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Armed Forces and Military Veterans

The provision of healthcare services at WHH aims to reduce health inequalities for members of the armed forces community.  We provide information and resources for veterans and their families.

What is a veteran?

“Anyone who has served for at least one day in His Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve), or Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations.”  This includes those who have completed National Service or basic training.

The Armed Forces Community includes:

•    Regular serving personnel.
•    Volunteer and regular reservists.
•    Veterans i.e. ex-service personnel
•    Families of the above (children, spouses, civil partners)
•    Bereaved – the family members of service personnel and veterans who have died, whether that death is connected to their service or not.

Under the Armed Forces Act, the NHS has a legal duty to demonstrate “due regard” to the healthcare needs of the armed forces community.  This means we must consciously consider the unique obligations and sacrifices made by the armed forces community.  We will seek to remove disadvantages faced by the Armed Forces community 

In some circumstances a ‘special provision’ of care may be appropriate which may include a level of prioritisation of care for veterans with health problems caused by their time in the armed forces.
Priority care may include the assessment and treatment of healthcare needs and/or provision of aids and appliances.

It is important to note, priority treatment is not guaranteed and will depend on the 
clinical need of all patients. 

For any Armed Forces or Veterans enquiries please contact:

Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.

For the North of England call 0300 373 3332 or email OpCourageNORTH@cntw.nhs.uk

More information about Op Courage.