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

NHS Self Help Guides

The NHS have produced a range of self help guides that cover a wide range of medical needs find out more 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.

NHS24 Daylight programme

Daylight is a digital programme to improve #anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (#CBT) and is free for NHS patients based in Scotland. Available on both iOS and Android devices, you can find out more by visiting: trydaylight.com/nhsinform

Aboyne Medical Practice

Aboyne Medical Practice

Tel: 0133 9886345 Fax: 0133 9887804

Bellword Road , Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5HQ

Abronhill Health Centre

Tel: 01236 723223 Fax: 01236 781426

Pine Road , Abronhill, Cumbernauld G67 3BE

Academy Medical Centre

John Wallace – Practice Manager
Tel: 01307 462316 Fax: 01307 463623 Email: johnwallace@nhs.net

Academy Street , Forfar DD8 2HA

Adams-Strump, B.J.

Tel: 0141 4274271

7 Midlock Street , Glasgow G51 1SL


Tel: 01592 321321


ADAPT cover the whole of Fife and are funded by the ADP to provide a triage service to other agencies for people suffering from problamatic substance misuse to receive treatment.

For further information or advice call the helpline on 01592 321321.

Airdrie Health Centre

Tel: 01236 768181 Fax: 01236 750704

Monkscourt Avenue , Airdrie ML6 0JU

Airth Health Centre

Tel: 0132 4831532 Fax: 0132 4831532

Graham Terrace , Airrth FK2 8LF