Salisbury Hospital becomes 'Veteran Aware'

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Entrance B (Mike Draper)

Published by Ellie Harries at 6:00am 10th November 2018.

Salisbury is one of only 24 hospitals in the country to have the special accreditation.

Our local hospital has been given the 'Veteran Aware' title thanks to its significant link to the military, as the UK marks the 100 anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Thousands of soldiers and their families are starting to move onto Salisbury plain as part of the rebasing programme by the British Army.

Hundreds of new homes have been, and are continuing to be, built in Larkhill, Bulford, Tidworth, Ludgershall and more villages.

Army Housing rebasing ABP - site for new homes being built at Bulford Nov 2017 (Lovell)
This site in Bulford is having houses built on it for the influx of soldiers

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is one of the 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 by:

  • Providing 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;
  • Ensuring that the armed forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients, in line with the NHS's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

Cara Charles-Barks, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust's Chief Executive said:

'"Iam delighted that Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has been formally recognised as an exemplar of the best standards of care for the Armed Forces community.

"Our local community and the hospital has strong track record with the Services, particularly with the Army. Given the sacrifices the servicemen and women make, it is vital that Salisbury Hospital continues to provide them with the best possible support."

The hospital will now display posters in their clinics and waiting areas urging anyone who has served in the armed forces to make themselves known to staff.

Lieutenant General Martin Bricknell, Surgeon General, said:

'"The strong partnership between the MoD and the NHS highlights our commitment to the through-life care of our service personnel and veterans.

"The Veteran Aware scheme is a fantastic initiative that will ensure the particular needs of the Armed Forces community are at the heart of their care."

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