This section provides information about health and wellbeing support for the armed forces community. There are several dedicated programmes in Oldham to support armed forces personnel and veterans access health services.

NHS Healthcare for the armed forces community

Healthcare information and support for the UK's armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans can be found on the NHS England website.

Military Veterans Service

This service provides mental health support to ex-service personnel for conditions including depression, alcohol and substance misuse, anger problems and post-traumatic stress disorder. 
 
All professionals in the team understand armed forces culture, with some of the staff being veterans themselves and others having family members in the forces.
 
There is no need for a referral from your GP or health and social care professional, self-referrals can be made through the following channels:
 
Telephone: 0300 323 0707 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Online: online referral form
 
More information about the service can be found on the Pennine Care website.

Defence Medical Welfare Service

The Defence Medical Welfare Service provides a 24/7 hospital/hospice based welfare support service for serving military, reservists, veterans and their families.
 
Information about how the Defence Medical Welfare Service can support veterans can be found on their website.
 
For a discussion of how the service can help you, please contact them on:
Telephone: 01264 774000

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity, supporting almost 6,000 Veterans.
 
For information about how Combat Stress can help you, please contact them on:
Telephone: 0800 138 1619 (24 hour)
Text: 07537 404 719
 
More information on the services provided by Combat Stress can be found on the veteran's mental health charity's website.