medical query

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  1. Hi, ive been for my medical about a month ago and am now awaiting the afco to get in touch with me regarding my doctors report. im starting to woory now though seen as the navy have had my medical report for 3 weeks and have not been in touch with me, the medical query is regarding an operation where I had a lymph node removed from my neck does anybody know if i will be refused entry because of this?

    Any help appreciated
  2. Not sure if that will preclude you from entry.
    AFCOs are busy and it may take time to process your report. Have you contacted them to see if there is a reason other than numbers of reports in the pipeline?
  3. Ive been to the afco today and was told that you have to wait a year after an operation is this correct? and also in may i was attacked while celebrating utds champs league victory in a bar, which caused a bleed on my brain, will i have to wait a year from this for entry?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator


    In order to be passed fit on the day, you must have completed your eyetest also.

    If there is a medical condition requiring further investigation before you can be categorically classed unfit or passed fit, the Medical Officer (MO) will write, with your permission, to your GP requesting further detail. They typically take up to 4 weeks to respond.

    (With asthma they often send a questionnaire for you GP to complete & return).

    You can speed things along by ringing your GP's Practice Manager and asking them to look out for the letter & reply as soon as possible.

    If the Medical examiner (ME) can make a definitive decision from the information provided by your GP, then you will be passed fit/or otherwise.

    If further detail is required & is available locally, the ME will again request it from a hospital or wherever the information is held (up to another 4 weeks).

    Alternatively if the information is such that the outcome is inconclusive, then the information is forwarded to the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entry), at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) in Alverstoke, near Portsmouth in the Aviation Medical Division. If the SMO can may a definitive decision, referring to the respective specialists in the relevant medical area, then that is passed back to the MO. Typically the turn-around time is within 4 weeks.

    If the SMO cannot make a definitive decision, then an appointment is made with a specialist in the relevant medical area of expertise. This can be at the INM Alverstoke, Guys London or Birmingham. The RN/RM pays for your rail ticket (and accommodation, if necessary) for you to attend this appointment. Specialist medical appointments usually take over 4 weeks to arrange.

    Hope that helps those in similar situations.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Yes, (assuming it was the Doctor that told you this) it isn't a random figure, there is a mandatory post operative recuperation period to ensure there are no further complications as dictated by the examining officer.

    Again you need to speak to the medical examiner at your AFCO as they are the only people qualified to give specific advice.

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