All medical chat and queries in here. Please don't start a new one for every single medical question.

The_Duke

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Moderator
#1
A new thread to allow potential recruits to raise medical questions. The old one has become very unwieldy and is now locked.

Points to note:

Recruits/potential recruits:

1. No-one on here has access to your full medical records, so advice is likely to be general at best, and at worst wild guesswork.

2. Look at the detail in the JSP 950 thread Medical info on recruiting - JSP 950 replaces JSP 346 | Army Rumour Service before asking whether your particular medical issue will be a problem.

3. The recruiting offices appear to be full of people who only have an inhaler because their Mum asked for one for "mummy's little soldier". The same goes for applicants who were not really depressed or suffering from Asperger's, it was just that the doctor was confused and got it all wrong. They all get treated according to what their medical records say, not what Mummy says or what you think it should say.

4. Don't put personal details on here. Not a good idea.

5. If your application is rejected and you are told you can appeal, guess what you should do? Yup, appeal. Follow the process and try to provide new information to support your case. The Mrs Doyle approach isn't the best plan.

6. Most importantly - use the search function and read back over the thread before you post the 27th enquiry that week about how long you have to be inhaler free following childhood asthma.

Other site members: This is not the NAAFI. It is a (relatively) safe space for potential recruits to raise medical questions. If your post is not accurate, current and helpful then it doesn't belong here. Points will rapidly follow for anyone not able to understand this simple instruction.
 
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#2
Been reading the forums on here for a while now and have gotten some good information on the recruitment process. Currently working on my fitness before applying and also have a medical question.

It says in the JSP 346 that;
'Candidates with a history of a prolonged period of back pain (greater than 6 weeks) or three or more episodes of back pain in the last 12 months should be graded P8.'

When I was younger I had one period of back pain caused by using the incorrect method to lift a heavy object (was only a daft kid) and caused me a bout of pain in my back, which I seen the gp for. If I remember correctly I seen him twice (first time he only gave me painkillers) second time he referred me to a physio, which she signed me off after 2 or so sessions. I cannot remember the exact time scale as it was 6-7 years ago and have had no issues since with my back.

Would this episode put me as P8? I have worked construction and delivery jobs lifting heavy day in day out since then, and can easily carry weight on my back hillwalking etc, so would be a bit of a blow if I never got by this medical for one single episode of back pain.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#3
It was 6 or 7 years ago, so outside of the 12 month window quoted. That only leaves the issue of whether it was "prolonged". If it was greater than 6 weeks, it might be an issue. If it was less than 6 weeks, it shouldn't.

The only way to find out is to apply and see what they say.
 
#4
I've searched for answers but nothing has really helped my thoughts. I would of posted this on the medical thread but it's locked. I made a seperatly post and just found this thread.

After chatting to a few people currently in the forces they tell me a mix of answers more pointed towards NO.

I'm in the middle of joining and awaiting for them to check my medical records and for me to complete an in depth medical questionnaire I believe...

Here are a list of issues people believe could bar me entry/ I'm worried about . What do you think etc?

I'm in my late twenties. I see all this as bumps and scratches personally. I am in the gym 5 times a week doing circuit training aswell.

1 year ago told I had Plantar Faciitis in my foot. I had Physio it didn't really get better but I did declined steroid injections and with stretching and sorting it out myself I do not have any problems with it what so ever.... I'm worried this could stop me or?

A couple years ago i was struck on my knee. I went to the doctors as it twinged a bit but I did go a few times over a period saying it was causing a bit of pain. I saw a knee specialist and they said it's just a bit inflamed and there is nothing wrong and the pain will go away.... Which it has. This is another worry.

I have also seen another bit about depression. A few years ago I needed help as I was lowest of the low and went to the doctors who said I was depressed nothing was happening so I contacted them again. I declined taking time off work and refused drugs, although they did give me a prescription but I never used it. I didn't return again and I saw to get councilling but it never happened I just changed my lifestyle and I'm all good and positive I just see it as a bit of a hump I was down I got on with it and I'm all good. Will they see this differently?

Last issue I know they'll have a problem with is my arm. Broke it in Beginning of the year had surgery and a metal plate with screws put on the ulna. Not on the joint and fracture clinic cleared me and the physio who was a specialist in that field said there is absolutely nothing wrong with my arm and it's better than my other!

My heart is set on the military and I understand I can appeal up to three times or so. It's all that's on my mind and just worrying is all. If anyone can put my head at ease or let me know what's up it would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
 

jarrod248

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Gallery Guru
#5
I've searched for answers but nothing has really helped my thoughts. I would of posted this on the medical thread but it's locked. I made a seperatly post and just found this thread.

After chatting to a few people currently in the forces they tell me a mix of answers more pointed towards NO.

I'm in the middle of joining and awaiting for them to check my medical records and for me to complete an in depth medical questionnaire I believe...

Here are a list of issues people believe could bar me entry/ I'm worried about . What do you think etc?

I'm in my late twenties. I see all this as bumps and scratches personally. I am in the gym 5 times a week doing circuit training aswell.

1 year ago told I had Plantar Faciitis in my foot. I had Physio it didn't really get better but I did declined steroid injections and with stretching and sorting it out myself I do not have any problems with it what so ever.... I'm worried this could stop me or?

