Health & Wellbeing
seEveryone has times when they need support with their physical or mental health. Check out the information in this section to guide you on your way to feeling great.
Signing up for GP
If you’re just leaving service and you’re coming back to Liverpool you’ll need to sign up with your local general practitioner (GP) on the NHS in order to access services.
- When you leave service you should be given a form FMED 133 which requests that your military records are shared with your GP. You should also be given a summary record of your health history given to you on discharge
- If you have a permanent address, you should start by looking for your local general practice – all practices in Liverpool have an open list and accept new patients, you can search for a GP near you here
Once you’ve found a GP, call up and ask to be added as a new patient, you’ll be asked to visit the practice:
- When you first present for registration you’ll be given GS1 form to fill in – on the bottom of this form it will ask if you’re serving/ex-serving. If you let the GP know, you will be entitled to priority secondary care if your medical condition relates to your military service.
- You’ll then be given a new patient medical assessment – here you’ll see a practice nurse, who will give you an overall assessment of your health and wellbeing and at this point they will usually request bloods
Struggling to get access to a GP or dentist?
Contact Healthwatch, they have a list of dentists who accept NHS patients. You can also call them on 03000 68 3000 which is FREE from mobile. You can find out more information about NHS veterans’ healthcare here
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Are you worried about your mental health or wellbeing? Your first point of call is your GP who can talk to you about your concerns and then make a referral to a suitable service. At Veterans HQ Liverpool we have a team of mental health counsellors that you can request an informal chat with, this may lead onto regular mental health support sessions. We also offer mental health walk and talk sessions, which involve gentle walks in inspiring and relaxing countryside.
- The Military Veterans IAPT service is an NHS psychological therapy service working with British ex-service personnel, across the North West. Watch this for more information. You can be referred by your GP or can make a self-referral by completing the self-referral form here or calling 0161 253 6638
- Your GP can direct you to local mental health provision including local community mental health teams and specialist services.
LVP HQ also have an agreed mental health pathway – if you are having problems accessing mental health support or you don’t wish to ask your GP about these services, LVP HQ can signpost you to appropriate mental health charities.
- The Big White Wall is a safe, anonymous support service, available online 24/7. Staffed by trained counsellors at all times, it’s now free to all military personnel, veterans and their families.
- If you need to talk to someone the Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – call them on 08457 90 90 90 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Combat Stress offer a 24 hour helpline specifically for members of the military community 0800 138 1619
If you’re worried about your physical health and wellbeing or want to know how to improve your health and fitness:
- Your GP will be able to refer to support for physical and general wellbeing
- Your local GP will also have access to a team of health trainers in supporting lifestyle changes including alcohol, diet and exercise
- Your GP can also now refer to the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice on prescription watch this for more information.
- Blind Veterans UK. If you have a visual impairment and need support them you could contact Blind Veterans UK. They offer practical help free of charge.
- BLESMA offers support to limbless veterans
- Liverpool Veterans HQ have their own health and fitness programme running 5 days a week – call in or phone for more info!
Complementary & Alternative Therapies
Complementary and alternative therapies are becoming a more common and respected route to achieve optimum health and wellbeing.
LVP offer FREE Reiki and Reflexology sessions at the HQ on Breck Road. You can book by phone or email or call in. Before treatment commences you will need to complete a health & lifestyle questionnaire with a qualified therapist and if all is ok treatment will commence. Each treatment is 30 minutes. They are delivered on a first come first served basis, currently only on a Wednesday between 10.30 – 2.30.
To find out more about complementary and alternative therapies check out Alternative Sceptics, a documentary produced by Veterans in Practice and filmmaker Jackie Passmore.