Priory Medical Centre are pleased to announce that we have been approved & accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) as an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice. As an accredited Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP practice, we are able to provide support to Military Veterans and their families in line with the RCGP advice & the Armed Forces Covenant.
What does this mean?
The NHS has a duty to deliver on a number of health commitments, which are set out in the Armed Forces Covenant as follows:
- The Armed Forces community should enjoy the same standard of, and access to healthcare as that received by any other UK citizen in the area they live.
- Family members should retain their place on any NHS waiting list, if moved around the UK due to the service person being posted.
- Veterans should receive priority treatment for a condition which relates to their service, subject to clinical need.
- Those injured in service should be cared for in a way that reflects the nation’s moral obligation to them, by healthcare professionals who have an understanding of the Armed Forces culture.
This is reflected in principle four of the NHS Constitution, which states ‘the NHS will ensure that in line with the Armed Forces Covenant, those in the Armed Forces, reservists, their families and veterans are not disadvantaged in accessing health services in the area they reside’.
The Covenant is an important aspect of our approach to care, especially as the Armed Forces community can be at a disadvantage due to their mobility and frequent moves.
What is a veteran?
A veteran is anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve. It means the same as ‘ex service personnel’ or ‘ex-forces’, although not all veterans know, choose or want to associate with the term ‘veteran’. This is particularly the case amongst younger veterans who often refer to themselves as ‘ex-forces’, due to the common belief that a veteran is someone who fought in the First / Second World War.
What do I do if this applies to me?
If you are a military veteran, or a member of a military family, please let us know so we can record this on your medical records. Once recorded, we might be able to provide you with additional support & priority access to medical care in line with the guidance.
Please see the attachments for additional information on this scheme.
Veterans Patient Charter
Top tips for Veterans
Contact for Further Information
Further information on the Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice can be obtained from either Robert Massey-Ellis (Executive Director), himself a former member of the British Army, or Dr Lazar, who is the clinical lead.