Medical Care

For more specific medical advice NHS Direct, 0845 4647 is a useful option and allows you to talk to a doctor or nurse about a particular problem. There is also the online NHS Direct Health Encyclopaedia which provides information on illnesses, conditions, tests and treatments and is intended to complement the NHS Direct Self Help Guide which focuses on common family symptoms.

 

Use of Station Medical Centres

The best strategy when wishing to register your family with the Station Medical Centre is to ask the question. To the best of our knowledge the following Stations will allow families to register:

RAF Benson

RAF Brize Norton

RAF Cosford

RAF Cranwell

RAF Leuchars

RAF Marham

RAF Wittering

RAF Valley

Most of these are Training Medical Centres but the main criteria for inculsion on the practice list for families is living within the wire; Beacuse of the need for airfield cover Medical Centres cannot offer services to those who live several miles away from camp. Overseas eg. Cyprus, both medical and dental cover are provided for all families.

 

Hospital Waiting Lists

In England NHS have secured parity through the Armed Forces Covenant and when you move from one PCT to another you can expect to retain you position on the waiting list. This is not yet the case in the other Devolved Administrations ie Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but discussions are taking place.

 

Moving mid treatment

Should you be posted mid treatment, continuation of care will be maintained in the new location or you can opt to continue the treatment where it was started and travel back to that location for appointments.

 

Choosing where you are treated

 

Contacting the NHS

 

Other Options

King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes

King Edward VII's Hospital Sister Agnes is a registered charity committed to ensuring that uninsured serving and ex-Service men and women can receive swift access to an exceptional standard of health care - at little or no cost to themselves. The hospital is able to do this through the provision of grants and subsidies. Support is given regardless of rank or length of service, and is also available for the spouses, ex-spouses, widows and widowers of those who are/were serving. For more information please contact the Hospital on 020 7486 4411 or visit their website at www.kingedwardvii.co.uk

 

Defence Medical Welfare Service

DMWS is a charity  providing practical and emotional support to the Armed Forces, their families and other entitled civilians who serve. The charity provides a high-quality hospital welfare service to the military community both serving and their family members on operations and static locations in UK and Overseas in order to sustain the delivery of military capability.  The service provides military personnel and their families with support by a DMWS Welfare Officer while they are in hospital, in the care of a hospital or when they are in a rehabilitation or recovery centre. To find out more go to their website at: www.dmws.org.uk

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