0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk

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>>

To refine your searches by local authorities choose from the form below and click search.

Travelling Abroad with a Medical Condition or Disability.

In today’s world, travel isn’t restrictive. Regardless of whether you’re fit and health, have a physical impairment, learning disability, or any other condition, there should be no excuse to avoid travelling.

The various guides available via the link below may be able to assist in your planning and highlight areas for consideration.

Links Here

2 Tiree Place

Tel: 0132 4619930 Fax: 0132 4629295

2 Tiree Place , Hallglen, Falkirk FK12PP

Abbey Health Centre

Elaine Summers – Practice Manager
Tel: 01241 872692 Fax: 01241 872976 Email: esummers@nhs.net

East Abbey Street , Arbroath DD11 1EN

Abbey King’s Park Hospital

Tel: 01786 451669

Polmaise Rd , Stirling, Stirlingshire FK7 9PU

Aberchirder Medical Group

Tel: 0146 6780213

Parkview , Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 7SW

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Tel: 0845 456 6000

Cornhill Road , Foresterhill, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB25 2ZL


Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Tel: 0845 456 6000

Cornhill Road , Foresterhill, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB25 2ZN


Aberfeldy and Kinloch Rannoch MP

Mary Connelly – Practice Manager
Tel: 01887 820366 Fax: 01887 829566 Email: m.connelly@nhs.net

Aberfeldy Health Centre , Taybridge Road, Aberfeldy PH15 2BH

Aberfeldy Community Hospital

Tel: 01887 820314 Fax: 01887 829604

Old Crieff Road , Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2DH


Aberfoyle Medical Centre

Tel: 0187 7382421

Main Street , Aberfoyle FK8

Aboyne Hospital

Tel: 013398 86433

Bellwood Road , Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5HQ


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