We are proud to be a Veteran Aware Trust.
This means we have received accreditation, from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VC HA), to acknowledge our commitment to a number of key pledges, including:
- Ensuring that the armed forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients, in line with the NHS’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.
- Making veterans, reservists and service families aware of appropriate charities or NHS services beneficial to them, such as mental health services or support with financial and/or benefit claims
- Training relevant staff on veteran-specific culture or needs
- Supporting the armed forces as an employer
Please tell us if you or your spouse/partner, have ever served in the UK armed forces so we can best support your care needs.
Being flagged as a veteran in your NHS medical notes will help ensure you are able to access specific veterans’ health services, such as those for mental health, hearing loss, limb amputation and wheelchairs. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated with their time in the armed forces (service-related). But this is always subject to clinical need and doesn't entitle you to jump the queue ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.
Find out more about dedicated veterans' services
We offer a range of expert and dedicated services to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans, their carers and families. To find out more, go to: www.sabp.nhs.uk/veterans