The veteran friendly GP practice accreditation is a programme run by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and NHS England to recognise and support practices in delivering the best possible care and treatment for patients who have served in the armed forces.
What does being a Veteran Friendly Accredited GP mean to us?
Being a Veteran Friendly Accredited practice means we recognise the importance of delivering tailored care for veteran patients and their families within our community. We understand the unique health needs that veterans have and we will always continue to strive to provide the very best care and support. Our designated Practice Lead is Dr Steven Shapiro.
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It is important to register with a GP, rather than wait until you need treatment. Visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk to find details of GP practices in your local area.
If you’ve recently left the forces, it is important to give your GP the paperwork that your military medical centre gave you, including any medical records. This will help to make sure your military health record transfers to your NHS health record. This will also give your GP information on your health and ensure that any ongoing care and treatment is continued.
Regardless of when you left the military, tell your GP that you’ve served in the UK Armed Forces. This will help your GP to better understand any military related health conditions that you may have and ensure that you are referred, where appropriate, to dedicated services for veterans.
With your agreement, it can sometimes be helpful for your doctor to refer you to Armed Forces charities, such as SSAFA, the Royal British Legion, Combat Stress or Help for Heroes. They can often offer significant help and support, even if they do not all deliver healthcare.
You may be worried about sharing information about your time in the Armed Forces. Please note that the NHS is bound by a confidentiality code of practice to ensure GPs, nurses and other people working within the NHS deliver a confidential service bound by law.
How to notify us that you are a Veteran?
If you would like to let us know that you are a veteran – please contact us via email [email protected]
If you would like to register with our practice as a new patient, please visit our registration page, and mark on the registration form that you are a Veteran: Register with us