Priority referral for veterans
All Armed Forces veterans are entitled to receive priority access to NHS care (including GP services, hospital and community treatment) for any conditions (mental and physical) which are likely to be related to or caused by their military service.
Please let us know if you are a military veteran so that we can note this in your medical records. If you need a referral to hospital for a condition which has been caused by your service, please mention this to the GP and confirm to the GP that you are happy for your veteran status to be included in the referral.
Veterans Wales is an NHS service for veterans in need of mental health support. Each health board in Wales has appointed an experienced clinician as a Veteran Therapist (VT) with interest in or experience of military mental health problems. Details can be found at http://www.veteranswales.co.uk
Champions for veterans and military service personnel have been established in every health board in Wales. They provide advocacy for veterans and service personnel to ensure that their needs are reflected in local service plans. Further details can be found at http://gov.wales/docs/dhss/publications/170116veteransen.pdf.
Veterans’ Gateway provides a single point of contact for veterans seeking advice and support. This includes advice from a range of organisations, covering issues from employment, finances and housing, to independent living, mental wellbeing, physical health, and families and communities. Veterans can telephone the service 24/7 on 0808 802 1212 or text their details to 81212 and an advisor will respond. Veterans can also talk to an advisor by e-mail or Live Chat via Veterans Gateway web site: https://support.veteransgateway.org.uk/app/get_help