Medical timescales?

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  1. Cab

    Cab Midshipman

    Just after some advice please.

    My son had his initial medical in April and more info/test results were subsequently sent to Capita in May.
    Following a paper review in mid July it was referred on to a Dr and he was told to expect a decision in approx 6 weeks but has heard nothing since. Afco just say we can only be patient and there is nothing they or he can do to chase it up and they are as frustrated as he is.
    Has anyone else experienced this length of delay? Obviously the worry it has gone missing creeps in after so long and with no updates.

    Thankyou in advance
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2016
  2. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Have a check of the search box (top right) there have been loads of problems with the medical side.
  3. My son had his initial medical at the beginning of Feb this year and finally got the ok from his Afco via capita in July so it is a waiting game, it was awful but worth the wait, he's just waiting for his date for Raleigh....good luck
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The frustration is appreciated.

    It sounds like the medical suitability issue is borderline and that once the requested information was produced, it was forwarded to the Senior Medical Officer (Service Entries) for review.

    Very often there are medical issues which can only be reviewed by a service consultant in the relevant field of expertise and obviously priority is given to those needing specialist treatment rather than those aspiring to join.

    All that said, the Service Entry Medical Cell has recently quadrupled their manpower to four service health professionals and the turn-around times, in my recent experience are considerably faster.

    The problem with a careers adviser pushing an individual case for a speedy resolution is that the quick answer is very often 'no go, job done' as they will nearly always err on the side of caution if pressed in the medical sphere.

    As stated from the outset, the frustration really is appreciated as the careers staff want to move things forward but are pretty much powerless to produce the goods until the healthcare professionals make the decision.

    Best of luck.
  5. Cab

    Cab Midshipman

    Many thanks for all your advice. We shall continue to sit tight in the hope he gets to the top of the pile soon.
    My husband (his dad) is in his 26th year serving and has told him this is all character building and he will probably experience many more character building (aka frustrating) times if he hopefully also has a long RN career.
    I've cracked being a Navy wife over the last 26 years but this Navy Mum malarkey is already far more difficult!
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  6. Cab

    Cab Midshipman

    Update. My son received a letter from his afco today and he's passed his medical nearly 6 months after his original medical. PJFT time now. For anyone in a similar position just keep waiting!
    I could have a husband and son serving together soon.

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