We at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are a member of the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance. This means we are committed to providing quality NHS care for people who serve, or have served, in the UK Armed Forces and their families. This page explains why this is important to us and how serving in the UK Armed Forces can enable you and your family to have easier access to specific health services for veterans.

Improving care for veterans across the NHS

If you or your spouse/partner have ever served in the UK Armed Forces, please let a member of staff know.

In line with the Armed Forces Covenant, being identified as a member of the Armed Forces family you are able to access specific health services for veterans. Such as those for mental, physical health and prosthetics etc.

Members of the Armed Forces family may be entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) especially for service-related conditions. This is always subject to clinical need but does not entitle you to go ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.

What you can expect from us

  • We support the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant Duty, by identifying and supporting Veterans and Armed Forces families.
  • We recognise the unique obligations and sacrifices made by HM Armed Forces and aim to provide the appropriate healthcare to meet the needs of those who have become ill or injured, as a result of their time in service.
  • We have educated and trained all relevant staff to identify and respond to Veterans’ needs.
  • We have Veteran and Armed Forces Community Advocates who will signpost our patients to health, welfare and social support, please ask to be referred if needed.
  • Our Advocacy team can be contacted by email at ghn-tr.ghtafa@nhs.net or call 07977 234508
  • We support the UK Armed Forces community as an employer.
  • We listen to the feedback from our Veterans and Armed Forces families to improve our services.

Referral pathways for veterans

Op RESTORE:

Formerly the Veterans Trauma Network, is the Veterans physical health and wellbeing service.

Email: imperial.oprestore@nhs.net (GP referral only)

Op COURAGE:

Veterans mental health and wellbeing service.

Tel: 0300 034 9986

Email mevs.mhm@nhs.net or visit

www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/mental-health/veterans-reservists/

Op NOVA:

Provides support for veterans who are in contact with the justice system, enabling them to access the services they need.

Tel: 0800 917 7299

Email opnova@forcesemployment.org.uk or visit

www.forcesemployment.org.uk/programmes/op-nova/

Op FORTITUDE:

The pathway for homeless veterans, or for veterans about to be made homeless.

Tel: 0800 952 0774 or visit the secure web portal at www.riv.org.uk/opfortitude

Veterans UK:

Provides compensation, pension and welfare support to serving personnel and veterans and facilitates access to appropriate support from other government departments, local authorities, independent bodies and the charity sector.

Tel: 0808 1914 218

Email veterans-uk@mod.gov.uk or visit

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk

Veterans’ Gateway:

Information and support hub for veterans and their families.

Tel: 0808 802 1212 or text 81212

www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Charities who support veterans and their families

Combat Stress

UK’s leading charity on veterans’ mental health.

Tel: 0800 138 1619

Email: helpline@combatstress.org.uk

BLESMA British Limbless Ex-Service Man’s Association

Tel: 020 8590 1124

Email: info@blesma.org

Help for Heroes

Providing support for veterans and their families across the UK, by helping veterans improve their physical and mental health.

Tel: 0300 303 9888

Email: getsupport@helpforheroes.org.uk

SSAFA

Providing help to the armed forces community. Focussing on individuals in need of practical or emotional support.

Tel: 0800 260 6767 or visit their local website www.ssafa.org.uk/gloucestershire

The Royal British Legion:

Provides financial, emotional and social support to members of the Armed Forces Community.

Tel: 0808 802 8080 or

Email: info@britishlegion.org.uk

Reference number GHPI1821_11_23
Department Patient experience
Review due November 2026