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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Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill)

Tel: 0141 201 0000 Fax: 0141 201 0001

Yorkhill, Glasgow , Lanarkshire G3 8SJ

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 536 1000

Edinburgh , Midlothian EH16 4SA

Royal Victoria Hospital (Dundee)

Tel: 01382 423000

Dundee , Angus DD2 1SP

Royal Victoria Hospital (Edinburgh)

Tel: 0131 537 5000

Edinburgh , Midlothian EH4 2DN

Rubislaw Place Medical Group

Susan Stephen - Practice Manager
Tel: 0122 4641968

7 Rubislaw Place , Aberdeen AB10 1QB

Russell Institute

Tel: 0141 8898701

30 Causeyside Street , Paisley PA1 1UR

Rutherglen Primary Care Centre

Tel: 0141 5316000

130 Stonelaw Road , Glasgow G73 3PQ

Ryehill Health Centre

Jane Parker - Practice Manager
Tel: 01382 644466 Fax: 01382 646302 Email:

St. Peter Street , Dundee DD1 4JH


- Veterans Mentoring Service
Tel: 0131 624 7270 Email:

SACRO National Office , 29 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QN

Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service is a service for military veterans who are currently in or are on the periphery of the criminal justice system. The service will work closely with the veteran to put an intensive support plan in place where strategies can be developed to cope with their specific needs. The aim of the service is to enable the service user to enjoy sustainable, independent living. The service currently operates from offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin and Glasgow

Saltcoats Group Practice

Tel: 0129 4605141 Fax: 0129 4462828

Saltcoats Group Practice , The Health Centre, 17-19 Raise Street KA21 5LX

Saltoun Surgery

Tel: 0134 6514154

Lochpots Road , Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9NH


Tel: 08457 90 90 90 Email:

Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK , P.O. Box 90 90, Stirling FK8 2SA

Help for women and children suffering domestic abuse. Lists local groups organised by location and some groups specifically for religious/ethnic communities.

Sandhead Surgery

Ann Baird - Practice Manager
Tel: 0177 6830262 Fax: 0177 6888503 Email:

Piggery Road , Sandhead DG9 9 DP

Sandyford Surgery

Tel: 0141 2483698

1119 Argyle Street , Glasgow G3 8ND


- SANE Services
Tel: 0845 767 8000

1st Floor, Cityside House , 40 Adler Street, London E1 1EE

Mental health care in south east Glasgow, providing cognitive behaviour therapy sessions to tackle stress, open to anyone with a GP in south east Glasgow.

Scalloway Health Centre

Tel: 01595 880219 Fax: 91595 880 461 Email:

Scalloway and Central Mainland , Scalloway, Shetland ZE1 0UH

Scotstown Medical Group

Tel: 0122 4702149

Cairnfold Road , Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB22 8LD

Scottish Association for Mental Health

- SAMH Information Service
Tel: 0800 417 3466 Email:

Brunswick House , 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is Scotland’s leading Mental Health charity. We work hard every day to ensure that people are talking about mental health and we do this in four ways:

  1. Provision of community based services: SAMH provides community based support services for people across Scotland experiencing mental health, addiction and homelessness problems.

  2. National programmes: SAMH is building five national programmes designed to address wider societal needs for information, resources and services. The programmes focus on Anti-Stigma, Anti-Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Trauma and the benefits of Physical Activity and Sport on mental health.

  3. Policy and campaigning work: SAMH campaigns for the development of legislation, policy and practice that is based on the real life experiences of people with mental health and related problems.

  4. Fundraising events and initiatives to ensure our vital work can continue.

We also provide a National Information Service (Freephone: 0800 917 3466, email: and walk in Mental Health Resource Centres for the general public in Glasgow, Angus and the Borders.

Further details can be found at

Scottish Drug Services Directory

- Scottish Drugs Forum
Tel: 0141 221 1175 Fax: 0141 248 6414 Email:

91 Mitchell Street , Glasgow G1 3LN

Provides information on the rights of people with mental health issues, and support and advice for carers, and inspects care facilities and carries out investigations into poor care.

Scottish War Blinded

Tel: 0800 045 6409 Email:

50 Gillespie Crescent Edinburgh EH10 4JB , Edinburgh EH10 4JB

We give free support to ex-service men and women, no matter if they lost their sight during or after service.

Support can include:
Rehabilitation and training to adapt to sight loss
Grants for equipment to assist with independent living
Funded respite care
Home modifications
Sports, recreation and social activities.
The majority of veterans currently benefiting from our services have developed sight loss as a result of age related sight loss, such as macular degeneration.

Scourie and Kinlochberview Medical Practice

Tel: 0197 1521260 Fax: 01971 502399

Health Centre , Kinlochbervie, Sutherland IV27 4RP

Seafield Hospital

Tel: 01542 832081 Fax: 01542 834254

Buckie , Banffshire AB56 1EJ

Seafield Medical Centre

Tel: 0154 2835577

Barhill Road , Buckie, Moray AB56 1FP

Selkirk Medical Practice

Tel: 01750 21674 Fax: 01750 23705 Email:

1 Viewfield Lane , Selkirk TD7 4LJ

Shaftesbury Medical Practice

Tel: 0141 9595500

1265-1275 Dumbarton road , Glasgow G14 9UU

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