Pledge on veteran care

December 19 2018

Southmead Hospital is one of just 24 acute hospital trusts accredited by the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance (VCHA) to lead the way in improving NHS care for veterans and members of the armed forces community.

The hospital will now start to provide training to staff to be aware of veterans’ specific needs, making past and present servicemen and women aware of appropriate charities or NHS services beneficial to them, such as mental health services or support with financial and/or benefit claims.

It will also ensuring that the armed forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients which is in line with the NHS’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.