Armed Forces Community Health

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The Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) can help assess your needs and, if appropriate, liaise with local organisations to ensure you receive support with issues such as health, welfare, housing, and employment.

What can they do for you?

The Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) can help assess your needs and, if appropriate, liaise with local organisations to ensure you receive support with issues such as health, welfare, housing, and employment.

How do they do it?

The service is for members of the armed forces community (AFC) living in Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).

They can help people in the armed forces community access health and social care services across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).

The Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) can help assess your needs and, if appropriate, liaise with local organisations to ensure you receive support with issues such as health, welfare, housing, and employment.

The armed forces community includes:

  • active army, navy and air force personnel
  • veterans
  • reservists
  • family members
  • bereaved family members.

What benefits could you experience?

They will offer an initial meeting with you and/or your loved one to establish the kind of help you require. If you have specific health needs (including mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder or addiction), they can also arrange a meeting with a specialist clinician and put you in touch with local support groups. They have been formally named a Veteran Aware Trust. The accreditation from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VC HA), acknowledges our commitment to improving NHS care for veterans, reservists, active members of the armed forces and their families.

Where do they operate?

Across PCN area

How to contact them or get there

Hahnemann House, BH25JW

Telephone 01202 584428

Email dhc.dorset.veterans@nhs.net https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/armed-forces-health-and-well-being

Support Information for carers

Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free well-being, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities. People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (bridgit.care)

People who prefer not to or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available.

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Carer Support Dorset can help you find the support you need for your caring role.

Freephone number for Carers: 0800 368 8349

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