Carers & Veterans

Are You a Carer?

If you are a carer please let us know - we may be able to help you

For further information about Carers please visit Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

PPE guidance for unpaid Carers
Every-One have published guidance outlining Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) advice for unpaid carers who do not live with the person they care for (other unpaid carers may choose to use this guide). It should be used alongside guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family and local policies where they exist such as in care homes or day centres.
More advice and information can be found here:

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999



Accessible toilet facilities information



Long Bennington Medical Centre supports veterans in our community.  Please click on any of the links below for useful information about services available in our area and nationally. 

Veterans in the Community

Veterans in the community is a free service for older veterans, their widows/widowers and partners. 

NHS healthcare for veterans

For mental health advice please click on the link below:

NHS Mental Health Care for Veterans


Armed Forces GP Friendly Practice Logo

Are you a Veteran?

Patient charter: our commitment to you as a veteran of the UK Armed Forces

The NHS is here to help improve your health and wellbeing and keep you mentally and physically well. It is also here to help you get better when you are ill and, when you cannot fully recover, to stay as well as you can until the end of your life.

This means that you can expect the following from our practice:

  • We will ask all patients if they have served in the UK Armed Forces (as a regular or reservist). If you have, we will note this in your medical record, with your permission.
  • We will ask you to share details of your time in service to help us to assess the best support and treatment for you.
  • The information you share will be kept confidential and we will always speak to you before sharing this with other services you may be referred to.
  • You can make an appointment to see our clinical lead for veteran’s health. This person has a comprehensive understanding of the Armed Forces, health conditions linked to service, and the dedicated support you can access.
  • The NHS has a duty to support the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant. This means that you will get priority treatment for any medical condition which has been caused by your service, subject to the clinical needs of other patients.
  • We will let you know what choices are available for your care and treatment and help you to make informed decisions on what to do.
  • Where appropriate and with your consent, we can refer you to dedicated veterans health services.
  • If you need to be seen by another service, we will let them know you’re a veteran and make sure they have an understanding of your health and wellbeing needs, so you don’t have to keep repeating your ‘personal story’.
  • We can give advice and support to your loved ones who may be affected by your health conditions.
  • We will investigate any issues and complaints that you may have about your care. If you have any concerns about the services we offer, please speak to one of the practice team.

To find out more, please speak to our Reception Team.

If you would like to provide feedback on how we are performing as a veteran friendly GP practice, please let a member of our staff know or you can send your comments to the Royal College of General Practitioners at

For information on health services for the Armed Forces community, please visit the NHS website at


Top Tips for Veterans.pdf

Veterans Recovery College

Have you ever served in The Armed Forces? Are you feeling stuck or unsure how to move forward now you’re a civilian?
Do you want to learn skills alongside other veterans to help you navigate the challenges of civilian life, become clearer about your own direction, and build a brighter future?
#LincsRecoveryCollege have launched a new course to help veterans to move forwards and build a brighter future. The course has been designed by experts and peers trained by Help for Heroes.
To read more about the course and book your place for all 6 sessions starting on Tuesday 11 June at 10.30am, please visit