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Asthma..

ive recently done my interview and medical and i passed the interview but temp fail on medical because i used to have asthma when i was young, i know i dont have it anymore but ive been put on a peak flow metre for a month, cant wait to get pjft done to get onto prmc just hope they pass me, has this happened to anyone else??

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It happened to me first time round...

Just needed a letter from my GP confirming I had no reported symptoms and had not been prescribed any medication since I was a child.

Added a delay to my application as I had to first get the letter and then book another medical to show the letter to the doctor but other than that caused no other problems.

Just remeber , as others will say, things like this are taken on a case by case basis and the final say is with the medical officer.
 

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It happened to me first time round...

Just needed a letter from my GP confirming I had no reported symptoms and had not been prescribed any medication since I was a child.

Added a delay to my application as I had to first get the letter and then book another medical to show the letter to the doctor but other than that caused no other problems.

Just remeber , as others will say, things like this are taken on a case by case basis and the final say is with the medical officer.
hopefully be ok then, so i *text deleted* do the whole medical again?
 

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I didnt have another entire medical, the doctor just had a quick read of the letter and sent me on my way.

Unfortunately he referred me so it wasnt a yes on the spot - had to wait for the letter to be sent to naval recruiting (cant remember exactly where) who then made the decision.
 

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Took mine in last week and got a phone call the day after about a date to go and see the doc about it.

Got it on Thursday so i'll let you know what happens with me, hopefully its just thats fine fingers crossed. Got between 750 - 800 all the time.
 

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Took mine in last week and got a phone call the day after about a date to go and see the doc about it.

Got it on Thursday so i'll let you know what happens with me, hopefully its just thats fine fingers crossed. Got between 750 - 800 all the time.
cheers mate :)
 

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The doc said my average was 780 which was really high so everythings fine :D

But on my full health check hes got a couple of question marks so he has to send a tape saying what its all about to the docs elsewere :mad: Another 3-4 weeks.
 

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oh reet cheers mate :) im *text deleted* between 500-600 dependin wat time of day it is so hopefully thats ok, im an ex-smoker aswell so i suppose that doesnt help, glad i quit, cheers for the posts mate and good luck with getting in.

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Cheers bud same to you.

Dont know if you know this already but when they 1st gave me the peakflow to do they said if they have a question mark about the results you go to Portsmouth ( pretty sure he said there) for further tests.

Good luck.
 

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Just to clarify the medical referral system:

In order to be passed fit on the day, you must have completed your eyetest also.

If there is a medical condition requiring further investigation before you can be categorically classed unfit or passed fit, the Medical Officer (MO) will write, with your permission, to your GP requesting further detail. They typically take up to 4 weeks to respond.

(With asthma they often send a questionnaire for you GP to complete & return).

You can speed things along by ringing your GP's Practice Manager and asking them to look out for the letter & reply as soon as possible.

If the MO can make a definitive decision from the information provided by your GP, then you will be passed fit/or otherwise.

If further detail is required & is available locally, the MO will again request it from a hospital or wherever the information is held (up to another 4 weeks).

Alternatively if the information is such that the outcome is inconclusive, then the information is forwarded to the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entry), soon to be relocated at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) in Alverstoke, near Portsmouth in the newly named Aviation Medical Division. If the SMO can may a definitive decision, referring to the respective specialists in the relevant medical area, then that is passed back to the MO. Typically the turn-around time is within 4 weeks.

If the SMO cannot make a definitive decision, then an appointment is made with a specialist in the relevant medical area of expertise. This can be at the INM Alverstoke, Guys London or Birmingham. The RN/RM pays for your rail ticket (and accommodation, if necessary) for you to attend this appointment. Specialist medical appointments usually take over 4 weeks to arrange.

Hope that helps those in similar situations.
 

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Just to clarify the medical referral system:

In order to be passed fit on the day, you must have completed your eyetest also.

