As a veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic clinic at The Robert Jones & Agnes 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.
Lt Col Meyers specialises in hips and knees.
One of our local veterans says “If you don’t mind a few days away from family, I can assure you it’s more like an hotel than a hospital, and the food is really good. The nursing staff are outstanding too. Having a long wait ahead of you at your local GP and hospital, this might be the way to go to achieve a much quicker result.”
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 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: [email protected] 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.