It is widely understood that for some service families, finding medical and dental facilities can be difficult. Often this is associated with an assignment and as such, it can be an inescapable part of Service life. The NHS have internet sites that can help solve such problems. In particular, we have a link to their local health services search facility which supplies useful data on such things as GP practices and dentists based on postcodes. We have also included a link to NHS Direct which is a very useful source of information and general help for all things medical.
In addition, a link to the NHS England site aimed at the Armed Forces, the Scottish Government's commitment to Armed Forces Healthcare and information for the Armed Forces community in Wales are provided below:
Defence Medical Welfare Services Leaflet (PDF, 1.99MB) (for hospitalised Service personnel)
The first NHS Newsletter detailing their support to the Armed Services, their families and Veterans, has now been published.
NHS Newsletter (PDF, 58KB)
New Department of Health Leaflet on 'Meeting the healthcare needs of Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans'
This leaflet is designed to help regular Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans to understand how to access the health services they need, and what to do if things go wrong. The leaflet applies to health services in England.
Medical Leaflet (PDF, 917KB)
Priority Treatment for Service Veterans
In February 2010 the Chief Medical Office wrote to Primary Care Trusts advising them of the guidance in place to ensure that military veterans receive priority access to NHS secondary care for any conditions which are likely to be related to their service, subject to the clinical needs of all patients. A copy of this letter is below: