When you leave the Armed Forces, your and where appropriate your families healthcare becomes the responsibility of the NHS. As part of the discharge process, you should be issued a F Med 133 during or after your final medical.
Once you have registered with a GP surgery, you must hand this over as it will be used to request your medical records from the MOD.
When registering at your new GP, you should inform that you are a veteran; this will enable the appropriate code to be annotated on your GP record. Please ensure you inform the GP that you have served, even if just for a day. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated with their time within the armed forces (service-related). More information is available at NHS Veterans.
If you are subject to a medical discharge this will be confirmed by a Medical Board and Occupational Health Team, which will determine your discharge date, allowing appropriate time to conduct your resettlement. You will receive a F Med 133, which will have Part 3 completed. You must hand this in at your GP surgery, when registering, as this will be used to request your medical records from the MOD and it may be required to ensure the continuation of any treatment.
The NHS offer specific services for the military community through the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) or the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).
TILS is a new NHS service specially tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge.
CTS is an enhanced local-community-based service for ex-service personnel who have military-related complex mental health problems that haven’t improved with earlier care and treatment.
Information on TILS and CTS can be found at the appropriate NHS Website.