Supporting veterans & former members of the armed forces

VeteransAs an NHS Trust, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to supporting any former members of the armed forces so they can gain access to the healthcare services they need.

As a Trust we have officially registered our commitment by signing armed forces community covenants in St Helens and Warrington.

Bridgewater also gives priority access to healthcare for veterans as long as it is for a condition or illness relating to their time in service e.g. physiotherapy for a leg injury or counselling for post-traumatic stress disorder.

To access priority treatment simply tell a Bridgewater member of staff about your background in the armed forces and how it relates to your condition.

Accessing healthcare after you have left the armed forces

When you leave the armed forces the responsibility of your healthcare is given to the NHS. It is essential that you register with a GP and tell them you are a former member of the armed forces as you may be entitled to priority treatment for any conditions relating to your time in service.

You can find a GP and information on the local hospitals in your area by visiting


Services provided by Bridgewater

As a leading provider of community healthcare services in the North West of England, Bridgewater provides approximately 127 different services across the boroughs of Halton, St Helens, Wigan and Warrington as well as community dental and specialist services in these areas plus Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Glossop, Stockport and Western Cheshire.

Some of the services on offer which may support you include:

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan

Halton and St Helens


You can find out more about the services and how to access them at

Got a specific query relating to local healthcare services?

If you need more advice and information on accessing NHS healthcare services local to you please email or call our Patient Services line on 0800 587 0562.

Other useful organisations in the North West

There are also a number of local charities, organisations and websites which can provide you with help and support. These include:

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