Veteran health

Last updated: 8 July 2019

Speak to your local GP first if you're a veteran with health problems.

Right to priority treatment

The Scottish Government's Renewing our Commitments publication explains that veterans are given priority NHS treatment for conditions relating to their service in the armed forces, based on clinical need. That means if there's another medical emergency or an urgent case, that will take priority.

Find more information on Scottish Government's healthcare objectives for veterans.

NHS inform explains veterans' health rights and the services available to them.

Health board and local council veterans champions

Every health board and local council has an Armed Forces and Veterans Champion. They are usually a senior official or elected councillor who has volunteered to support veterans in their area who may have questions about accessing services and support.

Healthcare support

Veterans First Point was developed by veterans to help ex-service men and women and their families adjust to civilian life. This includes help with:

  • physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • family and relationships
  • housing
  • socialising
  • education
  • employment

They have drop-in centres across Scotland. Find your nearest centre.

Combat Stress gives free specialist treatment to ex-service men and women for mental health and stress problems.

Phone: 0800 138 1619

Text: 07537 404 719

Find out about call charges

Prosthetics services

The National Prosthetics Service (NPS) is Scotland's centre for designing and fitting prosthetic (artificial) limbs. If you've lost a limb due to your service in the armed forces and were not fitted with a prosthetic at that time, you can discuss a referral to the NPS with your local GP.

Other support

There are organisations that provide free support for veterans and their families. Many provide healthcare support. You can also see a full list of the Veterans Scotland member charities on their website.