Centre for Veterans’ Health

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.

Veterans' Pain Management Programme

The Pain Management Programme is a ten day residential programme run by the Centre for Veterans’ Health, with five follow up day sessions over the course of six months. The Programme is specifically designed to help Veterans who have been suffering with chronic pain to get the correct assessment, diagnosis, and treatment as quickly as possible. Funded by generous donations including a LIBOR grant and the support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, it is offered free of charge to Veterans from all Services and aims to help you feel empowered to return to life as you knew it, pre- trauma.

The Programme benefits from the expertise of an inter-disciplinary team of consultants in pain medicine, psychology and psychiatry, with the complimentary expertise of a specialist pain nurse and pain physiotherapist. The team are leaders in their field with extensive experience helping people with persistent pain to improve their lives.

If the Programme is right for you, it could result in a range of improvements which may include:

  • Improvement to physical function and ability
  • Improvement to individual understanding of persistent pain conditions and beliefs, thoughts and behaviours that may be increasing and maintaining distress and difficulties
  • Reduced pain related distress
  • Medication review, which may reduce debilitating side effects
  • Development of ways to manage flare up of pain
  • Start, return to or increase meaningful activities in day-to-day life
  • Increased confidence to try new activities/hobbies, and to minimise the impact of pain on lifestyle
  • Reducing the ‘bothersomeness’ of pain so one feels more in control and more able to manage feelings such as distress, anger, fear or sadness

How to apply

To take part in the Programme you will first need a referral from your GP. We will send you an application form along with a form to take along with you to your GP appointment for your GP to sign.

Your application will be assessed by our specialist pain team who will make sure the course is right for you. If the clinicians agree that the course will benefit you, you will receive an invitation to attend the next Programme.

Request Application Form




Veterans' Pain Clinic

The Veterans’ Pain Clinic offers veterans a 45-minute appointment with Dr Dominic Aldington, a renowned specialist in Pain Medicine who was formerly head of the Pain Service at Headley Court.

As a veteran himself, Dr Aldington provides a unique insight into pain and the veteran and offers medication review, advice and guidance and will also liaise directly with the veterans’ GPs.

Make an enquiry

To access the Veterans’ Pain Clinic, you can be referred by your GP, your consultant,  a veterans charity, regimental association, or you can self-refer.

You can do this by phone by calling 0207 467 4370.

Alternatively, you can send us an email by clicking the link below:

Make an enquiry

Apply for a military grant or subsidy

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.

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