Armed Forces


St Agnes Surgery are a Veteran Accredited Surgery, to help the surgery identify any service personnel, please inform reception if you have served in any the British Forces or if you currently have family member serving and we will update you records to reflect this and make sure you receive the care and services as directed in the "Military Covenant".

Who exactly is a veteran?

Veterans include anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve), as well as Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who have served in a vessel that was operated to facilitate military operations by the Armed Forces.

It is estimated that there are around four million veterans, around half of whom left the Services before 1960. In addition, in the Armed Forces community, there are 5.4 million adult spouses, partners, widowers and child dependants. Around 18,000 Service people move back into civilian life every year, including around 2000 who leave the Services on medical grounds. Veterans may prefer to use other terms to describe themselves, such as ‘ex-Serviceman’.

In 2008, the War Pensioners’ entitlement to priority treatment in the NHS was extended to include all veterans. This entitled all veterans with health conditions that may be related to their military service to be given priority treatment.  The concept of priority treatment is not for the veteran to be seen quicker than patients with greater clinical need. For conditions related to military service, the Department of Health directs that veterans at their first outpatient appointment would be ‘scheduled for treatment quicker than other patients of similar clinical priority’.

Please follow the link for further information: Veteran FAQ July 2019

To read the NHS Veteran Patient Charter please click on the following link: NHS Veteran Patient Charter

To read the latest Top Tips for Veterans, please click on the following link: NHS Top Tips for Veterans

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