Veterans' Orthopaedic Service


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We provide an NHS service exclusively for veterans with arthritis.

The service is open to those who have served with the UK military, including National Service, and treats arthritic lower limb problems, especially those requiring hip and knee replacements.

The service is led by Lieutenant Colonel  Carl Meyer, a Consultant Military Orthopaedic Surgeon who has been a Consultant at RJAH for over three years. A graduate of Birmingham University Medical School, Lt Col Meyer of the Royal Army Medical Corps completed his orthopaedic training on the Oswestry/Stoke rotation, before his consultant military appointment in 2011. Lt Col Meyer has served as a Medical Officer in both the Gulf War and more recently in Afghanistan, where he was involved in treating local civilians, as well as injured troops.  He has special clinical interests in hip and knee replacement and in trauma and being a military consultant has helped him understand the experiences and expectation of veteran patients.

Who can attend the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service?

Veterans who are serving or have served with the UK Military, including National Service, who require treatment for arthritic lower limb problems, especially those requiring hip and knee replacements.

When is the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service clinic held?

Twice a month on a Tuesday morning, usually between 9.00 – 12pm.

Who will I see?

You can read more about our Veterans' Service doctors here.

How can I be referred to the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service?

Via your GP (except in Northern Ireland, where different rules apply), who would have to follow the guidelines in place within your local area. In some areas, patients may be required to go through a triage service in order to assess their clinical need before being referred on to our team.

For more detail on how to access our services from all parts of the UK or elsewhere in the world, please click here to download a leaflet outlining specific area rules.

Please remember all transport cost are your responsibility. If you are eligible for hospital transport you should arrange this with your local service prior to admission.

The British Legion may support travel costs  if you are a Veteran and you can arrange this with your local branch prior to your appointment. Remember to make arrangement for your return journey home as well as your admission.

Who should I contact for more information?

Lt Col Carl Meyer’s Medical Secretary, Rebecca Jones, by Telephone: 01691 404344 or Fax: 01691 404067

Patient story:

Retired engineer, people manager and company director, David Bates, from Church Stretton, Shropshire, was referred to RJAH by his GP for a hip replacement. Former patient Mr Bates, who undertook his national service in 1952, before his degree at Cambridge, observes, “The good Colonel Meyer is just the man to make this service work. He combines competence, humour and compassion to engender instinctive respect and confidence. I genuinely believe veterans will find it naturally reassuring to be treated by a regular serving officer, who has undertaken three tours to Afghanistan and who wears the British army uniform when seeing all his patients. The veterans’ service demonstrates that Gobowen is still playing its part for the military – it will surely make them feel deservedly valued and much more at home when being treated by the specialist orthopaedic team.”

Support Us with the Veterans Orthopaedic Centre Appeal

This is an Appeal to help fund a new £1.5 million Veterans Orthopaedic Centre to treat veteran patients in a bespoke care environment.

Visit the Veterans Orthopaedic Centre Appeal page to learn more and ways to donate.

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