Charitable hospital King Edward VII’s Military Grants Fund is open to applications, offering grants to cover up to 100% of fees for medical treatment for veterans.
Grants from the Fund are means tested and dependent on charitable donations, forming part of King Edward VII’s Hospital’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces since 1899.
Grants and subsidies are available for complex medical treatment to service or ex-service personnel and their spouses, working closely with military charities to reach those in need.
Beyond financial aid, the hospital’s Centre For Veterans’ Health supports veterans with the management of chronic pain through its award-winning Pain Management Programme – the first hospital-based service in the UK catering exclusively to veterans, which is available to eligible individuals following assessment.
A 10 day virtual course, the Pain Management Programme is specifically designed to help those who have been suffering with chronic pain to access assessment, diagnosis, and treatment as quickly as possible, and is free of charge to veterans from all services. The team works closely with other veteran services and GPs to ensure continuity of care.
The programme benefits from the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of consultants in pain medicine, psychology and psychiatry, with the complementary expertise of specialist pain nurses and pain physiotherapists. To date more than 450 veterans have received life-changing help from the service. The service has delivered 33 programmes, with 100% of veterans who have attended the programme stating they would recommend it to other veterans.
All veterans can make use of a 20% discount for medical treatment for themselves, spouses and ex-spouses, widows and widowers.
King Edward VII’s Hospital is encouraging current or former service personnel to take advantage of the provisions in place from the hospital, to prioritise their own health and wellbeing, and to feel empowered to return to life as they knew it pre-trauma.
Morgan Dally served in the RAF until 2014 when he was medically discharged with multiple back injuries: “Having been dependent on pain medication for nearly a decade, and seeing its impact on my life, career and family relationships, I was referred to the Pain Management Programme in 2020. With the support and understanding of the pain team I managed to wean myself off all medication in 6 months, and I started to feel like myself again for the first time in years. This would not have been possible without the help of the amazing team at King Edward’s VII’s hospital.”
Lindsey Condron. Chief Executive at King Edward VII’s Hospital commented; “King Edward VII’s Hospital has long been committed to helping veterans access medical care, and the Military Grants Fund aims to assist our service personnel in receiving the care and treatment they need and deserve. After a period of service, no individual should suffer in silence, and I’d encourage any eligible applicants to take advantage of the support on offer, so that they can return to living and enjoying their life as quickly as possible.”
More information about King Edward VII’s Military Grants Fund as well as details of how to apply can be found on the website.