Name: Health and wellbeing - Armed Forces
Description: Health and wellbeing - Armed Forces

Health and wellbeing - Armed Forces

While serving in the Armed Forces the Ministry of Defence takes responsibility for your general medical healthcare. If you've left the Armed Forces you will need to register with a GP on the NHS. Here you can find out where you can access healthcare services as well as local support for achieving a healthy lifestyle.


The NHS provides healthcare information for the Armed Forces Community, including service personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Finding healthcare services

Health Help Now is an online tool where you can find local healthcare services in Dartford including GPs, dentists, pharmacists, opticians, walk-in-centres, minor injury units, A and E and much more.

Urgent medical help

If you need urgent medical help but its not a 999 emergency, call the NHS on 111, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Mental wellbeing

Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity providing free treatment and support 24 hours a day - 0800 138 1619.

Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds provides confidential support delivered by psychological wellbeing practitioners, often over the phone or on Skype, so that you can easily access support from all around the country.

Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem - 0300 123 3393.

Kent County Council has useful information on where to go if you need help and support, including services such as Live Well Kent and Release the Pressure.

Healthy lifestyle

For more information on having a healthy lifestyle visit our page on health and wellbeing. There are also many opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities in the parks and open spaces in Dartford as well as local sports facilities and programmes.

Healthy Living Centre Dartford provides access to activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. They deliver projects on healthy weight, mental health, sexual health, stop smoking and substance misuse - 01322 311265.

Further help

RBLI supports the Armed Forces Community and those affected by disability, health conditions or social welfare needs. Help includes the provision of welfare, healthcare, housing, employment and development opportunities - 01622 795900.

Veterans UK runs a helpline that provides assistance on many issues including benefits, housing and welfare - 0808 1914 218.

Veterans Aid helps veterans who are in crisis with accommodation, addictions, mental health problems, access to training and education and Foreign and Commonwealth issues - 0800 012 6867.

Blind Veterans UK helps vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans to relearn vital life skills and provides them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes. They offer new learning, training and recreation opportunities and provide long-term nursing, residential and respite care - 0800 389 7979.

SSAFA provides practical and emotional support to serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families in a wide range of areas - 0800 731 4880.

Last Updated: 18th February 2020