There is lots of information on the healthcare section of our website, including help with finding doctors and dentists in your area.

Even if your family doesn’t have any ongoing health issues you need to think about this area in the run up to and during transition.

The Service Leaver (and spouse/partner/family if under the care of the Med Centre) will need to inform their Med Centre that they are leaving the Service. They will advise on the forms to fill in and procedures to be undertaken. The Service Leaver will need to have a final health check and dental check up before their final date of service.

If you are on a waiting list for treatment and are moving investigate carefully the implications for your position in the waiting list and in good time, so you can seek help or make arrangements that prove necessary like the family in our case study. If you are struggling, the Families Federation may be able to advise.

After leaving, health care will be provided by the NHS, or private medical services.

If using the NHS, anyone in the family who is not already must register with a local GP and dentist. Do inform them that you have recently left the Armed Forces as any health issues you might experience as a result of time in service will need to be flagged as such to fall under various veteran health initiatives which may well help you receive the care you need quickly and efficiently. There is more information on the NHS website.