Cash given to research veteran’s NHS needs

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VETERANS are being asked to take part in a health survey so they can have access to better services.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has given a grant of £29,235 to Company of Makers (Com) to survey 1,750 service veterans in the PO1 to PO6 postcode and find out their health needs and experience.

The anonymous survey will provide information to help the CCG improve access for veterans and their families.

Com is a Portsmouth project for veterans, which aims to encourage greater levels of understanding between the military and civilian communities.

Dr Elizabeth Fellows, the CCG’s veterans’ champion, said: ‘We have about 2,000 people who are identified as veterans.

‘But we know there must be a lot more who are either registered but we don’t know they are veterans, or they are just not registered at all.

‘As a result, we are missing an opportunity to signpost them to services.’

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