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Date: 29 January 2023
We are working towards achieving national Veteran Aware status to ensure the best possible NHS care is provided for veterans, their families, and to those who are still serving in the UK’s armed forces.
We will be holding a drop in event on Thursday 29 September 2022, from 10am to 2pm, for members of the public to come along and meet representatives from a range of veteran support services, including:
On the day you will also have a chance to find out how you can get involved and let us know if you or any members of your family are veterans so we can help support you better.
The event will be held in the conference room at St Mary's Hospital.
Medical Director, Mr Steve Parker, said:
“There are over 14,000 veterans across our Island community and as the main healthcare provider we know that becoming a Veteran Aware accredited organisation is important so we can drive improvements in the care we provide for veterans and their families.
“The event is a chance for veterans and their families to come along, meet our staff and find out how this will improve the care they receive.”
As a Veteran Aware accredited NHS Trust, relevant staff will be trained to be aware of veteran’s needs and ensure that members of the armed forces community do not face disadvantage compared to other citizens when accessing NHS services.
There will also be relationships established with other services in the area that we can refer patients to for further support.