Contact UsVeterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Tel: 0131 550 1569
Fax: 0131 557 5819
The Health & Wellbeing Groupis the lead within Veterans Scotland on all Health and Wellbeing provision related matters to ensure that the Veterans community in Scotland is well informed on how veterans can access care appropriate to individual needs. The group brings together those member organisations who provide health & wellbeing to veterans in a common forum whose agenda includes:
If you have served in the armed forces as a regular or a reserve then you may be entitled to healthcare support as a veteran.
NHS Scotland and all Scottish health boards have signed the armed forces covenant which says that:
The covenant states that veterans should receive priority treatment for ongoing health problems that are a direct result of their service unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands higher clinical priority. If you have health condition that fits this description and that needs treatment, please tell your GP.
“Priority treatment” should not be interpreted as “preferential treatment”. The level of priority is based on your clinical need for treatment. Veterans with health conditions that are not a direct result of service in the armed forces will not be given priority treatment.
When you leave the armed forces and return to civilian life, you should register with your local GP. Tell your GP that you have been in the forces and let them know if you have any medical conditions that are a direct result of your service. However, it is your choice whether or not you wish to be identified as a veteran in your NHS medical records.
When you leave the forces you will be offered an F Med 133 which you should give to your civilian GP. This summarises your medical history, immunisation and screening status, and current medication.
Your medical records from your time in service are held by the MOD and can be shared with your GP with your signed consent.
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:
SCOTTISH VETERANS COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR A REINVIGORATED APPROACH TO VETERANS’ HEALTHCARE IN SCOTLAND AND MORE AMBITION AND INNOVATION IN MEETING THEIR LONG-TERM NEEDS
In his latest report published today (Wednesday April 24), The Scottish Veterans Commissioner has called for a return to the days of more attention, ambition and innovation in meeting the long-term health and social care needs of Scotland’s veterans’ community.
A copy of the report is available here