Contact the Team:

Armed Forces Veteran Advocate:

Shafiq Sadiq – Bleep 750 /

Armed Forces Veteran Lead:

Fiona Lamb - Bleep 087 /

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East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust are proud to say our hospitals are Veteran Aware. 

  • We strive to be an exemplar of the best care for veterans and their families. 
  • We encourage all patients to let us know if they have ever served in the UK armed forces so that we can best support their care needs. 
  • We are committed to learning from our patients and their families to improve quality of care.  
  • All relevant staff will be trained and educated in veterans’ needs and will ask patients if they or a close family member serve or have ever served in the UK armed forces, so that the Trust can best support their care needs and refer to other services. 

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust supports the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or, who have served in the UK armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.  These commitments are:  

  • The armed forces community should enjoy the same standard of, and access to, healthcare as that received by any other UK citizen in the area they live in. 
  • Family members should retain their place on any NHS waiting list, if moved around the UK due to the service person being posted. 
  • Veterans should receive priority treatment for a condition that relates to their service, subject to clinical need. 
  • Those injured in service should be cared for in a way that reflects the nation’s moral obligation to them, by healthcare professionals who understand the armed forces culture. 

ELHT’s Veterans Advocate and Champion work together with the following organisations:

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