Important Information for Veterans Accessing Treatment

As a veteran, when you go to see your GP you can ask them to check and if needed update your personal records to ensure you are recorded as a veteran in the NHS system. All veterans should have their GP put Code: 13Ji
on their notes. This activates the covenant for priority treatment for all ex services, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority.
This code lets GP’s into a site which shows a code for each service, ie; army, navy, air force.
http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Militaryhealthcare/veterans-families-reservists/Pages/veterans.aspx
is the link to the NHS website. It doesn’t directly mention the code, but it refers to the covenant and indicates how you get your record updated.
This is from NHS Inform (Scotland)

Under long-standing arrangements since 1953, war pensioners are given priority NHS treatment for the conditions for which they receive a war pension or gratuity, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority. These priority treatment provisions were then extended to all veterans who have a condition that is likely to be related to their service.

As a result, veterans should receive priority treatment for health problems as a result of service to their country, unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands clinical priority.

Veterans should not be given priority treatment for conditions unrelated to service in the armed forces.

It is recognised that, with much faster access to NHS treatment for all patients, the priority treatment provisions are less significant than they were in the past. However, as set out in the  Scottish Government – Renewing Our Commitment

where a person has a health problem as a result of service to their country, it is right that they should get priority access to NHS treatment, based on clinical need.
Priority is given if the condition is due to or related to their time in service – unless another patient is in more clinical need.
If you are a veteran and have been unaware of this, we recommend you speak to your GP and ensure your records are up to date in order for you to access the level of care you need when you need it.
We hope this is useful for you.
The Icarus Team

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