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Any dodgy knees and hips out there?? This was posted by the old BSM of 2nd Royal Anglian today… Interesting reading… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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: 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
Any questions? Please feel free to contact me at any time. 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.


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Thanks to my son who’s  ear I must have bent about the Protector,this was my surprise cake.Must admit to becoming quite emotional as my mind shot back 60 years.Quite ironic that had the old girl survived the scrap yard our dates would almost have matched. She commissioned December 1936 ,my birthday January 1937.Where have those 80 years gone.??



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