medical referral

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  1. Just a quick question, Ive been referred to the senior medical officer because of an operation on my throat. anyway cut to the chase does anyone know the length of time it takes for them to get back to my local afco.

    Any help appreiciated!
     
  2. I doubt if anyone does, phone the AFCO on a daily basis, shows you are keen and it should oil the wheels. :thumright:
     
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    In the stickies section, under medical standards for entry:

    Medical Referrals

    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 Examiner (ME) 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 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 MO 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 ME. 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.

    Thanks mate :thumright:

    (Irony intended!)
     
  4. Again I reiterate the advice I routinely given on this forum:

    If you have ANYTHING in your medical past, please bring photocopies of the relevant parts of your medical notes (from your GP ) to your initial medical. It will speed things up a lot and prevent situations like this happening.

    You don't even need to make an appointment to see your GP: just phone the Practice Manager and ask for the copies (after explaining you need then for a Service medical examination): you can collect them at your leisure!


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  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    That's a very good point angrydoc - I'll amend the sticky accordingly.
     

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