Our Welfare Officers are here to help if you are over 65 years old and are receiving medical treatment in Bristol and Somerset.  Let our highly trained staff take the strain of your worries while you concentrate on your recovery. 

Following on for our successful pilot of an integrated medical welfare service for armed forces families in Wigan, we are now delighted to offer our the emotional and practical support to veterans over the age of 65 living in Bristol and Somerset.


We can provide support if

  • You are aged 65 or over and served one day or more in the British Armed Forces (including foreign or commonwealth and 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.


DMWS provides a range of practical and emotional support that is tailored to your needs. This includes:

  • Bedside visits
  • Telephone support
  • A confidential and impartial Listening Ear Service
  • Help with resolving any medical care issues and to understand your treatment
  • Practical help such as providing toiletries and clothing
  • Providing your family with emotional and practical support when they visit you, and at home
  • Supporting you and your family when talking with your medical team
  • Help  to make sure you have support and services in place when you leave hospital
  • Accompanying and supporting you at Outpatient Appointments
  • Accompanying and supporting you at community or home based treatment
  • Supporting you and your family to access services that can help you at home
  • Support for you and your loved ones through difficult times

We currently operate in the following hospitals:

Bristol Royal Infirmary
Bristol Community Hospital
Weston General Hospital
Taunton Musgrove Hospital
Yeovil District Hospital

Anyone can refer to DMWS including GPs, hospital staff, services, organisations, families or via self-referral.  Our team can be contacted on

07785 614836