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Help for Hips and Knees

Old 25th May 2017, 15:37
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Help for Hips and Knees

Hope some of you find this useful,

As a veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic clinic at The Robert Jones & Edith 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. I applied for a referral on 16 March, this year, and on 3rd May, a week ago, had a hip replacement, a total of just over 6 weeks. Lt Col Meyers specialises in hips and knees. 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 foods really good. 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’s 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.
Military medical codes
13J1. Military veteran
13JY. History relating to Military Service
13qo. History relating to Army Service
13q1. History relating to RN Service
13q2. History relating to RAF Service
13q3. Served in the Armed Forces
Lt Col Meyer wants to "do" more operations for veterans, but he has two problems, 1; finding the patients, he knows that we are out here, it's letting us know he's there for us, and 2; getting the money from the NHS, but, the more ops he does the more money they will give him, therefore the more ops he can do. So, come on, I've had 3 enquiries so far, there must be more than us 3. If you are members of other military Facebook sites pleas, please, please copy and paste to these pages and let as many veterans know about this brilliant service that's just for us. It's about time us vets got something back for our years of loyal service.

Passed on to me from one of my Ex colleagues.
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Old 25th May 2017, 15:57
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Mercifully not needed personally (yet) but thanks for that very useful post. What a VERY good chap he is!

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Old 25th May 2017, 17:21
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I've just spent 3678 for an Arthroscopy of my knee, perhaps he might have done it cheaper!
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Old 25th May 2017, 18:20
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Is he any good on feet? I have to see a (French) podiatrist next week - suspected dropped arches


Secondly, anyone do anything similar on chests and lungs. I have OCPD which results in shortness of breath. French consultant pretty firm on high altitude unpressurised (JP) or 40k ft pressurised to 24K or whatever it was in the Canberra being significant factors


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Old 25th May 2017, 18:25
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Does he cover dependants/spouses as well?
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Great info

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Old 25th May 2017, 22:35
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Does he cover dependants/spouses as well?
Try the contact details above.
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Same chest problems, and JP yes, and Canberra yes (Meteor 7 too). Does your Frenchman have an opinion on the effect of long-term breathing of 100% oxygen when it wasn't really required, which was forced on us because the regulator didn't work?
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Binbrook - not said but I will ask next time I see him
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Old 26th May 2017, 17:37
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"take photocopies of your red discharge book, because he will ask for proof that you're a veteran."
I never got one of those- am I missing something?
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Old 26th May 2017, 19:28
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To add, have a look at Benenden. Cost is very moderate and benefits are quite good. I am on the old under 65 scheme and purchase top tier benefits. Apart from the specific payments for optical, dentistry and chiropractor I also get 40 per day for procedure in hospital or day care.
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Old 27th May 2017, 14:11
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Similar with Hospital Saturday Fund (Special scheme for RAFA), but they do not have their own hospital
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Old 28th May 2017, 07:29
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Originally Posted by Haraka View Post
"take photocopies of your red discharge book, because he will ask for proof that you're a veteran."
I never got one of those- am I missing something?
Nor did I. Was this something that non commissioned ranks only were given, I wonder?
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I had my Other Ranks discharge certification from the army in a red plastic book when I transferred over to the junior service. No equivalent on leaving the RAF though.
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Great info

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Well done Mods Well done !!
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Nor did I. Was this something that non commissioned ranks only were given, I wonder?
Nope!

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Old 1st Jun 2017, 18:16
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A fantastic service but I'm sure Carl won't mind me adding that he is a Regular not Reserves Surgeon and this is an NHS service that you don't pay for.
Patients can now ask to go anywhere under choose and book and consultant surgeons make money for their trust by seeing patients and operating. This is a good way to offer something back to the Veteran community but he is by no means alone.
A recent nationwide network of NHS hospitals that have military consultants embedded in them has been set up. Your GP's can refer you to them. I will dig out the link from BBC news about this. Also worth noting that Prof Briggs from Stanmore is leading on another veterans network to give similar access.
All your GP's need to do is refer you in.
The majority of Military Consultants embedded in the NHS are signed up, i know i am!
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Old 1st Jun 2017, 18:26
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The link below is a starter.
The system is changing and there are lots of clinicians that want to work hard to improve the care given to veterans.

https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/vet...-for-referrals

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Old 1st Jun 2017, 18:34
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The trauma centres helping veteran amputees - BBC News

This is not solely about those who lost limbs, its about all Veterans.
The Stanmore initiative will push this out to more hospitals and will also include more elective work.
Carl is excellent, but not alone. Your GP's should be able to source Veterans access for you.
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Old 3rd Jun 2017, 10:18
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Thank You Kaitakbowler!!

[QUOTE=kaitakbowler;9782212]Hope some of you find this useful,


I have just picked up on this and will follow it through with my GP!

I b**gered my hip crosscountry running when a Boy Entrant, never good and getting very much worse over the last year, I am currently with the Musculoskeletal team at Addenbrookes and whilst they are doing the very best they can given funding issues, the timescales between appointments are on the geological time scale.

Thank you for sharing

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