The Armed forces community health pathway is designed to help armed forces veterans navigate hospital and GP appointments smoothly. 

The armed forces booklet is available for veterans to complete, keep and use within any health and social care appointment. This gives the healthcare professional a brief overview of your information. This information will only be used to help with your treatment and care.

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Here at Willaston Surgery, we have been given accreditation as a Veteran Friendly Practice!

This means we are actively working to support our Veteran patients through various means including our PPG, website and through word of mouth. 

What is a Veteran?A veteran is anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether as a regular or reservist. It means the same as ‘ex service personnel’ or ‘ex-forces’, although not all veterans know the term or choose to associate with the term ‘veteran’. Younger veterans might refer to themselves as ‘ex-forces’, in the belief that a veteran is someone who fought in the First/Second World War.

Please follow the below links to find out more about some of the support available to you:

Mental health support for veterans, service leavers and reservists – NHS (

Advice and support for veterans & ex-forces | Veterans’ Gateway (

Please make sure you inform the reception team that you are a Veteran so we can ensure this in your medical record.

Helpful contacts

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity - provide personalised, face-to-face support to those in local area

Veterans Gateway - 24/7 for welfare needs, including healthcare and housing to employability and more

OP Courage - The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service - NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families

Help for Heroes – Helping wounded veterans and their families to recover and get on with their lives

Royal British Legion - Lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families

Veterans UK - Free support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, veterans welfare service, defence transition services and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments

CWP Crisis Line - mental health support that is available to anyone, at any time of day on 0800 145 6485