Priority NHS Care for Veterans
A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day, and there are around 4.5m veterans in the UK.
When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.
All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition, as long as it's related to their service, whether or not they receive a war pension.
All people leaving the armed forces are given a summary of their medical records, which they are advised to give to their new GP when they register.
Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment.
A minority of people leaving the armed forces need access to mental health services; others might require it later in civilian life.
Click on link below to access referral form to Greater Manchester West Mental Health Services:
Veterans In Mind
Support for ex-Armed Forces personnel at Veterans in Mind Cheshire and Merseyside
To refer yourself to this service, please contact single point of access on 0151 908 0019.
Alternatively complete the online referral form via www.gmmh.nhs.uk/military-veterans-services
The service delivers specialist, high quality, and effective clinical treatment to veterans who suffer from ongoing psychological issues, resulting from their time as a serving member of the armed forces.
The established staff team has developed expertise in working with military service related psychological difficulties, giving us the right skills and knowledge to work effectively with our service users. Types of psychological difficulties can include trauma related problems; various anxiety based problems; substance misuse; problems with self management, including anger; depression and problems related to adjusting to civilian life after military service.
We also provide the necessary links to support veterans and their families with housing, financial and social needs. We do this by working in partnership with local Veterans' agencies, who can offer a range of service users, from increasing social networks, to linking in with other services that may be useful, promoting long-term recovery.
Click here to download the full Military Veteran's Support from Veterans in Mind, in Cheshire and Merseyside leaflet (EXTERNAL PDF)