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

Scotland's Service Directory

Through Scotland's Service Directory you can find the names, addresses, opening times and service details for thousands of NHS services in Scotland.  Further information is available via the link Here

Healthcare support

Veterans First Point was developed by veterans to help ex-service men and women and their families adjust to civilian life. This includes help with:

  • physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • family and relationships
  • housing
  • socialising
  • education
  • employment

They have drop-in centres across Scotland. Find your nearest centre.

Phone: 0131 221 7090

Find out about call charges

Email: V1P.Scotland@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Combat Stress gives free specialist treatment to ex-service men and women for mental health and stress problems.

Phone: 0800 138 1619

Email: helpline@combatstress.org.uk

Prosthetics services

The National Prosthetics Service (NPS) is Scotland's centre for designing and fitting prosthetic (artificial) limbs. If you've lost a limb due to your service in the armed forces and were not fitted with a prosthetic at that time, you can discuss a referral to the NPS with your local GP.

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

The complete guide to insomnia

How to sleep have produce several guides to assist individuals who may have sleep issues.  A recent addition is the complete guide to insomnia which may help you understand some of the causes and methods to deal with this.  A link to their website is included below if you wish to find out more:

The Complete Guide to Managing Insomnia (howtosleep.co.uk)

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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Carers' Information Pack - Information for carers, friends and families

The Carers' Information Pack gives information to carers about mental illness and where to find support.

It aims to meet some of the basic information needs of carers, family members and friends of people who have been diagnosed as having a mental illness or serious mental health problem.

Information is available on:

William Simpsons Home

Jean P A Lyon B.A. FRSH, FIAV, FLIAV – Manager
Tel: 01786 812421 Email: info@williamsimpsonshome.co.UK-wide

Main Street , Old Plean, Stirling FK7 8BQ

The William Simpsons Home provides Residential Social Care for 44 men with Alcohol Related Brain Damage with underlying mental health illness; Respite Care for 6 Service Users of mixed gender as well as 12 day care places, seven days per week; and Vocational Training through our Approved Centre status for the delivery of S.V.Qs Levels 2,3,4 also A units and V units.


William Street Clinic

Tel: 0141 3146200 Fax: 0141 3146255

120-130 William Street , Glasgow G3 8HS

Williamwood Medical Centre

Tel: 0141 6200333

85 Seres Road , Clarkston G76 7NW

Winchburgh Medical Practice

Sheena Hogg – Practice Manager
Tel: 01506 890210 Fax: 01506 890818

Winchburgh Health Centre , Niddry Road, Winchburgh EH52 6RX

Wishaw Health Centre

Tel: 01698 361716 Fax: 01698 355086

Kenilworth Avenue , Wishaw ML2 7BQ

Woodend Hospital

Tel: 0845 456 6000

Eday Road , Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB15 6XS


Woodside Health Centre

Tel: 0141 5319200 Fax: 0141 5319202

Barr Street , Glasgow G20 7LR

Woodside Medical Group

Kirsty Cook – Practice Manager
Tel: 0122 4492828 Fax: 0122 4276173

80 Western Road , Woodside, Aberdeen AB24 4SU