Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Chicogiz, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Well ive been a member on RR for nealy a year now but time is just around the corner until i will go and get my application. Now down to the question, i had asthma when i was 7 will that affect on me joining?

    Many Thanks
  2. Unlikely - if you haven't suffered since but wise to seek professional advice. Anything you get from RR is (like my comment) likely to be based on best guess ... unless any of the medical types want to offer their thoughts.

  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    There are times when one feels the message isn't sinking in, no matter what you say:

    However, assuming your Mum has changed her mind:

    The following has been lifted from the RN Website:

    "The Armed Forces require anyone who joins to be medically fit to serve worldwide. New entrants to the Armed Forces undergo intensive training which is physically demanding and mentally taxing. New entrants must be of a robust constitution and free from disease or pre-existing injury to meet this challenge. If you do decide to apply and your application is accepted, you will be required to pass a full medical examination. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Before a Medical Officer examines you, you are asked to declare certain information about your medical history to identify obvious medical conditions for which rejection is automatic. Please note that your application will be rejected if:
    You suffer from Epilepsy You suffer from Diabetes You suffer or have suffered from Asthma in the past four years You suffer from Colitis, Crohns Disease, or any other long standing bowel disorder or have had your spleen removed You have ever had a detached retina or corneal transplant You suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any other bone or joint disordersThe above list is not exhaustive and you may find that your application is rejected due to other medical conditions, not listed, but which are subject to the discretion of the examining doctor or Service Medical Authorities."

    When all is said & done the Medical Officer is the person who will give a definitive answer. If they cannot answer your query on the information provided, they will request your medical notes to make a decision. If they cannot make a decision from your notes, they will refer you to a specialist.
    Usually they can make a decision without the need to consult medical notes, it's only when there is a borderline issue that further investigation is necessary.

    Good luck
  4. Well m8 i went on HMS Bulwark on saturday with my MUM and she liked it and said she would let me in because the navy personal on the ship was saying what i would be doing etc.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Delighted to hear it m8, doubtless we shall hear how it progresses in due course.
  6. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Could this be Credders relief????? :dwarf:
  7. Surely one of the attributes we try to eschew in RN personnel is problem solving. The information Ninja Stoker has given (and has repeatedly given on numerous occasions, as people ask questions like this on a near daily basis!) is lifted from the RN website - which everyone can access.

    How about using your own initiative once in a while and trying to find out for yourself instead of expecting other people to tell you?

    Endex rantex.
  8. Just as anyone would expect, an RN doc sloping a simple question. Let me guess, take some bruffen and call me when I have gone on draft.
    Anyway I have had asthma for the past 13 years. If you get in and you develop asthma when you are in then they will look after you. But if you have it before you join then you are out before you get in. Unless you have not used ventolin in the last 5 years. Or your doctor can put it off as something else.
  9. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    There was me sitting on the sofa, Saturday night reading your post about O boats, while the boss watches X factor on sky +, and thinking "it would be just my luck if he joins my boat ( nips my head about everything from how long toenails should be, to how long will it take me to become a WO) and i read you say you have asthma. I believe you may have a VERY hard time becoming a sundodger.
  10. Correct. If I could then I would. But as luck may have it I can't. So I will just have to make good with fast promotion, visiting many ports and not stinking of my own s**t. Oh and not being based in Scotland.
    SM. nothing a NDB would not take care of.
  11. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    Me thinks you have a case of mistaken ID Chrip, but now you ve laid you chips on the table, how do you get fast promotion being a steward? hahaha
  12. Yes, you got me. I am not one of the select few who can do whatever it is you lot do. I have lots of respect for you lot and like i said, if i could, then i would. But Steward.... come along, you can do better than that!
  13. Chirp_single

    Read my post. I was not sloping the question - I answer lots of medical questions on this forum and if I don't know the answer I look up the BRs and find out. The initial question had already been answered with casual reference to the RN website by Ninja Stoker. I merely pointed out that if the info is there, why is there a need to ask. And I wouldn't recommend brufen for your asthma - it can set it off.

    Your opinion of the medical branch is obviously tarnished - I don't know why - but if you were to get off your high horse and have a look at what is provided for Services personnel compared to what the NHS has to offer you wouldn't be criticising us. I am the first to accept the treatment of medevac'd personnel to Birmingham is far from ideal (see threads passim) but primary health care (ie GP) in the Services is second to none.

    The reason we give out a lot of brufen is - shock, horror - the RN is full of people who routinely fall over etc and give themselves soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains, etc), the treatment of which is anti-inflammatories. If you don't want them then stop moaning and get on with it.

    Similarly, if you want to spurn the RN Medical Branch completely, feel free to pay to see a civilian GP, wait twice as long for an appointment, and then look forward to a 6 month wait for physiotherapy or potentially longer for referral to secondary (hospital) care. More for the rest of us.

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