Register with a GP
It is very important that you register with a GP.
To speak to someone for advice on finding a GP or for other health services, you can also contact Healthwatch:
The Royal College of GPs is currently working with the NHS to encourage GP practices to become veteran-friendly. You can find out which practices in Liverpool are veteran-friendly on the Confederation of Service Charities' website.
When you register, don’t forget that you will need to give your new GP your medical history form F MED 133 'Medical History on Release Form HM Forces and FP13- Report of National Health Service Number. This means that your GP will be able to obtain your full documentation from the MoD and, if needed, you will be able to access veteran-specific services.
Please advise your GP that you have served in the Armed Forces and ask them to record your veteran status using the read code History Relating to Military Service 13JY.
All veterans are entitled to priority access to secondary NHS treatment, such as hospital care, for any condition related to their service, regardless of whether or not they receive a war pension. Any referral made by your GP should include a statement that your health condition may be related to your service.
Register with a dentist
It is also a good idea to register with a dentist, although you can still receive treatment even if you aren’t registered with a particular practice. Remember that not all dentists offer NHS treatment and even if they do, they might not be taking new NHS patients. When you visit a dentist remember to take your F MED 133 with you.
Local NHS services
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning NHS services. Find out about services in the city on Liverpool CCG’s website.
NHS Armed Forces healthcare
The NHS website also has dedicated information for veterans and their families. Visit the NHS website for more information.