Sent home from Raleigh

#1
Hello,

Im looking for a bit if help with my medical appeal. Over 4 months ago I was sent home from HMS Raleigh because they did not have enough information about an outer infection I had. The doctors who did my original medical didn't ask my doctors for my medical history, so they had to send me home. A few days later later I went to my doctors who wrote me a very lenghty letter about my ear infection explaining that it was temporary and would have cleared up in a few weeks. I handed my appeal in 3 and a half months ago now, and still haven't heard anything from Capita. Ive been keeping in touch with my AFCO who keeps telling me to be patient. Is there any thing else I can do?
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#2
Hmmn, makes me wonder why your medical records weren't screened in advance of your arrival at HMS Raleigh.

Not good. I feel your pain.

Generally an appeal submitted via your AFCO and forwarded to the Service Entry Medical Cell (SEMC) for review is turned around in under 4 weeks unless there are significantly complex issues which must go before a service consultant specialist in the relevant field before a definitive response can be given.

If 3.5 months have elapsed since your appeal was submitted, even allowing for the new recruiting system hiccups and Christmas Leave, I'd be inclined to submit a follow-up letter to the Area Recruiting Manager at your local AFCO briefly outlining your circumstances to politely request an update on progress.

Murphy's Law dictates your letter will land on my desk :)

Either way, let's hope we can get it cracked for you.
 

Levers_Aligned

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#3
Crapita. So good with recruiting.

Makes me wonder somewhat if we changed 'providers' (or just got the AFCOs back to what they were, run by AF staff) we'd have our recruiting problems solved in a brushstroke.

There was a called on LBC the other day who'd had to re-ring Crapita several times about his application to join and was met with the same laconic answer of, "Oh, we thought you'd lost interest." What a dismal shower of incompetents.

Keep badgering the shits. Good luck. Believe me, the RN needs you, whether you get over the third-party contractor wall or not.

levers
 
#4
Thank you for your replies!

When I was being sent home I did ask why they didn't pick up the error on my medical forms. The navy doctor just apologised and agreed that it shouldn't have happened. He said he sent an email to someone complaining for me. I was also told the civilian doctor who did my original medical no longer does medicals for the navy, not sure if its related to similar issues as mine.

I was thinking that it was taking a long time to hear back - I feel like I'm pestering my AFCO by calling him every few weeks for an update.

I will email my area recruiting manager like you said. Hopefully my AFCO won't see it as me going over his head and be annoyed.

Thanks again. I really appreciate your advice!!
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#5
Thank you for your replies!

When I was being sent home I did ask why they didn't pick up the error on my medical forms. The navy doctor just apologised and agreed that it shouldn't have happened. He said he sent an email to someone complaining for me. I was also told the civilian doctor who did my original medical no longer does medicals for the navy, not sure if its related to similar issues as mine.

I was thinking that it was taking a long time to hear back - I feel like I'm pestering my AFCO by calling him every few weeks for an update.

I will email my area recruiting manager like you said. Hopefully my AFCO won't see it as me going over his head and be annoyed.

Thanks again. I really appreciate your advice!!
I'd be inclined to send a letter addressed to the area recruiting manager rather than email. Your call, but letters tend to be better.

The med docs should still have been checked before your arrival at HMS Raleigh, regardless of who conducted your medical. That's why they are sent to Raleigh several weeks before your start date.
 
#7
I'd be inclined to send a letter addressed to the area recruiting manager rather than email. Your call, but letters tend to be better.

The med docs should still have been checked before your arrival at HMS Raleigh, regardless of who conducted your medical. That's why they are sent to Raleigh several weeks before your start date.
@Ninja_Stoker , can you still be medically failed even after your AFCO Medical by HMS Raleigh?
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#8
@Ninja_Stoker , can you still be medically failed even after your AFCO Medical by HMS Raleigh?
Yes. There's a 56 day rule which is in your contract of employment which means any pre-existing medical condition, declared or otherwise, which comes to light within 8 weeks of joining can result in medical discharge.

Most common cause is people trying to hide issues they know would bar them from entry but, as we all know, mistakes can be made by doctors prior to entry - they are only human.
 

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