East Leake’s Health Centre has been accredited as veteran-friendly, with staff now able to identify and treat servicemen and women who have served their country at home or abroad more effectively.
The accreditation means that staff at the health centre can assess veterans’ health needs more accurately and refer them to the appropriate services, such as the NHS veterans’ trauma network or the NHS veterans’ mental health transition, intervention and liaison service.
Councillor Debbie Mason visited the centre to join staff, members of the patient participation group and DMRC’s colonel Gareth Thomas in signing the accreditation.
She said: “It is great that the health provision in East Leake is now able to offer further specialised support to those who have served in the Armed Forces.
“It is vital that veterans are able to access the support they may need and in Rushcliffe we are committed to ensure the different aspects of support are easily available.”
The nationwide scheme has been adopted by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs to meet the needs of ex-military personnel who may face additional challenges when they return to civilian life.
Dr Neil Fraser, GP in East Leake and lead for long-term conditions in Rushcliffe signed the accreditation on behalf of the health centre.
He said: “Healthcare for veterans was already a priority here in East Leake, but being accredited means we can now consider and accommodate their often unique needs more effectively.
“Changes to our internal patient system will allow us to identify ex-service personnel and also to ensure they receive care and treatment that is considerate of their time in the Armed Forces.”
For more information on the scheme, email Victoria Coomber, Armed Forces community covenant development officer for Rushcliffe, Charnwood and Melton at firstname.lastname@example.org.