If there is a medical condition requiring further investigation before you can be categorically classed unfit or passed fit, the Medical Officer (MO) will write, with your permission, to your GP requesting further detail. They typically take up to 4 weeks to respond.

(With asthma they often send a questionnaire for you GP to complete & return).

You can speed things along by ringing your GP's Practice Manager and asking them to look out for the letter & reply as soon as possible.

If the MO can make a definitive decision from the information provided by your GP, then you will be passed fit/or otherwise.

If further detail is required & is available locally, the MO will again request it from a hospital or wherever the information is held (up to another 4 weeks).

Alternatively if the information is such that the outcome is inconclusive, then the information is forwarded to the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entry), soon to be relocated at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) in Alverstoke, near Portsmouth in the newly named Aviation Medical Division. If the SMO can may a definitive decision, referring to the respective specialists in the relevant medical area, then that is passed back to the MO. Typically the turn-around time is within 4 weeks.

If the SMO cannot make a definitive decision, then an appointment is made with a specialist in the relevant medical area of expertise. This can be at the INM Alverstoke, Guys London or Birmingham. The RN/RM pays for your rail ticket (and accommodation, if necessary) for you to attend this appointment. Specialist medical appointments usually take over 4 weeks to arrange.

Hope that helps those in similar situations.
Gr8 info, thanks mate
 

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Cheers bud same to you.

Dont know if you know this already but when they 1st gave me the peakflow to do they said if they have a question mark about the results you go to Portsmouth ( pretty sure he said there) for further tests.

Good luck.
yeah they send ya portsmouth for a lung function test :O! bit far for me, *text deleted*.. shud be alright though hopefully!
 
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Asthma

Ok, When I was about 8 I had my first (and only) asthma attack, I went to the hospital and was later prescribed inhalers. I haven't had asthma attacks since and have no problem with running long distances and things like that (run 8 miles 3 times a week and 16 miles once every two weeks). I have never really taken my inhalers, since I was last prescribed them at 14. I was wondering to be cleared of asthma for 4 years, do you have to just not be prescribed inhalers for 4 years or do you have to go see the doctor and he "clears" you of the condition. Any info would be great, thanks.
 

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Hiya Carl,

The Medical standards for Entry-Guidance Notes state the following conditions are a bar to entry:



Respiratory disorders


Asthma, wheeze or asthma symptoms or treatment within the past 4 years. Lung
disease Including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis.
Active tuberculosis.


This means you must be 4 years clear of being prescribed treatment. Ultimately the best person to speak to is the medical examiner at your nearest AFCO for categoric advice.

Good luck.
 
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Ahh okay then thanks, I will do that as soon as I can really and go to the doctor just to make 100% sure.
 
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Hey guys,

I've served in the Greek army as a honour guard, general duties and mechanized infantry soldier for a year (national service). I can do 80 push ups, 70 sit ups and 18 pull ups in quick succession. I can run a mile in just under 6 mins.

I'm an asthmatic. It's very minor and I only suffer from allergic reactions from dust. I haven't been treated for it for years, I refuse to use an inhaler as I believe this just encourages dependancy.

I've dreamed of entering the British Forces for years now (I'm half British/Greek and carry both passports) and have been focussed on the Marine Commandos for about a year now.

Is there any chance at all that they would even let an asthmatic at least try the PRMC?

If I don't declare my asthma, as I haven't been treated for years, is there a test in the medical that they use to try and find out if you are or not?

Thank you for your time.
 
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It's 4 years without being prescribed inhalers that will allow you to join. I'm not sure about tests though.
 
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Sotiris

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Thanks for the prompt reply.

Yes I read in the application form that you need to have been free of perscription for 4 years. However I feel that that screening is a little flimsy. As in my circumstance where I've simply refused to take treatment I can fill out the form and slip through that loop hole.

I'm interested to know if there is a specific test for asthma during the medical.

Thanks Carl.
 
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