A couple years ago i was struck on my knee. I went to the doctors as it twinged a bit but I did go a few times over a period saying it was causing a bit of pain. I saw a knee specialist and they said it's just a bit inflamed and there is nothing wrong and the pain will go away.... Which it has. This is another worry.

I have also seen another bit about depression. A few years ago I needed help as I was lowest of the low and went to the doctors who said I was depressed nothing was happening so I contacted them again. I declined taking time off work and refused drugs, although they did give me a prescription but I never used it. I didn't return again and I saw to get councilling but it never happened I just changed my lifestyle and I'm all good and positive I just see it as a bit of a hump I was down I got on with it and I'm all good. Will they see this differently?

Last issue I know they'll have a problem with is my arm. Broke it in Beginning of the year had surgery and a metal plate with screws put on the ulna. Not on the joint and fracture clinic cleared me and the physio who was a specialist in that field said there is absolutely nothing wrong with my arm and it's better than my other!

My heart is set on the military and I understand I can appeal up to three times or so. It's all that's on my mind and just worrying is all. If anyone can put my head at ease or let me know what's up it would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
See the link in the first post.
 
#6
Cheers. I had a read through and found relevant stuff to me. Can you explain what does

L2 grading mean
And
L8 grading mean

Please, thank you
 
#7
Cheers. I had a read through and found relevant stuff to me. Can you explain what does

L2 grading mean
And
L8 grading mean

Please, thank you

Fit

not fit
 
#9
Long time viewer first time poster. Currently in the process of joining and waiting on medical clearance to go further which seems to be taking forever and a day. I had an operation on each of my knees around six years ago due to torn cartilage. No problems in the last two years after find out was caused by flat feet now corrected. Does anyone know if this is going to be a no go. Have no problems with running or walking long distance.
 
#10
Long time viewer first time poster. Currently in the process of joining and waiting on medical clearance to go further which seems to be taking forever and a day. I had an operation on each of my knees around six years ago due to torn cartilage. No problems in the last two years after find out was caused by flat feet now corrected. Does anyone know if this is going to be a no go. Have no problems with running or walking long distance.
Have you checked the link in the first post?
 
#11
I tried to open the links wouldn't work on the next page so not sure if it said anything in them. I did read that after operations for knee injurys it said a year untill class as fit to join as with breakages but seeing as they have been reviewing extra information from my docs for the last three weeks so I'm not sure what to think and the not knowing is killing me so just wondered if anyone else has had similar problems in the past before joining.
 
#12
Hi guys,

I've got a fixed retainer on my bottom jaw, it's a small wire covering about four of my bottom teeth, and it's not visible. I've looked at the medical JSP950 but there's nothing on dental requirements. Is this an issue for getting in?
 
#13
Hi all

Did anyone's Gp request payment before they completed the RGMD forms ?. Been 9 days sine I handed them in

Just seems to be an extra delay really want to get to ASDC
 
#15
Hi all

Did anyone's Gp request payment before they completed the RGMD forms ?. Been 9 days sine I handed them in

Just seems to be an extra delay really want to get to ASDC
at my GP they told me(only after I hounded them for 2 weeks), that they wouldn't fill the form in, until the Army had paid them in advance.

I informed them that the army would definitely pay them once they've sent the form, obviously, and they didn't give me a real answer.

All I know is it took over 4 weeks from me taking the forms to the GP, for the army to tell me they'd received my documents from the GP.

All you can do is harass them and find out what's going on, they're useless.
 

jarrod248

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Gallery Guru
#16
Don't harass your GP, they've lots of other work to do such as looking after sick people. These forms aren't part of NHS work.
Be polite, be respectful it gets you a long way in many things.
 
#17
Don't harass your GP, they've lots of other work to do such as looking after sick people. These forms aren't part of NHS work.
Be polite, be respectful it gets you a long way in many things.
That's all fine in la la land but in reality, you need to call them multiple times, they're very disorganised and unless you remind them, you'll often be left at the bottom of a pile, just because it isn't deemed life threatening. Hurray for free health care.
 

jarrod248

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Gallery Guru
#18
That's all fine in la la land but in reality, you need to call them multiple times, they're very disorganised and unless you remind them, you'll often be left at the bottom of a pile, just because it isn't deemed life threatening. Hurray for free health care.
Other things are more important so sorry, you have to wait, they don't have to do them at all. As I said be polite, be respectful. Other things are life threatening so calm down and wait. The NHS isn't free it's paid for through taxation.
 
#19
That's all fine in la la land but in reality, you need to call them multiple times, they're very disorganised and unless you remind them, you'll often be left at the bottom of a pile, just because it isn't deemed life threatening. Hurray for free health care.
You realise that the speed with which your demand is met is inversely proportional to the number and tone of phone calls made?
Well it was in all of my practices anyway
 
#20
Other things are more important so sorry, you have to wait, they don't have to do them at all. As I said be polite, be respectful. Other things are life threatening so calm down and wait. The NHS isn't free it's paid for through taxation.
Wrong, on two counts. The Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 places a legal obligation on medical professionals to provide the information within 21 days, and also makes provision for them to be paid for doing so. What's worse is that you know this already.
 
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