Members of the Armed Forces have received help from King Edward VII’s Hospital since 1899. Now the veteran community and their partners can experience the highest quality of care at our Centre for Veterans’ Health.
The development of the Centre for Veterans’ Health has been a focal point of the hospital’s charitable work over the last 3 years, and will continue to be a key area going forward. The hospital has been able to give grants and subsidies for complex medical treatment to Service or ex-Service personnel, their widows, widowers, spouses or ex-spouses, by building stronger relationships with a number of Service charities.
Our multidisciplinary Pain team are now delivering their twenty-first Pain Management Programme, each of which treats up to 10 Veterans. We aim to run at least six Pain Management Programmes every year, as they fulfill a significant need that is not otherwise met. The programmes are changing the lives and futures of veterans who previously had given up hope. We are so grateful to a number of donors – including ABF The Soldiers Charity, and The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch – who have very generously agreed to fund two Programmes a year, for three years (starting from 2019).
We have also created a research department that carries out desk research and literature reviews. This team reports in to Cobseo, the military charities’ co-ordinating body, helping to inform policy and clarify worldwide statistics on specific areas of veterans’ health.