Frustrating medical triage

Sunnydays

Newbie
Hi all,

I had my triage with the nurse yesterday who just wasn’t listening to what I was saying!
So firstly a couple of years after my daughter was born I had a little bit of depression, nothing serious and was only on medication for 8 weeks. In the letter to my GP the triage nurse has said I had post natal depression, those words did not leave my mouth!! Secondly last year I went to my GP due to a bad headache that I thought may have been migraine, I was given a prescription that I did not collect from as the head ache went, and as discussed with my GP it could be down to not drinking enough waster! I have never had them before and I havnt been back to GP since with this and I think it’s down to change of diet, plenty of water etc.. on my patient summary it doesn’t say I was diagnosed with migraine!
In the letter to my GP from the triage nurse as well as her saying post natal depression then also querying the migraine!

My worries are that this may prevent me from progressing into the navy Reserves, I have spoken to my GP and they have told me on my record it does not state I have been diagnosed with either of those and that With the headache I did not take the treatment and only says migraine with a question mark in the actual notes from the consultation!
I found the nurse from Capita not very helpful at all making her own asumptions and diagnosis, she even went as far as asking with the headache if I was photo sensitive, I said no but at the time it obviously hurt to look at the computer screen as I had a whopping headache so she’s put down I’m photosensitive with migraine, I feel so angry and I can’t even call them to complain

any help and advice would be very much appreciated thanks
 

Dredd

War Hero
Super Moderator
First action on - calm down.

You have given information that will not be verified as medical conditions by the GP, so it is unlikely to truly affect the outcome. If it does, be prepared to challenge it.

We often say on here to always tell the truth, but what we really mean is to make sure you are not trying to miss out or trivialise something that your records will later reveal as this makes you look as if you are trying to conceal something. In this case you may have revealed too much in an honest effort not to conceal things.

I hate to say it, but a period of depression after giving birth is the very definition of post-natal depression, whether you want to categorise it as that or not. In any case, it is a very common condition. Whether it affects the application having been prescribed medication only 2 years ago I don't know.

And finally - I am not involved in RN recruitment and my missives above have as much validity on the subject as an advertising agent pitching to a new account. Your first and last call is always to speak to your AFCO.
 

Sunnydays

Newbie
Thanks for your response I have tried to be as open and honest with the nurse but just felt like she was making up her own diagnosis! It does not state I was diagnosed with post natal depression just low mood/depression this was in 2013 2 years after my daughter was born!
My main concern is about the headache I went in for last year, I was not diagnosed with migraine and have not been back since as I have made a big effort to cut the caffeine and drink plenty of water! It was me initially thinking it was one! But I was never medicated for it. It was only discussed on the consultation that I thought it was a migraine. Like you say I may have given more information that I needed too
 

Sunnydays

Newbie
Thanks for your response I have tried to be as open and honest with the nurse but just felt like she was making up her own diagnosis! It does not state I was diagnosed with post natal depression just low mood/depression this was in 2013 2 years after my daughter was born!
My main concern is about the headache I went in for last year, I was not diagnosed with migraine and have not been back since as I have made a big effort to cut the caffeine and drink plenty of water! It was me initially thinking it was one! But I was never medicated for it. It was only discussed on the consultation with my GP that I thought it was a migraine. Like you say I may have given more information that I needed too
 

soleil

War Hero
Sunnydays

As far as I can see, your application is still at the stage where more information is being gathered and so I think that the best thing to do at the moment is to take a deep breath and stay hopeful. It would be difficult if your GP were to write back stating that these assumptions were all spot on, but this sounds unlikely.

For your reassurance, I would be inclined to give your AFCO Careers Advisor a call to see where things are at the moment.

The ultimate arbiter on these matters is someone called SMO(SE) - Senior Medical Officer (Service Entry) - there is a separate SMO(SE) for the Reserves and any extra information will go to him for further consideration. The impression I get from skimming through your post is that things haven't reached that stage yet.

Don't worry at this point, give your Careers Advisor at the AFCO a call and see where things are at the moment.
 

Sunnydays

Newbie
Thanks, I’m sure I’m just worrying about nothing. My GP is fantastic so I’m sure they will make it clear to Capita there are no issues
 
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