North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen as one of 30 beacon sites across the country to be part of an alliance to improve care for members of the armed forces.
The Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance has been formed to reduce disadvantages to members of the armed forces past and present, by giving appropriate priority for any service related condition.
This access is subject to clinical need and veterans are not given priority of referral or treatment ahead of individuals who are in greater clinical need.
The trust’s deputy medical director Chris Tulloch (pictured, right, with trust chief executive Alan Foster who is honorary colonel of the 201 Field Hospital) said: “This is a really important alliance which we are proud to be a part of.
“This alliance will help members of the armed forces needing treatment directly related to injuries received on active service, those who have a medical problem directly related to past service and those who have a medical problem not related to past service.
“It will form part of our efforts to promote the concept, included in the Armed Forces Covenant, that military service should not disadvantage those serving or their families and that the nation should address the debt it owes to those who serve.”