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 will be issued an F Med 133 at your final medical. You must hand this in at your GP surgery when registering as this will be used to request your medical records from the MOD.
When registering at your new GP, as part of the process you will be asked if you are a veteran, this will enable the appropriate code to be annotated on your GP record. 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). 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 an 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 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 here.
Accessing NHS Dentists after service is known to be difficult. If you are experiencing difficulty in accessing an NHS Dentist assistance can be viewed here.