Shropshire Council

Health advice

On returning to civilian life, it's important that you register with a GP practice. Tell them you're a veteran and ask for this to be recorded on your medical notes. Form FMED133 is issued at your discharge medical. This should be given to your new GP practice, so they can obtain details of your previous medical history. Call NHS Direct on 111 if you need help. You should also register with a dental practice.

Paying for health care

If you visit your GP practice you won't have to pay, but if your GP writes you a prescription, you'll have to pay a ‘standard prescription charge’. If you go to an NHS dentist to have teeth checked and cleaned there will also be a standard charge. These costs are much cheaper than having to pay for private healthcare. Some people can get help with these costs. For example, if you receive benefits, you'll be entitled to free prescriptions.

For all other general healthcare queries, take a look at the NHS webpages. The NHS also has information specifically on military healthcare.

Mental health

Keeping your mind in good shape is really important, and taking care of your physical health can also improve your mental health. In everyone’s lives there are times which are more difficult than others; changing jobs and moving home are two of these. Most people cope with life-changing events well, but sometimes people need to talk about these events with someone who isn't a friend or family member. Your GP can put you in touch with services that could help.

There's a range of mental health support for civilians. Find out more from our mental health webpage. Additionally, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Veterans' Mental Health Services aim to work alongside current care providers in meeting the needs of veterans with mental health issues.

Self-referrals can be made, but we encourage all veterans to use existing routes (GP and community mental health teams), therefore benefiting from the wide range of healthcare services available to former members of the armed forces.

Our Guide on "Looking after your mental health during Covid-19" is also available for view.

Take a look at TogetherAll too which is an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common Mental Health issues.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the leading veterans' mental health charity in the UK providing treatment for ex-service personnel suffering with mental ill-health, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, where you served, or whether you saw combat - they may be able to help. If you're the loved one or carer of an ex-service man or woman, there's support for you too.

‘Joining Forces’ - veterans' mental health app

This app is designed specifically for veterans of the British Armed Forces, providing information on mental health problems and highlighting where to get help.