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Apply for a Military Grant or Subsidy

Our connection with the Armed Forces dates back to our founding in 1899 as a hospital for officers returning from the Second Boer War. We are proud to have upheld this commitment by providing subsidies for all uninsured Service Personnel and their husbands and wives.

We are committed to helping as many veterans as possible by offering grants for medical treatment at the Hospital.

We would like to reassure you that our commitment to help veterans who are unable to receive treatment in a timely fashion remains as strong now as throughout our 120-year history.

Need help with your hospital fees?

If you need treatment with us, we want to help.

Depending on your income, medical needs, and our available funds, you could be eligible for support with your hospital fees.

Find out more about our military grants in the FAQ below.

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Please note:
Decisions are made by the Trustees and grants are only available for medical treatment carried out at King Edward VII’s Hospital. Grants cannot be given for cosmetic and bariatric surgery.

Kerry’s story

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Ghislaine is a remarkable, 101 year old veteran who we recently gave a grant for a total shoulder replacement, free of charge.

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FAQ about King Edward VII's Military Grants

Who can apply?
Who can apply for a Military Grant?

All service personnel and retired service personnel of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Temporary, reserve or territorial Commissions in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or in the British Indian Armed Forces. Spouses, widows and widowers of any of the persons described above.

Evidence Required
What evidence will I need to provide?
  • Proof of service (can be your red book, ID card, any letter from the MOD with your name) and address or proof of any Military Pensions you receive.
  • 3 Consecutive months bank statements showing your income from pensions, salary or any other income you declare in your financial evidence statement.
  • Proof of address -this can be a utility bill (dated within the last 3 months) , driving licence or bank statement
  • Marriage/Death certificate if you are a spouse/widow(er) applying for a Military Grant along with spouse’s proof of service.
  • Further evidence maybe requested to support your application
Do I need a referral?
Do I need a GP Referral?

Yes you will need your GP to compete a referral.  A referral letter will be sent to you to give to your GP once we have received your application.

NHS waiting list
Do I need to be on a NHS waiting list?

Yes you will need to be on a NHS waiting list for diagnostics or surgery.  Your GP will need to confirm this in their referral letter.

Application reply time
How long will I have to wait before I hear if my application has been successful?

The Military Grants committee meet every 3 months so depending on when you submit your application it will be no longer than 3 months before you receive a decision.

Next steps after approval
What happens once my application is approved?

If your application is successful you will be notified via email.  You will be given the name of your Consultant and a contact number to call to make an initial consultation appointment.  You and your Consultant will discuss what happens next.  Your military grant will be valid for 3 months so any treatment agreed must take place within the 3 month period from the date of approval.

100% of costs covered
Will there be any costs to me?

No, if you have been awarded a Military Grant this will cover 100% of all costs.

Treatment at our Hospital
Can I have the treatment at another Hospital?

No, all treatment, consultations, imagining etc. must be done at the King Edward VII’s Hospital.

Unsuccessful Applications
What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

Unfortunately not all applications are successful; this may be for a number of reasons.  You will be notified via email if your application is not successful. You will automatically qualify for a 20% discount on all hospital costs should you wish to self-pay for your treatment at the King Edward VII’s Hospital.

Travel Costs
Do you cover travel costs?

No, you will be responsible for all travel costs to and from the Hospital.

Apply Today

Since 1899 King Edward VII’s Hospital has supported members of the Armed Forces. We continue to uphold this commitment by providing subsidies for all uninsured service Personnel and their husbands and wives.

Depending on your income, medical needs, and our available funds, you could be eligible for support with your hospital fees.

Apply now

Access a previous application

If you have previously started and saved a military grant application and would like to continue, please use the link below.

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