In the UK, a veteran is defined as anyone who has served for at least one day in HM Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Seafarers who worked alongside Service personnel in legally defined conflict situations.
The Military Covenant is a pact between society and military personnel that means they (and their immediate families) should not be disadvantaged by their service and the NHS needs to put in place measures to ensure this does not happen. At Hindon Surgery we do this by:
identifying veterans by asking you when you register and also during other surgery contacts and adding this information to your notes
having a practice lead GP with the knowledge and experience to understand a military background (Dr Craig-McFeely was in the Royal Navy for nine years serving at sea, in the UK and abroad with the army in Germany and all three forces in Gibraltar). Members of the practice staff have lived in a service environment.
identifying veterans when referring for care elsewhere – using this standard wording on the referral letter: “As this patient is a military veteran and his (or her) current condition may be related to military service, this referral should be considered for priority treatment under the rules set out in the Commissioning Board Mandate and Armed Forces Covenant." Priority treatment is for conditions related to military service.
having a list of support organisations that can be used by veterans and serving personnel
More can be found in the COBSEO Directory.
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