Question for any recruitment medical personnel.

My son passed entrance exams a year ago they even wanted him to go for a Commission however he wants to be a Medical Assistant Submarinar. He want for his medical and it seems one of his testicals is slightly swollen and they wanted his GP to refer for tests prior to testing. He went for a scan and it is only some fluid he has not pain never had pain or problems. Hospital and GP said it sould not stop him joining and there is no need for treatment. However the Navy Medical doctor is refusing to accept it unless he gets an operation to remove the fluid. This has been going on for some time now. GP written to Navy etc. However despite all this my son has now had an withdrawal letter to his original offer and he is devastated. His GP said no need for treatment Navy should take him and Navy doctor will not. Any advise appreciated or what we can do now.

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One of the contributors to the forum is a qualified serving RN Doctor; he's always good on this sort of question.

Hopefully, he will check in at some point over the weekend and leave an answer for you.



Bit of an awkward one, to be honest. It sounds like your son has a thing called a hydrocoele - a collection of fluid surrounding the testis. It is completely innocent, and nothing to worry about. In itself, it should not prevent entry. I think there have been some crossed wires along the way in your son's case.

Did the GP refer simply for an ultrasound scan, or has your son been seen by a urologist? The RN will require specialist opinion (ie a urologist) that states an operation is not required. We won't take the GP's (or radiologist's) word for it. If this hasn't happened, then your GP should be able to refer your son to urology in your local hospital to make the decision. An operation is possible, but we don't necessarily require it unless the specialist says so.

As an aside, civilian doctors have no knowledge whatsoever of Service medical standards, and their opinion on suitability for service is worth less than the bit of chewing gum stuck on the bottom of your shoe. We need the urologist to say an operation is not required, then we will make a decision based on the medical standards for entry.

I'm sorry that events have panned out this way, and that it has obviously caused worry. As long as you have a copy of a letter from a urologist, there shouldn't be any problem.

Let me know if you need further help.

Thanks angry doc. He is going to go back to his GP and insist for a referral to a Consultant even though the GP does not think it necessary.


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To follow on from angrydoc, whilst not a doc myself, it's a fairly common occurrence for a GP to state that in their opinion a random condition should not prevent entry into the Armed Forces.

Whilst all doctors can trump my CSE in woodwork, it is indeed the case that the vast majority of civilian doctors are not fully aware of the reasons behind the medical standards for entry or indeed the actual medical standards decreed due to the rigours of recruit training & beyond.

Best of luck to your son, let's hope all works out as both he & you would wish.

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