More support for Somerset veterans

A charity has spread its support to people in North Somerset.

A charity has spread its support to people in North Somerset. - Credit: na

A new welfare service will provide support to veterans living in Avon and Somerset.

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has just expanded its service to cover Avon and Somerset, which means it will now work closely with Weston General Hospital.

The charity looks after veterans who are receiving medical care and provides support for their families and caregivers.

The charity hopes to reduce the stress caused by hospital admissions and prevent veterans feeling isolated and anxious during their recovery.

There are an estimated 10,500 people living in Avon and Somerset who are in receipt of an armed forces pension, so the service has chosen to expand its services to cover the area.

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DMWS’ welfare officer Julie Ponton said the charity will support the hospital’s ‘dedicated and professional staff’.

She added: “DMWS’ expertise lies in its early intervention and assessment of patient needs outside of the clinical treatment pathway, allowing healthcare providers to focus on their core work.”

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