacArthur); 0131 4655652 (Carol Harris); 0131 4655647 (Alexis Burnett); 0131 4655649 (Aislinn Lunt); 0131 4655651 (Clifford Burden) Email: aileen.macarthur@nhs.net; carol.harris1@nhs.net; alexis.burnett@nhs.net; aislinn.lunt@nhs.net; clifford.burden@nhs.net

Aileen MacArthur (University Hospital Division and Adult Acute Services); Carol Harris (Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Lothian-wide Issues); Alexis Burnett (Lothian Community Health Partnerhips, primary care services, mental health services); Aislinn Lunt (Drug and alcohol services); Clifford Burden (All publications, patient information, corporate branding)

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Lothian (Website Enquiries)

David McBain - Communications Webmaster
Tel: 0131 465 35653 Email: lothian.webmaster@nhs.net

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board (Armed Forces Champion)

Mr David Miller
Email: david.miller2@gjnh.scot.nhs.uk

NHS NSS (Armed Forces Champion)

David Bedwell
Email: david.bedwell@nhs.net

NHS Orkney

Cathie Cowan - Chief Executive
Tel: 01856 888000

Balfour Hospital , New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BH

www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Orkney (Armed Forces Champion)

Elaine Peace (Interim Armed Forces Champion) - Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions
Email: elainepeace@nhs.net

Orkney

NHS Orkney (Complaints and Advice Team)

Julie Tait - Complaints and Claims Officer
Tel: 01856 888221 Fax: 01856 888211 Email: julietait@nhs.net

Balfour Hospital , New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BH

www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Orkney (Freedom of Information)

- Information Governance Officer
Email: ork-hb.foirequests@nhs.net

Balfour Hospital , New Scapa Road

www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Orkney (General Contact Details)


Tel: 01856 888 000 Email: ork-hb.feedback@nhs.net;

Balfour Hospital , New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BH

www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Shetland

Ralph Roberts - Chief Executive
Tel: 01595 743060

Brevik house , South Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0TG

www.show.scot.nhs.uk/shb

NHS Shetland

Sandra Laurenson - Chief Executive
Email: sandra.laurenson@nhs.net

NHS Shetland Board, Brevik House , South Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0TG

www.shb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Shetland (Armed Forces Champion)

Mr Simon Bokor-Ingram - Director of Clinical Services
Email: simon.bokor-ingram@nhs.net

NHS Shetland (Complaints and Advice Team)

Carolyn Hand - Complaints and Claims Officer
Tel: 01595 743064 Fax: 01595 696727 Email: carolyn.hand@nhs.net

Brevik House , South Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0TG

www.shb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Shetland (Freedom of Information)

- Information Governance Officer
Email: shet-hb.foi@nhs.net

Brevik House , South Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0TG

www.shb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Shetland (General Contact Details)


Tel: 01595 743060 Fax: 01595 696727 Email: shet-hb.information@nhs.net

Brevik House , South Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0TG

www.shb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Shetland (Recruitment)

- Human Resources Department
Tel: 01595 743690 Email: shet-hb.hradmin@nhs.net

Brevik House , South Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0TG

www.shb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Tayside

Gerry Marr - Chief Executive
Tel: 01382 818479

Kings Cross Hospital , Clepington Road, Dundee DD3 8EA

www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Tayside (Armed Forces Champion)

Linda Fox - Referral Governance Manager
Email: lindafox@nhs.net

NHS Tayside (Complaints and Advice Team)

- Complaints and Claims Manager
Tel: 0800 027 5507 Email: complaints.tayside@nhs.net

Level 7, , Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Angus DD1 9SY

www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Tayside (Freedom of Information)

Peter McKenzie - Information Governance Officer
Tel: 01382 527920 Email: informationgovernance.tayside@nhs.net

NHS Tayside, , Ashludie Hospital, Monifieth, Angus DD5 4HQ

www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Tayside (General Contact Details)

Dr Andrew Russell
Tel: 01382 818479 Fax: 01382 424003

NHS Tayside HQ, Kings Cross , Clepington Road, Dundee, Angus DD3 8EA

www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Tayside (Media Enquiries)

- Communications Department
Tel: 01382 424138 Fax: 01382 424166 Email: communications.tayside@nhs.net

NHS Tayside HQ, Kings Cross , Clepington Road, Dundee, Angus DD3 8EA

www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Western Isles

Gordon Jamieson - Chief Executive
Tel: 01851 702997

NHS Western Isles , 37 North Beach Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Ross-shire HS1 2BB

www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Western Isles (Armed Forces Champion)

Lachlan MacPherson
Email: lachlan.macpherson@nhs.net

NHS Western Isles (Complaints and Advice Team)

- Complaints and Claims Manager

NHS Western Isles , 37 South Beach Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Ross-shire HS1 2BB

www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk

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