ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES FOR MILITARY VETERANS – PRIORITY TREATMENT
The Practice is fully supportive of the Department of Health in requesting that the NHS works closely with military services to ensure that the health needs of military veterans are given the appropiate priority.
If GP’s are aware of a patient’s veteran status they are asked to state this in any referral letter including if, in their clinical opinion, the condition may be related to military service. They will allocate the correct appointment priority based on the patient’s medical condition.
Where a clinician receiving the referral agrees that a veteran’s condition is likely to be service-related they are asked to prioritise veterans over other patients with the same level of clinical need. Veteran’s will not be given priority over other patients with more urgent clinical needs.
If you are a veteran (defined as someone who has served at least one day in the UK Armed Forces) and you would like your status to be shown on your medical records please inform the practice either by telephone or in person to reception.