South Hylton Surgery are honoured to offer this service to our patients;
A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day. There are around 2.8 million veterans in the UK.
When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.
It is highly important for continuing healthcare that you register with an NHS GP and remember to tell them you’ve served. Telling the GP practice about your veteran status will trigger the transfer of your full medical documentation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to your GP and enable you to benefit from veteran-specific services, like prosthetics and mental health.
You shouldn’t be disadvantaged from accessing appropriate health services, so it's important that you notify your current GP that you are moving, particularly if you're on a waiting list for medical treatment, so that this information can be transferred across.
Details of GP surgeries and other health services within your area can be found by using Find GP services.
All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated to their time within the armed forces (service-related). However this is always subject to clinical need and does not entitle you to jump the queue ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.
For more information on the duty of care owed to service personnel, read the Armed Forces Covenant (PDF).
Our practice Armed Forces Champion is Stacey Taylor
Our Armed Forces Champion will offer advice and support and will be able to signpost our Military community to the services they may require.
Please let the practice know if you have served in the Armed Forces as a Regular, Reservist or Adult Volunteer Cadet. We have a pack that you can collect from our reception.
The practice works with Sunderland CCG Armed Forces Leads and Veterans in Crisis Sunderland to ensure those who have served or currently serving in the Military have access to information across the city on services and support that is available.