Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice
We’re officially accredited as an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice!
Being accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners means that a practice can better identify veterans and capture better data to improve future health provision. It also means that the NHS is better able to meet the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, which says the Armed Forces community, including veterans, should face no disadvantage in accessing health services. Understanding the needs of our veterans will help us identify their healthcare needs better.
A veteran is someone who has served in the British Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) for at least one day. Veterans also include any member of the Merchant Marine who has served in a war zone. This includes crew from convoys in World War 2 and more recently in the Falklands conflict and Gulf Wars.
About 18,000 service people move back into civilian life every year and whilst most of these individuals have similar levels of health to the general population, around 2,000 leave on medical grounds. The top reasons for medical discharge are for issues relating to back, knees, mental health and hearing.
If you are a veteran please let us know!
Did you know about our local Lancashire Armed Forces Covenant Hub, a one stop website for support and networking opportunities
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