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Medical Rejection & Appeal

Phalanx

Midshipman
Evening All,

Following my earlier post here - Capita has decided to reject me on medical grounds, due to my previous medical history of hayfever.

I have spoken to my career advisor and they are sending me the appeal paperwork for me to complete with my GP.

So far I plan to include that oral medication provided on prescription did control the hayfever and that I was given stronger medication as a precaution from the GP to assist during exam season. I haven't requested a prescription of this medication in nearly 2 years, so I plan to provide evidence of this. I was also referred to a specialist to investigate which allergens trigger my hayfever for personal knowledge and I was offered immunotherapy as a long-term fix rather than repetitive oral medication. I didn't accept the immunotherapy as I didn't believe it was necessary.

Currently, and for the past 2 years, I have barely suffered from hayfever! If I have, its only been very mild.

Would it also be worth requesting that my employer writes a letter outlining the following? During work I have never had any symptoms present, my work has never been impaired by hayfever and that I have never had to take a day sick leave due to it.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what other evidence I could possibly supply to demonstrate that my hayfever is mild and does not present an issue?

Thanks,
Phalanx

I appreciate that it is difficult to interpret having not read my medical notes, the letter from capita etc and so I thank you all in advance and appreciate any assistance provided!
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
"Currently, and for the past 2 years, I have barely suffered from hayfever! If I have, its only been very mild."

Surely this says that you still suffer from hayfever!
 

Phalanx

Midshipman
"Currently, and for the past 2 years, I have barely suffered from hayfever! If I have, its only been very mild."

Surely this says that you still suffer from hayfever!

Yes, I'm led to believe that mild hayfever is acceptable. It has been assumed from medical notes that it was severe.
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
BRd 3(1) 7-6 June 2016 Version 5 Effective June 2017
b. Hay Fever. Mild attacks which would not affect the efficient performance of duty may be ignored. Severe hay fever is likely to be a bar to entry, the severity being judged by the need for prolonged medication (including inhalers). Hay fever in Aircrew has the potential to cause incapacitation in flight. Aircrew candidates with a declared history of hay fever may be considered for selection if they have had no treatment and no symptoms in the 4 years preceding their appearance at the selection Medical Board.

Good luck, although note the word 'may' :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The good news is that if joining the Navy, hayfever is not really an issue at when out at sea due to the low pollen count.

If joining the Royal Marines however, due to the nature of their "amphibiousity" and their liking for rolling around in muddy fields, prescribed medication rather than "over-the-counter" medication, indicates a significant pre-existing medical condition. (Sneezing & Snipers = not good).

Hopefully common sense will prevail.
 

Phalanx

Midshipman
The good news is that if joining the Navy, hayfever is not really an issue at when out at sea due to the low pollen count.

If joining the Royal Marines however, due to the nature of their "amphibiousity" and their liking for rolling around in muddy fields, prescribed medication rather than "over-the-counter" medication, indicates a significant pre-existing medical condition. (Sneezing & Snipers = not good).

Hopefully common sense will prevail.

Thank you very much @Ninja_Stoker - exactly what my career advisor said!!!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
It 's nice to know the information was already known but needed to be confirmed on an unofficial forum:rolleyes:
 

Phalanx

Midshipman
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to approach the GP when I go for an appointment?

No doubt another £100 they want... Theives.

I’m guessing I can just get them to write a letter explaining the above, hopefully, and then attatch that to my letter I’m going to write
 

Stirlin

War Hero
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to approach the GP when I go for an appointment?

No doubt another £100 they want... Theives.

I’m guessing I can just get them to write a letter explaining the above, hopefully, and then attatch that to my letter I’m going to write

Just to humour you as you continue to ask questions to stuff you already know , what is a Theive ?.
 

Traminator

Lantern Swinger
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to approach the GP when I go for an appointment?

Yes.

(Forgetting the "theives" (sic) insult......)

First of all remember that you are dealing with one of our society's most respected members, so be early, be smart and be polite, happy and respectful. Get him or her on your side.

Explain the situation properly. This might be obvious, but as busy as they are, they might just have glossed over the info. It's important that they WANT to take the time to fully understand the situation and it's importance to you. Ask politely if they know what you require, if not point out the entry requirements and that you feel your mild hayfever should not preclude you.

Express how determined you are to make a career in the Royal Navy, explain that the contracted company has rejected you but you require the correct facts presented in order to overturn their decision.

A Doc could easily say "No, hayfever" just as easily as they could say "very mild ex-hayfever sufferer, no problem", you need them to want to say the latter.
 

Phalanx

Midshipman
Yes.

(Forgetting the "theives" (sic) insult......)

First of all remember that you are dealing with one of our society's most respected members, so be early, be smart and be polite, happy and respectful. Get him or her on your side.

Explain the situation properly. This might be obvious, but as busy as they are, they might just have glossed over the info. It's important that they WANT to take the time to fully understand the situation and it's importance to you. Ask politely if they know what you require, if not point out the entry requirements and that you feel your mild hayfever should not preclude you.

Express how determined you are to make a career in the Royal Navy, explain that the contracted company has rejected you but you require the correct facts presented in order to overturn their decision.

A Doc could easily say "No, hayfever" just as easily as they could say "very mild ex-hayfever sufferer, no problem", you need them to want to say the latter.

Thank you! Just a wait until 30th October, as that's their earliest available appointment.
 
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