Who is a veteran?

A veteran is anyone who has served in HM Armed Forces, regular or reserve including National Servicemen. Veteran status also applies to former Polish forces under British command in WWII and Merchant Mariners who have seen duty in military operations.

Vetarans can be any age from 18 to 100 plus.

Priority Treatment for Veterans

All veterans in England, Scotland and wales should recieve priority access to NHS secondary care for any conditions which they consider to be related to their Service, subject to the clinical needs of all patients.

Please make sure you let us know if you are a veteran so we can record this in your medical record.

By contacting the practice we can sign post you in the right direction for any help and support you need.

For FREE help and advice you can contact Veterans UK on 0800 169 2277 and ask to speak to your local Veterans Welfare Service representative.

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The Veterans Wellbeing and Liaison Service (VWALS) can help you get back on track.

To self refer please call VWALS on 0191 441 5974 or email or visit

We have an veteran information notice board in our waiting area, please refer to this for further information and support.




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