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Veterans Services (Hartside, St Nicholas Hospital)


St Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Tyne and Wear


Tel: 0191 441 5974 or if you need urgent mental health advice please ring 0303 123 1145

Opening Hours

9.00 am - 5.00 pmEmail:

Sometimes the experiences people have during their military service or after their transition to civilian life can trigger problems with their mental health and well-being.  These can include anxiety, depression, a problem with controlling anger, alcohol and drug misuse, sleep problems, problems with adjustment and post traumatic stress disorder.  Such issues may present many years after leaving the Armed Forces.  Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is here to help military veterans including reservists understand those issues and help people to address them.

We have appointed a post within the Trust to lead on Veterans' mental health practice development and to enhance staff capability within this arena.  An understanding of  military culture and the mental health issues some military veterans may face will enable staff throughout the Trust to help those who have served in the HM Armed Forces address any mental health difficulties they may have.

The Trust runs 12 week wellbeing programmes in locations across the Trust.  The Veterans’ Wellbeing Groups aim to help protect and improve mental health as well as aid transition to civilian life.  They provides an introduction to various mental health topics, such as depression and anxiety, as well as how to manage them and maintain wellbeing.

For professional advice please contact Anna Burke, Veterans Nurse Consultant, Military Veterans Mental Health on 0191 245 6725 or email

Click here to download an information leaflet about the group.

A range of self help guides and useful information is also available in the Patient Information section of the Trust's website at

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has developed a new regional veterans service, funded by NHS England.

The Veterans Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS) provides outreach and assessment workers and utilises existing community, primary and secondary care mental health services across the North East. The aim of the service is to provide a prompt, effective assessment, liaison and signposting service for military veterans and their families across the region.  We work in partnership with Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion.

This new service has been developed in the wake of the Government backed 2010 Murrison's Fighting Fit report. The development was agreed with the North East NHS Armed Forces Forum steering group who commissioned an options appraisal to suggest how the Murrison report's recommendations could be implemented in the North East.

The service is for veterans of any age who have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces at any time for families and carers of veterans.  The service can be accessed directly or you can be referred from your GP or another health care or third sector service.

Anyone wishing to access VWALS should call 0191 441 5974 or email

Links to useful websites

Combat Stress -

Royal British Legion -


Veterans UK -


How to get referred

Any referral accepted. Please telephone 0191 441 5974 or email