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medical appeal advice

hillzymufc

Midshipman
Hi all I recently failed a navy medical for high blood pressure. I done a 24 ambulatory blood pressure monitor test and got 138 daily average. I didn't agree with the results and went back to my doc and she said I was fine and I done another 24 hour monitoring and got 120 so all is good there. I've got the results and im getting a note of my doctor tomorrow stating that I don't have hypertension etc. My advisor told me to right a letter myself explaining what's happened and why I want to appeal. I have a couple questions about this.

Who should I direct the letter to? (To whom ever this concerns or something)

How long should the letter be, how much detail etc?

Any other tips would be great from anyone who knows about appeals or has won one themselves.

Thanks
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The letter should be addressed to your careers adviser. He/she will acknowledge receipt and forward your appeal to the busiest man in NATO, the RN Medical Manager.

The letter should be polite, short and concise. Leave the technical stuff to the medical experts in the supporting medical evidence. Your letter should be something along the lines of "Dear .........,
Reference: Your full name, date of birth.

I wish to appeal my medical suitability for the Naval Service and enclose supporting medical evidence in support of my appeal for review by the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entries).

I look forward to an early response,
Yours Sincerely....."

Make sure the evidence is substantially in excess of any previous test undertaken. IE: If you had a previous 24 hour test that was deemed too high, a second one of equal duration reading lower does not deliver a conclusive result and will not be upheld as definitive evidence.

Good luck.
 

hillzymufc

Midshipman
So the letter I write should be directed at my career advisor and start with Dear John Smith if that was my advisors name. I thought I had to direct it at the medical officer.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
So the letter I write should be directed at my career advisor and start with Dear John Smith if that was my advisors name. I thought I had to direct it at the medical officer.
It doesn't really matter, as it is a medical issue it can only be reviewed by a medical officer. As you will probably not know the name of the service specialist and your Careers Adviser needs to be aware of the appeal, it is best to use your Careers Adviser as the conduit.
 

squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
Looking through info on medical bars to entry. Where does the RN stand on a single chest infection within the last 4 years, cleared up by antibiotics alone, no inhalers prescribed and no history of asthma?? Can this fall under the heading 'asthma symptoms' and possibly still be a bar to entry?
Any advice appreciated! Thanks


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squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
Basically yes it's just that 'chest infection' is what it's been labelled as on my medical records


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Jammydodger

Midshipman
Im not a doctor but asthma symptoms, to me, sounds like a wheeze in the chest area, tight chest and shortness of breath. As I've not had any of them, I'd tick no to that box.

Same with hayfever.. I had a normal sneeze in every season including pollen season, like everyone has. But I've never got a blocked nose from pollen, watery eyes , constant sneezing etc does that mean I have Hayfever ? Doubt it.
 

squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
I just got a bit twitchy as it could be classed as a symptom argh so many maybe maybe nots lol


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I just got a bit twitchy as it could be classed as a symptom argh so many maybe maybe nots lol


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You are over thinking things. Chest infection is a diagnosis, not a symptom. If you have never been diagnosed as suffering from asthma then you have no history of asthma. Any history should be confined to conditions diagnosed which are covered by the questions asked.
 

squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
I'm definitely over thinking things, I know I'm fit and healthy with no med issues just been searching this forum probably too much and chest infections cropped up and I was like uh oh there's my spoiler


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squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
Yep never had no symptoms and would definitely have known by now after doing cardio 5 days a week for the last couple months :)


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Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The only time it's likely to be an issue is if you have previously had asthma as a child & then more recently had asthma-like symptoms brought-on my an infection.
 

squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
Luckily all clear of an asthma history and no asthma like symptoms since, fit as a fiddle. The chest infection was within the last 4 years though. Thanks for all advice!!


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