Medical Examination- What's involved?

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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?
You should hear either way within about two weeks from the review date.
 

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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?
Think it’ll depend if there’s anything they want more info on weather you’ll get a date for a face to face .. for example when I was where you’re at they contacted me requesting more information about a heart murmur doctors thought I had when I was born but wasn’t which meant I had to go for various scans to prove I didn’t have one before I got to see a doctor.
Speaking to people on my PRMC and lads I’m about to enter RT with if you put anything substantial down they’ll likely need some more info.
 

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Think it’ll depend if there’s anything they want more info on weather you’ll get a date for a face to face .. for example when I was where you’re at they contacted me requesting more information about a heart murmur doctors thought I had when I was born but wasn’t which meant I had to go for various scans to prove I didn’t have one before I got to see a doctor.
Speaking to people on my PRMC and lads I’m about to enter RT with if you put anything substantial down they’ll likely need some more info.
All I put down was a hair-line fracture in my finger, so didn't even expect them to request my medical history, I haven't been in hospital since I was born, as far as I can remember. I had asthma when I was about 5 but didn't think that would be a problem because I haven't suffered from it since. But nervous now
 

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glad to see this post revived.having read today with interest i think it is worth pointing out the prerequisite for the medical question has to be honesty and full disclosure.to attempt to conceal and or mislead has to bring the integrity not to be found in ones medical history into question i am glad you have mastered the treadmill i first read this post as i having never attempted the treadmill and therefore became inquisitive any and all advise and information in regards your thoughts on the aforementioned treadmill would be taken into consideration.
 

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Just received an email with my medical appointment date - 8th May :)

Any tips or advice beforehand?
Avoid protein shakes for at least a week beforehand, likewise vigorous exercise 24-48 hours before. Ensure you are hydrated - you need to give a urine sample.

If you think you may have elevated blood pressure, a gentle jog an hour or two before the medical can reduce your blood pressure.

Make sure you have a thorough wash before the medical.

Avoid loud music or noisy environments for a few days beforehand or it could affect your hearing test.

Remember you will strip down to underwear - make sure you are not going Conmando.
 

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Avoid protein shakes for at least a week beforehand, likewise vigorous exercise 24-48 hours before. Ensure you are hydrated - you need to give a urine sample.

If you think you may have elevated blood pressure, a gentle jog an hour or two before the medical can reduce your blood pressure.

Make sure you have a thorough wash before the medical.

Avoid loud music or noisy environments for a few days beforehand or it could affect your hearing test.

Remember you will strip down to underwear - make sure you are not going Conmando.
Thanks Ninja, much appreciated.

Does anyone know roughly how long the medical lasts? My AFCO wants to do my interview at 11:00 on the same day and my medical is at 09:40.

I've never had my blood pressure checked before, that I know of. Can you just go to the doctor's to get it checked?
 
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I've never had my blood pressure checked before, that I know of. Can you just go to the doctor's to get it checked?
Try your GP surgery or one of the bigger pharmacy chains.

"You can ask for a blood pressure test if you're worried about your blood pressure at any point."

Source:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-test/

But don't over-think it. Many people elevate their BP by worrying about it!

Edited to add: Don't invent a fictitious medical condition to justify the test. Just say that you're interested. Best of luck.
 
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Afco will contact you, as soon as they get letter from capita
 

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Afternoon all.

I was wondering whether the 4 - year requirement for freedom from asthma symptoms is backdated from the day the medical is administered, or if it is backdated from the day you'd enter training?

If the former is the case, then how long is the typical gap between application (deadline of mid - November for officer entry), and the medical? I last saw a doctor about asthma in December 2016, so if there is a gap of about a month, I could apply in November 2020 for a September 2021 entry. If there is almost no gap, then I'd be looking at having to apply in November 2021.

Lastly, and this may sound ridiculous - what counts as asthma treatment? I had had an inhaler prescribed for peak flow issues in the summer of 2016, and then went back in December 2016, but in this visit they literally just ratified a clerical error they made in the previous visit - i.e.: they diagnosed peak flow issues based off the results in the summer without running any tests, because they forgot to record the diagnosis in the summer. Would I be able to argue that the 4 - year backdating should therefore finish in summer 2020 rather than December of 2020, allowing me to definitely apply in 2020?

Thanks for indulging a long post. I have read the asthma threads, but couldn't find such specific info, and thought since dates of the medical were so crucial, it may be best posted in the medical thread.
 

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The four years free from asthma signs, symptoms or treatment is usually 48 months from the date the last inhaler prescription was issued.

You should submit an online application at around month 46 or 47.
 

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Thank you Sir. So a diagnosis of a peak flow issue (which I no longer suffer from, but that detail is not on my records) is not considered asthma treatment? If so, that simplifies things enormously.
 

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Peak flow is just a measurement. Inhalers are classed as treatment if requested. If the last inhaler is still intact and sealed/unused, the clock starts at the previous prescription.
 

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Fantastic. So I am looking at the clock stopping in summer 2020. The deadline to apply for officer entry in September of any given year is November of the previous year, correct? So I would need to apply in November 2020 for the earliest possible entry of September 2021?

Or if this is incorrect, when is the earliest possible entry to officer training (if I pass my medical) if I apply the second the clock stops in summer 2020?

Thank you for all your help.
 

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I wanted to find out some information regarding the tri-age medical by phone, I am re-applying after my application time expirered it’s been 6-8 months I think since it expired.

I spoke to my old advisor and he said that I wouldn’t require to take a medical over the phone but go straight to an appointment with my new report regarding my condition, I’ve taken 3 years to comply my evidence, many consultants and Specialists have told me I’m physically fit and in good health.

Is this true since I’ve passed everything leading up to medical, would I skip the call as that was the problem with that halted me going directly to the appointment and a year of banging my head against a wall.
 

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I wanted to find out some information regarding the tri-age medical by phone, I am re-applying after my application time expirered it’s been 6-8 months I think since it expired.

I spoke to my old advisor and he said that I wouldn’t require to take a medical over the phone but go straight to an appointment with my new report regarding my condition, I’ve taken 3 years to comply my evidence, many consultants and Specialists have told me I’m physically fit and in good health.

Is this true since I’ve passed everything leading up to medical, would I skip the call as that was the problem with that halted me going directly to the appointment and a year of banging my head against a wall.
My guess is that if they have all the documented medical evidence required and still retained, bearing in mind the new data protection regulations, you should be OK....

...Providing the information is current, relevant and valid.
 
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