Medical Discharge cases
There are several processes that are undertaken following Service personnel
being medically discharged from HM Armed Forces. These are as follows:
If you are medically discharged and are awarded an ill-health pension we will automatically receive copies of your service medical
documents (F MED 4).
If your Service ended after 6 April 2005 your papers will automatically be
considered under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. However, if the incident/condition that
resulted in you being invalided occurred before 6 April 2005 your papers
will also be considered under the War Pensions Scheme.
If your Service ended after 6 April 2005 and the incident/condition
that resulted in you being invalided also occurred after that date, your
papers will only be considered under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Your War Pensions Scheme reference number will be your National
Your Armed Forces Compensation Scheme reference number will
be your Service number.
We will send you a form requesting further details. For example,
details about your GP (if you have registered), NHS hospitals you have attended
and banking details.
If you are medically discharged and are not awarded an ill-health pension you must claim in the normal way.
Our clerical and/or medical staff will look at the information
received and will decide if a decision can be made. If a decision cannot
be made we may request some additional medical evidence. We may also need
to contact you to request information about accidents or incidents that happened
during your Service. There may be times when we arrange for you to be medically
If we do arrange for you to be medically examined we will ask
the Medical Service Centre that deals with your area to arrange a priority
appointment for you. If the time or place of the appointment they allocate
you is not convenient to you, you should contact the centre and they will
change the arrangements.
Once we have all the details we need one of our medical advisers
(War Pensions Scheme)or claims assessors (Armed Forces Compensation
Scheme) will consider the evidence and make a decision.
We will write to you to let you know the decision of your claim.
If you need any further information about the way we process
these claims or to obtain an update on the progress of your claim, please contact