East Wing Surgery

First Contact Clinical are working with South Tyneside Council on a scheme which helps connect ex-service veterans with the community and highlight the services available


Veterans Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS).

VWALS is a mental health and wellbeing service available in the North East to support veterans and their families.

The service is for:

  • Veterans of any age who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces at any time.
  • Families and carers of veterans.

Veterans can access the service directly or may be referred from their GP or another health, social care or third sector service.

For further information about this service please click on the following document:

Pathfinder Experience
Are you finding civilian life and the transition challenging, if so ‘The Pathfinder Experience’ may be able to help you.

PathFinder Experience – click on the document below:

Pathfinder poster –

Combat Stress
Combat Stress offers support and advice to any veteran suffering from mental ill-health.

If you are currently serving or have served in the UK Armed Forces you can use the helpline.  If you are a family member or carer worried above a loved one, or you are suffering yourself, you can also use the helpline.

The Combat Stress freephone helpline is available 24hrs per day, 365 days per year.
Telephone: 0800 138 1619
Text: 07537 404 719 (standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider).
Email: combatstress@rethink.org

Please click on the following link for further information:

South Tyneside Council – Armed Forces Support

Please click on the following link which is provided by South Tyneside Council.  Their website will provide you with information on:

  • Help and Support
  • News and Events
  • Armed Forces Forum
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • Our Heroes : Their Stories
  • Picture Gallery



673_NHS Veterans’ Mental Health leaflet S17 Online

Opening Times
Monday8.30am - 6.00pm
Tuesday8.30am - 6.00pm
Wednesday8.30am - 6.00pm
Thursday8.30am - 6.00pm
Friday8.30am - 6.00pm