Dental dilemmas

Karen Ross, AFF Health & Additional Needs Specialist, shares the latest updates on NHS dental and orthodontic provision – topics that generate a number of enquiries from Army families… FROM recent enqu...

Overseas health fairs

IN MANY overseas locations, annual health fairs bring together military and civilian professionals, organisations and businesses. They are a great source of information on dental care, local sports clubs, alt...

Remote access

THE Army Welfare Service (AWS) Intake & Assessment Team (IAT) was established to deal with enquiries in the north of England, but it was so successful that it’s now the single point of access for all welfar...

First aid for the mind

Stigma is often cited as the greatest barrier to people seeking help for their mental health, which is why Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England aims to train one-in-ten people as mental health first aiders. I...

Your health overseas

IN A recent AFF overseas survey, we were pleased to see a rise in satisfaction levels relating to healthcare provision overseas compared to 2015 figures. The exception was a drop to just five per cent satisfac...

Virtual health helper

SSAFA’s health visiting involvement in BATUK, Kenya began in 2016 when the charity was asked to consider providing a service for families. AFF’s Kenya Co-ordinator provided evidence of the need for a health v...

Lyla’s journey

Army life can be tough at the best of times, but how do you cope as a family if your child is sick with a serious illness? Soldier Paul O’Donovan and his wife Kirsty are doing just that with their five-year-old...

Let’s talk about health

When you pack up for a posting, it’s not just friends you leave behind but other people in the community you have come to know and trust. Finding a new babysitter or hairdresser can wait; the priority for many ...

What price a tan?

A NEW campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the dangers of sun damage and tanning. The drive, which includes three hard-hitting videos including one featuring a father and former soldier in his 50...

Fertility in the Forces

Experiencing fertility problems can be tough, but Armed Forces couples can face additional challenges, such as time spent apart and moves potentially resulting in a longer wait for fertility treatment. NHS Engl...