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Are you a Military Veteran (Ex- Armed Forces)?

Military Veterans – Priority NHS Care

The UK Government has pledged to support Military Veterans, Ex-Forces with priority NHS care.

Who is defined as a veteran? ‘A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day in the regular or reservist forces’.

There are around 4.5m veterans in the UK. When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS. All 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. Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment if appropriate. Health related issues for veterans can manifest in a number of ways.

If you are a Military Veteran, please let reception your GP or nurse know so we can update your medical records.


Posters and Leaflets:

Leaving the Military

Advice and Support for Military Veterans

TILS Information

Top tips for veterans


Contacts:

Citizens Advice Bureau, Central & East Northamptonshire:  Email:  bureau.northamptoncab@cabnet.org.uk     or     Telephone:  03444 889 629  

Combat Stress:  Helpline:  0800 138 1619

Community Law Service, Northampton & County:  Email:  enquiries@communitylawservice.org.uk     or     Telephone:  01604 621038

Royal British Legion: Northampton:  Legionline:  0808 8028080     or     Health & Welfare: Linda Flecknell,  Telephone: 01844 246961

SSAFA, Northamptonshire branch:   Email:  northamptonshire@ssafa.org.uk     or     Telephone: 01604 603899

Veterans Gateway:  Website:  https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/     or     Telephone: 0808 802 1212


Northampton Borough Council Armed Forces Convenant:

The Community Covenant has been set up to encourage the local community to support serving and former members of the armed Forces and to increase the understanding of the issues that face members of the armed forces community.

At the same time, the armed forces are encouraged to support the community and promote activities that help to integrate them into civilian life.

The Community Covenant says that we will mark and remember the past sacrifices made on our behalf and encourage activities that integrate the armed forces into community life and to involve them in the wider community.

A group consisting of the armed forces, the council, housing, the voluntary and community sector and the civilian community meet on a quarterly basis to ensure that the actions in the plan are being implemented.

For more information please see the following websites:

https://www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200257/your-community/1643/armed-forces-community-covenant

https://www.afcnorthamptonshire.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx

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