Veterans Medical Assistance

Trouble with knees and thighs?

As a veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic clinic at The Robert Jones & Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG. There is a specific Veterans Clinic run by Lt Col Carl Meyer, an Army Reserve consultant surgeon who also works with 202 Field Ambulance and Reserve Hospital.

What is it? A service for military veterans to have their hip or knee arthritis assessed and, if appropriate, have joint replacement surgery and is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, Military Consultant Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon at Oswestry’s specialist orthopaedic hospital. Lt Col Meyer is an Army Reserve officer who has been on three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with 16 Medical Regiment, 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital.

� Who is it for? Anyone who has been in regular military service, including national service.
� Where is it? The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG ,and is a centre of orthopaedic excellence specialising in lower limb replacement surgery.
� When is it? Outpatient clinics are held fortnightly at RJAH. (Normally on a Wednesday)
� How do I obtain an NHS referral ? Through your GP – Ask to be referred to the VETERANS’ HIP & KNEE SURGERY SERVICE at Oswestry – And ask your GP to make a named referral to Lt Col Meyer.

Contact information Email: rebecca.ann.jones@rjah.nhs.uk Fax: 01691 404067 Tel: 01691 404344 Your records at your GP needs to be annotated with the NHS issued codes for military/veterans, take photocopies of your red discharge book, because he will ask for proof that you’re a veteran.

Lt Col Meyer wants to “do” more operations for veterans, but he has two problems, 1; finding the patients, he knows that they are out here, it’s letting him know he’s there for you, and 2; getting the money from the NHS, but, the more ops he does the more money they will give him, therefore the more ops he can do.

http://www.rjah.nhs.uk/…/Orthopaedic-S…/Veterans-Clinic.aspx

 

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