European Joint Support Unit

European Joint Support Unit

To provide Firm Base support to Service Personnel, civilians and their families serving with NATO, the EU and elsewhere in Europe and Turkey, in order to facilitate success on operations



This site contains Healthcare information relevant to everyone residing in European Joint Support Unit supported areas.  You will also find location-specific healthcare leaflets in the NSE location tabs.  For more patient focused information you can also visit Defence Primary Healthcare’s My Healthcare Hub on Defence Gateway.

The Senior Medical and Nursing Officer employed by DPHC work closely with EJSU. We are involved in medical support decisions; provide clinical support to the practices and direct to EJSU chains of command, areas and patients.  There are three main UK practices who provide care for the EJSU population.  with further information at the practices tab.


New Health Visitor – Kerry Riley (Both SHAPE and CEP)
Kerry has 10 years of experience as a Health Visitor and 21 years as a nurse. In this time Kerry has supported British Military Families overseas in Cyprus and Kenya and has also been in military service. Health visitors are specialist nurses who are experts in public health and child development and mandated by the government to deliver the healthy child programme. In partnership with SSAFA Kerry will be offering support and guidance to you and your family virtually or if required face to face.

Medical Cabinet

Most medical supplies can be obtained usually without a prescription in the pharmacy however, drugs may be marketed under a different name or can be expensive and difficult to find. Specific requirements and/or brand names may not be available.

We recommend that you bring some with you and keep your medical cabinet stocked up whilst you are in Europe, please see the list below of what is recommended.

Please make sure that your medical cabinet is locked and out of reach of children.

Pain relief: paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Calpol
Oral rehydration salts
Anti-diarrhoea tablets
Indigestion treatment

First Aid Kit

Bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash, solution, sterile dressings, medical tape, tweezers.


You can contact Healix using the following details:

Telephone+44 (0)20 8481 7800
Applying for your GHIC card

Applying for a GHIC card whilst serving overseas.

Select that you live in the UK when completing your application.

When entering your address use the following instructions:

  • Select ‘Enter address manually’
  • Enter your BFPO Postal Address
  • Enter your BFPO postcode in the ‘UK Postcode’ field
  • Enter your unit address in the Street, Town & County fields, for example:

Sgt Smith


SHAPE (Belgium)


Leave the country field as ‘UK’

For more help and information please see:

To apply for your GHIC card

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