Defence Medical Welfare Service is an independent charity providing medical welfare to those who have, and continue to, operate on the frontline.

DMWS is embedded within NHS Boards across Scotland, providing critical support at the bedside for Armed Forces patients (serving, reservists, veterans and their families).

We are proud to work in partnership with:

  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS Scottish Borders

Our services are recognised as an important part of the healthcare journey, which is why NHS Boards work with us in partnership and are a major source of direct funding.  This special relationship places DMWS welfare officers directly into hospital settings, right where we are needed, ready to step in to support those who have served when they need us most.

Patient Story – DMWS in Partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


We work with a range of statutory and third sector partners across Scotland to support the Armed Forces Community. We are very grateful for the support and funding which makes this possible. This includes:

These groups have created efficient and effective cross-partner referrals to enable access to the right support, at the right time, in the right place.

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