Medical Examination- What's involved?

Discussion in 'Stickies/Frequently Asked Questions' started by Ninja_Stoker, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    The medical examiner is the person that makes the call on medical suitability for service, they are not tasked with judging your moral integrity.

    Bottom line is if you state it was migraine then you'll wait a couple of years prescription-free before you can be passed fit to enter.
     
  2. thundernerd

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    Hi mate

    I passed my medical recently and one thing I had to declare was that I'd been randomly punched by some drunken clown which resulted in me falling over and hitting my head on a low window ledge and was knocked out. I had a concussion and declared this at medical but because it was one off he was fine with it. There was nothing broken or anything else just concussion. Just to point out, it was only 2 and a half years ago so if your's is 5 years ago you'll be absolutely fine.

    Good luck
     
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  3. RayDonovan

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    How long did this set you back mate?
     
  4. northmonkeySW

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    Had my medical this morning - passed everything except for hearing test (need to get ears syringed before they can do it apparently - result of a recent surfing holiday!) and I need to get my GP to send across a report from my consultant detailing some specialist information, I had it all with me and the doctor told me it was all fine but that Capita need to have a digital copy of it. So still a few more hurdles to jump!
     
  5. lflower99

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    Do you get an ECG in you medical
     
  6. Gregor1995

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    Before my actual medical capita told me I needed to take ECG results with me so I had to have it done by my GP.
    I got the results then and there so it wasn't a painful wait just getting the appointment and my GP to cooperate was the main hassle.
     
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  7. Chelonian

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    In fairness to GPs their function is to provide primary healthcare to the unwell. Most regard assisting the career aspirations of others as a secondary function.
    Polite charm and an acknowledgment of the above can sometimes smooth a process. I also shamelessly bribe GP staff with cake and biscuits to gain cooperation.
     
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  8. lflower99

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    Does the doctor get your medical records?
     
  9. Hopeful Greybeard

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    So with your medical do you get told if you have passed right there and then? Finally submitted my application today and hoping I can move ahead without worries.
     
  10. Gregor1995

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    They sent a letter to my go requesting my records.

    Both the medicals I had I was told then and there, no wait. They took a urine sample, assume the results of that are immediate.
     
  11. Mattys

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    If you have any issues you think may make you tmu/fail medical pending further information book an appointment with your gp which I did and ask for him to write you off on any history you have that there is no arising issues.

    I had several heart scares/checks on my history and the gp was nice enough to write out up to date stuff and print out my medical history and even got me to do an up to date ecg there and then with the printed out results with everything giving me the all clear no issues.

    When I had my capita medical on the phone the woman I spoke to said it's good I have this information otherwise I would have been made tmu for up to 6 months due to it and have saved myself so much issues time with the face to face medical.
     
  12. Gregor1995

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    Very true, I had those issues and was TMU for 7 months!
    Also something else to bare in mind, I went through 4 months and about 20 phone calls with capita whilst TMU who at that stage had all my previous and current medical info. I was taking lymacycline from the beginning of my application, disclosed it to the nurse over the phone, at no stage did anyone from capita tell me I couldn't take it or still be on it. Only when I went for my first proper medical was I told I had to be 3 months clear without taking it before I could get through a medical. it was a long 3 months.
     
  13. Mattys

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    Yea bit of a nightmare then really it's a good thing my afco and this forum where here to help as I read up on old posts regarding medicals and the amount of people getting made tmu so I made sure I had all the stuff I required up to date as last thing I want is being told to come back in 6 months personally don't think I could wait that long and re start it again would be bit of s nightmare.

    So take it that was a prescription drug seen a few people that have had to get off them in time before being able to do the medical.

    What stage are you at now?
     
  14. Gregor1995

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    Funny you say that, I'm shocked I've seen it out this far because of how the medical process went for me alone I would normally have given up ages ago. Guess it's a case of how bad you want it.

    I'm on my 2nd attempt at PJFT.
    Went through the first 2.4km fine, no sweat, on the return I was at 1.9km with 2 minutes to go and the trainer at Nuffield stopped me, said I was running to slow.
    So 500 meters in 2 minutes which I think is more than achievable, I usually sprint the last 1:30. spoke to my AFCO and they said i could appeal it or just wait 10 weeks, request someone different to take it with and state that I don't want anyone touching the treadmill regardless. I'm due to receive my next invite in the next week or two.
     
  15. Mattys

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    It's not down to not wanting it in my situation I've had to lose a lot of weight in short time and I'm 28 in 5 weeks time so st the wrong end of time on my side if that makes sense *text deleted*.

    To be honest I'd have flipped I don't know how they can let you run then with not that long to go just stop it pretty obscene that and your right it's certainly doable.

    How long have u had to wait between that fail and your 2nd attempt?

    Least I'll know what to mention when it comes to me taking mine cheers for the heads up! *text deleted*
     
  16. Gregor1995

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    Dont think anyone wants to be delayed but more understandable in your case, although I thought cut off was 32?

    Yeah not in my nature to stay calm in that sort of situation but again it wouldn't have done me any favours getting rowdy and I think maybe a good test because there would be far worse to come in RT I would imagine! 10 week wait, 4 more to go but I know a bit more of what to expect for next time.

    Was so nervous they nearly didn't let me do it because my blood pressure was through the roof, eventually got it down.

    To be honest I wouldn't worry about it, the guy a had was a bit of a tool. Once he had failed me went on to talk about when he applied for the marines and how amazing his cardio is because he teaches spin class 5 times a week blah blah blah. "I won't tell you the time I did my PJFT in mate, I don't want to put you down anymore"
    I don't think you'll come across another one like him!
     
  17. Mattys

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    Yea the cut off is 33 but with the application process and then actually getting to training I could be 34 come the end of rt training.

    This is why i took a risk of applying when I was way over the bmi limit knowing that if I got to the medical stage on target would save me a lot of time.

    Yea I understand where your coming from but still they have no right to stop you because what that class as slow might not be enough when there was enough time and just puts more pressure on you now for your next run.

    Not to long then but still a long wait regardless between.
    I've seen a lot on the blood pressure lately I'm *text deleted* make sure I bring a note from my gp and get tested so I don't have any issues when I arrive so would save me traveling all that way for something as silly as a blood pressure test yet you have to have passed a medical to be aloud on it in the first place.

    He sounds like someone who loves himself and seen you was about to pass and thought naa I'll fail you *text deleted*.
     
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  18. panderpop123

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    Hi, wasn't really sure where to ask this so figured I'd ask it here!
    Recently sent my medical questionnaire back, got a email and text of the Royal Navy saying I had a message on my dashboard, opened it and nothing...
    sent an email to my afco asking if there was any problems but haven't heard back as of yet, just worried incase I've missed something.
    Any reply or knowledge would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

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    Just call your AFCO to ask.
     
  20. Gingersaurus

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    Hello everyone,

    Not sure if anyone will have an answer to this and hope I've posted in the right place.

    I got an email last week saying that a doctor would be reviewing my medical documents sent by my GP on 19/04/2018, I understand it's only been a day, but how long should I wait for an answer getting my face to face medical? Or should I start chasing it up?
     

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