We, at Ashfields Primary Care Centre are proud to be an accredited Veteran Friendly GP practice.
As a Veteran Friendly GP Practice we:
If you’re a veteran patient, please let us know that you have served so that we can make sure that we understand your health needs.
Royal British Legion can offer people that are serving, have served and their families, including ex-partners, children under the age of 18 or over 18 if cared for. The RBL have a Grants Portal which has more information about the support they can offer but it includes £200 per month for fuel, up to a total of £2,400 (2 years). They can also provide white goods and brown goods and up to £500 crisis grant. For more information, please click on the link (https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/financial-and-employment-support/finance/grants/cost-of-living-grants).
Did you know:
As a veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic clinic at The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG. There is a specific Veterans Clinic run by Lt Col Carl Meyer, an Army Reserve consultant surgeon who also works with 202 Field Ambulance and Reserve Hospital.
Lt Col Meyers specialises in hips and knees, the nursing staff are outstanding too.
If you feel that you are waiting too long, this might be the way to go to achieve a much quicker result.
What is it?
A service for military veterans to have their hip or knee arthritis assessed and, if appropriate, have joint replacement surgery and is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, Military Consultant Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon at Oswestry specialist orthopaedic hospital.
Lt Col Meyer is an Army Reserve officer who has been on three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with 16 Medical Regiment, 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital.
Who is it for?
Anyone who has been in regular military service, including national service.
Where is it?
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), Oswestry, Shropshire .
How do I obtain an NHS referral?
Through your GP – Ask to be referred to the VETERANS’ HIP & KNEE SURGERY SERVICE at Oswestry – And ask your GP to make a named referral to Lt Col Meyer:
–Veterans Aware Links Veterans Breakfast
If we can assist further please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the surgery.
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As you may be aware the NHS England (who commission our practices services) have set out a requirement that practices work together to ensure that patients are able to access services outside our normal hours of work (8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).
This way of working is not new to us, we have been providing so called Extended Access services for the last five years, including the ability for our patients to access services locally on Saturdays.
The times we provide extended access services from this practice have been determined by analysing the preferences of our patients over the last five years, we have been keen to offer services to enable patients who work a distance away from the practice to access services.
We are proposing to add further services to our existing provision, from October 2022 our patients will have the opportunity to book appointments here (at the practice) on:
In addition to the services provided from this practice we are working with our neighbouring practices to offer appointments across the week. As always, the availability of appointments will be dependent on our capacity, however, please ask the practice receptionist if you would ideally like an appointment outside the normal core hours. It is important to stress that the number of appointments offered outside the normal hours will only be a small proportion of our total appointments, as it is important that we do not undermine our normal level of service particularly given the current high levels of demand and our workforce challenges.
As we have stated we are sure that the time this practice provides services (outside of core hours) reflects the preferences of our patients, but we would be pleased to hear your views so that we can continue to evaluate the best times to offer services.
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