Trouble with knees and things……… Did you know……..

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 July 2017, and on 24th August I had my consultation with him, 18th of Oct I had a total knee replacement. I had my post op last Monday and have been placed on the list for April to have my other knee done.

I live in Wales and waited over 12 months with no communication from Glan Clwyd!! I was made aware of this 1st Class Service

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 a hotel than a hospital, and the food’s 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

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.

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 please, please, please copy and paste 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.

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