Support for veterans

LOCAL politicians have welcomed an announcement of a new NHS Scotland initiative, the Veterans’ Health Zone, which will provide advice and specialist information for healthcare workers and armed forces veterans and their friends and families.

The initiative, on the new NHS Inform information service, also includes a new Veterans’ Healthcare Guide.

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie said: “It is important that we do everything we can to support our veterans. After everything they have given on our behalf, we have a duty to ensure that they have all the support and care that they may need.

“That’s why I’m glad to welcome this new initiative which will ensure that health workers are more able to identify veterans and ensure they have access to specialist services through the NHS, including priority treatment for Service related conditions where needed.

“In many cases, it will involve providing information on specific health concerns or advice on mental and physical recovery. All that information is now brought together where it can easily be accessed online.”

Ferry Councillor Kevin Cordell added: “As Dundee City Council’s representative on the Highland Cadet Forces Association, I am keen that healthcare providers and veterans and all connected with the forces are fully aware of the support and priority treatment available to veterans.

“There is veterans’ housing in my ward and, of course, the Rosendael Home for veterans and former service personnel so I am keen to see this initiative making a difference and will be bringing it to their attention.”