While recognizing the important role played by the Health and Social Services, a specific medical response for timely physiotherapy and psychological therapies is available to eligible veterans to counter physical and mental conditions caused by or made worse by military service.
Engagement is by specialist, trusted medical service providers with experience in the treatment of ex-service personnel and, in certain circumstances, their families. When treatment is requested, the potential client’s eligibility to use the service is confirmed and the Aftercare Service’s Medical Service provider will then invite the client for a clinical assessment to determine their suitability for treatment.
Once the client and therapist have together agreed that benefit could be gained from the range of medical services on offer, treatment will commence. All initial assessments for Psychological therapy take place in Belfast with subsequent treatment offered closer to the client’s home.
Clients seeking Physiotherapy will be initially assessed at Holywood, however those living outside the Greater Belfast area may be offered subsequent treatment closer to their home.
Medical Services Eligibility
Those eligible for direct support comprise former Full Time and Part Time UDR and R IRISH (HS) soldiers and their families where appropriate treatment is not available through normal statutory services (NHS) within a reasonable time scale.
Available to former members where their condition is a direct result of or exacerbated by their service. Eligibility in certain circumstances may extend to members of their immediate family.
Available to former members with a service related injury as a direct result of or exacerbated by their service. In certain circumstances eligibility may be extended to carers of eligible members injured in their role as carer.
Note this service is not a replacement for the NHS and proof of non-availability from statutory services may be required particularly for physiotherapy.
North (Coleraine Area)
South (Portadown Area)
East (Holywood Area)
West (Enniskillen Area)