Veterans Scotland Health & Wellbeing Pillar



The Health & Wellbeing Pillar 

The Health & Wellbeing Pillar is the lead within Veterans Scotland on all Health and Wellbeing provision related matters to ensure that the Veterans community in Scotland is well informed on how veterans can access care appropriate to individual needs. The pillar brings together those member organisations who provide care to veterans in a common forum whose agenda includes:

  • Identify and work together with MOD and the Scottish Government in the field of Health and Wellbeing provision to veterans. 
  • Review current Health and Wellbeing provision against Veterans needs identifying both shortfalls and duplication 
  • Lead on lobbying over adequate funding for Health and Wellbeing.


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If you can answer yes to all three questions this means that you are a veteran. You are therefore entitled to priority treatment within the NHS in Scotland for a service related condition. It is no longer necessary to be in receipt of a war pension or gratuity from the Ministry of Defence.


  • It means, for example, if you suffered any ill health or injury during your service - (this will normally, but not always, be recorded on your service medical records) - that now requires further treatment, your GP will indicate, when referring you to the relevant NHS department, with your consent, that your injury is related to your time in the Armed Forces. The NHS department will then take account of this in allocating you an appointment. They will review their current waiting list, and, providing there are not other patients with a greater clinical need on the list, you will be given a priority appointment.
  • Priority treatment ONLY applies to conditions which are related to your service. (The NHS in Scotland is, however, working towards a maximum waiting time for allNHS patients from referral to treatment of 18 weeks by 2011.)
  • It is for your clinical practitioner to decide, on the balance of probabilities, whether your condition is related to your service.
  • You are under no obligation at any time to declare yourself a veteran and you may not wish to do so. You may, however, wish to discuss this entitlement with your GP during your consultation for treatment of a condition related to your service.
  • All veterans are able to use the NHS complaints procedure to resolve any breakdowns in the arrangements for priority treatment.
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Veterans Scotland Pillars

If you are looking for information, advice or guidance on any of the pillars, click on the relevant link below: