GPs join NHS crusade to help ex-military servicemen adapt to life after the Armed Forces

GPs join NHS crusade to help ex-military servicemen adapt to life after the Armed Forces

SCORES of family doctors have joined an NHS crusade to help military heroes on their return to civvy street. They have declared their surgeries “ve

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SCORES of family doctors have joined an NHS crusade to help military heroes on their return to civvy street.

They have declared their surgeries “veteran friendly” to help ex-servicemen and women with specialist care tailored to their needs.

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GPs have pledged to help ex-servicemen as they return to life outside of the armed forces[/caption]

Health chiefs have revealed that 150 practices have signed up to the scheme – unveiled in the NHS long-term plan – and hundreds more are expressing an interest.

The new National Heroes’ Service will help those battling booze, drug or mental health problems.

There are about 2.6million veterans living in the UK and one in 20 will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. A smaller number will have severe and complex mental health needs.

Dr Jonathan Leach, NHS England’s medical director for Armed Forces and Veterans Health, said: “We are committed to providing our veterans with the specialist care that they need, including high quality mental health support.


“GPs play a key part in helping us to support veterans adapt to civilian life, and it is therefore vital that they understand their particular health needs in order to ensure that they get the right treatment and care.”

The NHS Long Term Plan has a particular focus on improving NHS England’s mental health services for former armed forces members.

Dr Jonathan Leach of NHS England says he is ‘committed to providing our veterans with the specialist care that they need’

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