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:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 769 7555 Email: help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

10 Toft Green , PO Box 1, York YO1 7ND

What is AA? An Introduction Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Help, counselling and advice, phoneline aims to be open when other sources of help are closed. Phones manned Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am, and all weekend from Fri 6pm-Mon 6am.

Call our National Helpline: 0845 769 7555

or Email: help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Calls charged at local rate on BT lines. Other networks may vary.


Alexandria Medical Centre

Tel: 0138 9752419

46-62 Bank Street , Alexandria G83 0NB

Alford Medical Practice

Tel: 0197 5562253

Gordon Road , Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8AL

Alison Lea Medical Centre

Tel: 08456 122444 Fax: 01355 239711

Calderwood , East Kilbride G74 3HW

Allan Park Medical Practice

Tel: 0178 6451375 Fax: 0178 6448596

19 Allan Park , Stirling FK8 2DQ

Allander Surgery

Tel: 0141 3368038

191 Denmark Street , Glasgow G22 5SS

Alloway Surgery

Tel: 01292 445533

Alloway Surgery , Village Hall, Alloway, Ayrshire & Arran KA7 4PY

Alness/ Invergordon Medical Group

Tel: 0134 9852893 Fax: 01349 852530

The County Community Hospital , Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty IV18 0JR

Alva Medical Practice

Carol Broadfoot – Practice Manager
Tel: 0125 9760331 Fax: 0125 9769991

West Johnstone Street , Alva FK12 5BD

Alyth Health Centre

Vicki Fulller – Practice Manager
Tel: 01828 634099 Fax: 01828 633272 Email: vickifuller@nhs.net

New Alyth Road , Alyth PH11 8EQ