Defence Medical Welfare Service


DMWS is an independent charity providing help and support to the Armed Forces Community whenever they are receiving medical help. Support has been provided since 1943 across the United Kingdom, Germany and Cyprus.

DMWS is currently be working as part of a consortium in partnership with 15 other agencies who form the Unforgotten Forces Project.

Two Welfare Officers (Emma Gration and Sharon Murphy) operate within Ayrshire and Arran providing support to veterans 65 years or over, and their families with emotional and practical support within a medical setting in Crosshouse Hospital, Woodlands View Hospital and soon Ayr Hospital as well as within the community throughout Ayrshire.

We can offer:

• a confidential and impartial listening ear
• practical assistance and accompanied visits to appointments
• help to explain and resolve any medical care issues
• support individuals and family through difficult times
• help to make sure support is in place on return from hospital
• refer to other agencies for support.

We can provide support if: 
You are aged 65 or over and served one day or more in the British Armed Forces (including Foreign, Commonwealth or National Service) 

You are a member of the immediate family of a Veteran aged 65 or over 

You are aged 65 or over and are a widow or widower of a veteran 

You are a carer for a veteran aged 65 or over.

If you identify any veterans who you feel could benefit from support please do not hesitate to contact

Activity Information

  • Venue: Ayr Hospital and Ayrshire community
  • Price:
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  • Advanced Booking Required: No
  • Age Range: 65+
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  • Joining / Referral Method: Self Referral

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