Pre Entry Medical For Ex RN

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by shinson, Feb 25, 2016.

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  1. Hi All,

    Ok, so, at 30 I have decided enough is enough and its time to get myself a career (the one I should have had before stupidly leaving the service over 10 years ago...) and I have just submitted my application.

    So, I have noticed alot has changed since I was in and I have a few questions to throw about, as I have asked at my AFCO, however if I am honest they seemed to be unsure.

    So, quite a few years ago I developed a condition on my hands where random patches would dry up, break, crack etc but then heal. This is very intermittent and for the last 6 years I have needed no medical prescriptions etc at all. Due to upping my training, I have started working out at a local Crossfit place, and I have noticed, since alot of the work is weightlifting the condition has slowly began again, and at the nagging of the wife I went to see a Dr who told me a I have a very very mild case of dermatitis. She prescribed me some Steriod cream which I use only if I have to and told me to keep away from things like 'branded soaps and shower gels like lynx etc'

    I also ride a motorcycle in often cold weather, and ride all year round so rain etc doesn't bother me. I wear a summer type glove so my hands are fairly exposed to the weather (simply because they dry quicker in the office for my journey home)

    Anyway....the reason I am rambling on about this.....basically I tend not to use the treatment as over the years I have self managed this myself. It doesnt stop me doing my job, working out, or any other physical activity.

    Is this a case of pleading my case to the medical team when I attend my medical, being open and honest with them and hoping they see that it doesnt affect me in any shape or form, and also it hasnt spread to anywhere else???

    (that was a long winded one - apologies)

    Secondly....Am I correct in reading that your BMI must be 28 or under??

    Should maybes have mentioned I was an AEM previously so working.

    Anyway thank you for taking the time to read this, and I am open to advice. I understand you can see the hand thing, and its hard to describe, but any advice from anyone who has had a similar issue would be appreciated.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Ongoing skin conditions visible at the time of the medical are likely to be a significant issue unfortunately, particularly as an AE working with synthetic, corrosive oils & greases. Steroidal treatments themselves are likely to be an issue, particularly if prescribed recently or repeatedly.

    BMI is 25 max, exceptionally 28.

    Just to add, definitive advice can only be given by the Medical Examiner - careers staff, such as myself cannot give qualified advice in this area.

    Best of luck.
  3. Thank you! Yeah I got my cream last month however very rarely use it and have had none prescribed previously to last months for literally years.

    The roles I have mentioned to the AFCO are Writer and Mine Warfare Specialist as I am now (regrettably) too old for my old job :(

    Ah ok, so work on a BMI if 25 and under, thanks for that.

    I have a feeling it will be a case of making sure I have no dry skin on the day, mentioning it the Drs and explain my case and what I have been doing etc and hope the can see that it doesnt hinder me in anyway at all.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    AET max age is 34 by the way.

    If you are a muscle bosun, a bmi of 28 may well be OK.

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