Health care needs of military veterans

The NHS is responsible for ensuring that the needs of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families are met and that there is clear access to services. 

Those leaving the armed forces are given a summary of their medical records, which they are advised to give to their GP when they register. The Department of Health advises GP practices that it’s good practice to record veteran status in their medical record using the Read code ‘History Relating to Military Service’: 13JY.

All military veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition as long as it's related to their service, regardless of whether or not they receive a war pension.

When referring a veteran with such a condition, the referral should include a statement that the health condition may be related to the patient’s military service. The responsibility then rests with the provider clinician reading the referral to take into account the patient’s status and to bring forward the appointment, if appropriate. This process takes into account the condition of other patients waiting to be seen.

Further information relating to this can be found on the NHS Choices Website or in the leaflet on Meeting The Healthcare Needs Of Veterans.

Military Veterans Service

The Military Veterans Service provides help for those who have served in the British Armed Forces and their families from across the North West. This includes people who live in the region or are registered with a GP in Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

The service can help with any of the following issues:

  • Feeling down or depressed
  • Feeling anxious or stressed out
  • Not being able to sleep
  • Worrying about things
  • Struggling with money
  • Finding secure employment
  • Finding somewhere to live
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Feelings of anger
  • Coping with a loss or bereavement
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Feelings of anger and frustration
  • Distressing flashbacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

You can get in touch with the service in the following ways:

Complete a referral form online.
Call 0161 253 6638 (Monday to Friday 9.00 - 5.00)