Thursday, October 11, 2018

Health rights for veterans

Veterans and the NHS

  • If you have served in the armed forces as a regular or a reserve then you may be entitled to healthcare support as a veteran.
  • The armed forces covenant

NHS Scotland and all Scottish health boards have signed the armed forces covenant which says that:

veterans should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in using or accessing public and commercial services
special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for the injured and the bereaved
Priority treatment for veterans

The covenant states that veterans should receive priority treatment for ongoing health problems that are a direct result of their service unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands higher clinical priority. If you have health condition that fits this description and that needs treatment, please tell your GP.

“Priority treatment” should not be interpreted as “preferential treatment”. The level of priority is based on your clinical need for treatment. Veterans with health conditions that are not a direct result of service in the armed forces will not be given priority treatment.
Leaving the armed forces

When you leave the armed forces and return to civilian life, you should register with your local GP. Tell your GP that you have been in the forces and let them know if you have any medical conditions that are a direct result of your service. However, it is your choice whether or not you wish to be identified as a veteran in your NHS medical records.
Medical records

When you leave the forces you will be offered an F Med 133 which you should give to your civilian GP. This summarises your medical history, immunisation and screening status, and current medication.

Your medical records from your time in service are held by the MOD and can be shared with your GP with your signed consent.

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