Veterans

Dear Armed Forces veteran

I am writing to introduce myself and to let you know of some of the support available both locally and nationally.

I am Dr Anna Proctor and I am the lead GP for Military Veterans at Bosmere Medical Practice. I served for 13 years in the Royal Navy. Although most of my time was spent in the maritime environment, I did deploy to Afghanistan in 2009 and worked at DMRC Headley Court for a period of time.

Veterans Gateway

The Veterans Gateway can be used as a first point of contact for whatever support is needed.
Website: www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Veterans Outreach Support

Locally we have access to the Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) service. The VOS Drop-In is open on the first Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 6pm in the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth.
Website: www.vosuk.org
Telephone: 02392 731 767

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes have a wide range of services, including their recovery programme and “hidden wounds”, a mental health support programme.
Website: www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Combat Stress

Combat Stress look after veteran’s mental health and run a 24 hour help line for both veterans and their family members.
Website: www.combatstress.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 138 1619

The Transition, intervention and liaison mental health service

The Transition, intervention and liaison mental health service is a NHS veterans’ mental health service available across England. This service provides a range of treatment and support for veterans. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

You can self refer to Adele Stevens (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight).
Email: sc.veterans@nhs.net
Telephone: 0300 365 0300

King Edward VII’s Hospital (London) run a veterans’ pain clinic

King Edward VII’s Hospital (London) run a veterans’ pain clinic as part of the Centre for Veterans’ Health. The Veterans’ Pain Clinic is free of charge to all veterans. All that is required is proof of service and a GP referral letter. For more information, or to book yourself a place, simply contact the Centre on Telephone: 0207 467 4370 or Email: veteranspainclinic@kingedwardvii.co.uk