Medical appeal waiting times

squashedbanana

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Where there's a chance, ie: a borderline issue, it can mean that the case has been referred to the individual Service SME to determine whether, in their expert opinion, this particular issue is worth taking the chance and putting their name to taking the responsibility of letting you in "on risk". The reason it takes time is, same as in the NHS, service medical consultants have waiting lists.

Yes, reading this, this is definitely where I am at right now, my AFCO said it had gone from one person to another at Portsmouth. I must be borderline with something... (I understand that this is purely general advice) But borderline with what would be good to know!

In reading your previous comment on this thread about the contracted medical company being able to speak directly with candidates, I would, in my situation, agree with this, purely because my murmur was discovered at my Capita Medical, cause of said murmur currently unknown. Perhaps if I could engage with Capita more, I could gain an understanding of what could be wrong with the heart, and go for investigative tests under my own steam, instead of googling everything under the sun! Can rule out anything congenital though, happy days.

I think my case is particularly tricky as it's an undiagnosed situation, whereas most other applicants seem to get snarled up with their existing, known conditions, such as Asthma etc...

Nevertheless, thank you for the insight, and hopefully the new year will bring me some sort of outcome.


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squashedbanana

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Received my medical outcome... After 2 attended medicals, 5 paper review medicals mingled in with an ECG, then an Echo, a specialists report and then a GP report all in the space of 17 months... I've been passed as Medically fit to enter! I then passed my PJFT 2 hours after my fifth paper review medical. Phew [emoji28]


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Ninja_Stoker

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Well done for having the patience to stick it out. I've no doubt we lose a good many candidates because they are kept in the dark for a considerable period and unable to communicate with the contracted company.

On the plus side it demonstrates that at least you were afforded to opportunity to succeed. A quick answer is often "no"

For the benefit of those that follow, if you know you have a condition that needs to be declared on the medical questionnaire, then it pays to produce a strong case in order to be passed fit from the outset rather than fail the initial medical, submit an appeal & go through the rigmarole of producing the required definitive medical evidence bit by bit as it is requested. Produce a solid case in support of your application from the outset & you may still need to be referred to a specialist for a decision, but it can save you a long wait & a lot of heartache and uncertainty along the way. Of course, hindsight is marvelous in retrospect but it pays to do the research.

Best of luck.
 

squashedbanana

Lantern Swinger
Well done for having the patience to stick it out. I've no doubt we lose a good many candidates because they are kept in the dark for a considerable period and unable to communicate with the contracted company.

On the plus side it demonstrates that at least you were afforded to opportunity to succeed. A quick answer is often "no"

For the benefit of those that follow, if you know you have a condition that needs to be declared n the medical questionnaire, then it pays to produce a strong case in order to be passed fit from the outset rather than fail the initial medical, submit an appeal & go through the rigmarole of producing the required definitive medical evidence bit by bit as it is requested. Produce a solid case in support of your application from the outset & you may still need to be referred to a specialist for a decision, but it can save you a long wait & a lot of heartache and uncertainty along the way. Of course, hindsight is marvelous in retrospect but it pays to do the research.

Best of luck.

Thank you [emoji3]

It's worth noting that my 'medical issue' causing the delay was actually picked up in my medical when the Dr listened to my heart using the stethoscope - I had no former medical record regarding heart issues and I was completely asymptomatic, hence my GP's surprise when I asked for ECG's and Echo's. Nevertheless, it's now onwards and upwards!


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squashedbanana

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What kind of issues are the medically being failed on (if they're not too personal to say)?

Thx


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I didn't 'fail' per say, I was made TMU and asked to investigate a heart murmur that was picked up. Everything else was passed on the day


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Ninja_Stoker

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Heart murmurs, hypermobility & colour perception deficiencies are commonly identified as hitherto-unknown issues during routine AFCO medicals.

In my experience those with eyesight or hearing issues generally tend to know already but perhaps not the extent.
 

squashedbanana

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Heart murmurs, hypermobility & colour perception deficiencies are commonly identified as hitherto-unknown issues during routine AFCO medicals.

In my experience those with eyesight or hearing issues generally tend to know already but perhaps not the extent.

Now that mine has been picked up, investigated and 'accepted' (if that's the right term) by the RN, and if I'm lucky enough to start at Raleigh, would I be right in assuming the medical in the first few days will already be aware of this and I'm not likely to hit further snags on this issue alone? I'm not going to be told 'have another ECG' and sent away? I only ask as I still have 6+ months until a possible intake...


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Ninja_Stoker

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Now that mine has been picked up, investigated and 'accepted' (if that's the right term) by the RN, and if I'm lucky enough to start at Raleigh, would I be right in assuming the medical in the first few days will already be aware of this and I'm not likely to hit further snags on this issue alone? I'm not going to be told 'have another ECG' and sent away? I only ask as I still have 6+ months until a possible intake...
Unless things change, you are deemed fit to enter & the murmur declared "benign" with no routine follow-up actions required. If follow-up actions are required, the Medical Examiner should have advised.
 

squashedbanana

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Unless things change, you are deemed fit to enter & the murmur declared "benign" with no routine follow-up actions required. If follow-up actions are required, the Medical Examiner should have advised.

Ok thank you, I should be fine then, I haven't been contacted by the Medical Examiner, I just had a phone call off my AFCO to say I had been made fit to enter and that there was a final paper review which I subsequently passed a day or two later. Massive relief [emoji4]


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