Healthcare in England – an overview

If you need to access healthcare advice in England, visit the NHS website for information about national and local services.

What help can I get as a veteran?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise to the nation that all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. 

How can I find a GP?

Your GP should be your first point of contact for most health concerns. They can provide advice, prescriptions and referrals to other services. It is important to register with a GP, rather than wait until you need treatment. Visit the NHS website to find out details of GP practices in your local area.

Tell your GP that you’ve served in the UK Armed Forces. This will help your GP to better understand any military related health conditions that you may have and ensure that you are referred, where appropriate, to dedicated services for ex-forces.

If you’ve recently left the forces, give your GP the paperwork that your military medical centre gave you. It is important to do this to help ensure your military health record transfers to your NHS health record. This will give your GP information on your health and ensure that any ongoing care and treatment is continued.

GP practices in England are being encouraged to become ‘veteran friendly’ accredited to ensure the best possible care is provided to those who have served. To find out which practices are accredited, see here. If your practice isn’t yet accredited, you could encourage them to do this by contacting the Royal College of GPs.

How can I find a dentist?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for free, or reduced price dental treatment. Many people on low incomes or those claiming means-tested benefits can receive free dental care. Find your local dentist on the NHS website.

Where is the closest pharmacy?

Visit your local pharmacy for treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, advice for contraception and help to stop smoking. Find your local pharmacy on the NHS website.

Where can I get an eye test?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive a free eye test, or vouchers towards the purchase of glasses or contact lenses. Speak to an optician to find out more.

How much do prescriptions cost?

See the NHS website for a full list of prescription charges. There are exceptions depending on circumstance and you may be entitled to free prescriptions if you are over 60 or are claiming income support.

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