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NHS Healthcare for the Armed Forces community

If you are in the HM Armed Forces or are a veteran, a reservist or a family member of someone who is serving or who has served, the NHS have a comprehensive step by step guide to accessing their services.

Finding a dentist

Use the NHS dentist search site to find NHS and private dentists in Herefordshire.

Finding a GP

There are 20 GP practices in Herefordshire. These practices have joined together into Primary Care Networks which consist of groups of general practices working together with a range of local providers. Find a practice near you.

Veteran-friendly practice accreditation

Through Royal College of General Practice GP surgeries can apply for veteran-friendly accreditation. Practices which have gained accreditation appoint a clinical lead who undertakes training and other activities related to veteran healthcare. The majority of GP practices in Herefordshire are part of this scheme including:

  • Westfield Surgery
  • Fownhope Medical Centre
  • Nunwell Surgery
  • Mortimer Medical Practice
  • Ledbury Health Partnership
  • Pendeen Surgery
  • Kington Medical Practice
  • Wargrave House Surgery
  • Belmont Medical Centre
  • Hereford Medical group
  • Moorfield House Surgery
  • Cradley Surgery
  • Colwall Surgery
  • Cantilupe Surgery
  • Kingstone Surgery
  • Weobley & Staunton on Wye Surgeries

Wye Valley Trust (County Hospital)

The Wye Valley Trust supports the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant ensuring no member of the Armed Forces is disadvantaged, and by giving special consideration where appropriate.

The Trust is a member of the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance who are working to improve healthcare in NHS care for people who serve or have served in the UK armed forces and their families.

Defence Medical Welfare Service

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), provides independent and confidential medical welfare services (psychosocial support) to the Armed Forces community receiving treatment within the Wye Valley NHS Trust. They understand that any hospital treatment or healthcare intervention whether planned or unplanned can be stressful and can bring with it feelings of isolation, stress and worry, all of which influence recovery. They support the Armed Forces Community hospital patient with solutions that can optimise recovery and assist with timely discharge from hospital once medically stable. This support can be anything from a chat or social visit while in hospital from the DMWS Welfare Officer, through to making sure that the right connections are made to other services, including other charities for when the patient is discharged.


Steve Kerrigan, Welfare Officer Tel: 07502 909238 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9am-5pm) or email:

 Alternatively contact the DMWS National Response Service on 0800 999 3697 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).