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SweetFA

Crow
Rejoiner here, anyone know if there is a time limit on the Level 1a RGMD appeals process? Nothing on the letter about it but it's been just under a year since I got the rejection letter and have been with different GPs in that time so it's been incredibly slow to get any assistance from them regarding it.
 

S7015642F

Swinger
Rejoiner here, anyone know if there is a time limit on the Level 1a RGMD appeals process? Nothing on the letter about it but it's been just under a year since I got the rejection letter and have been with different GPs in that time so it's been incredibly slow to get any assistance from them regarding it.
I’ve been waiting on mine since mid November and still no answer....

After I submitted mine it took the appeal team 4 weeks to tell me that they were referring my case to an occupational physician. This was before Christmas leave and was lucky to be told about this from business assurance who emailed me. After I was originally rejected in February 2019 I no longer had a csm. Which I put a complaint in and now have them following my case.

End of January 2020 they told me they want additional evidence. I’ve submitted that within a couple of days which I am now waiting on further four weeks for them to relook at it. It had taken a week of it being posted to be passed through the camp if posted through first class. Not tracked. Luckily with this wait I know my outcome will be positive with evidence that they’ve asked for.

I was rejected for sciatica and 2 episodes of anxiety. Within first four weeks of my appeal the sciatica has been uplifted as no diagnosis was on my medical records. To prove this is submitted my full primary health care records. I didn’t pay for anything as I was given a letter from business assurance to send to my gp.

In terms of 2 episodes of anxiety, since my rejection I contested over these entries made in adolescences and requested them to be altered. This took me from February 2019 till October 2019 till an agreement was made with my gp. Also reason my case was referred to occupational physician. In terms of further evidence I had to submit 3 character references, from employers or education, which a template was given containing 10 questions needed to be answered. I am now just waiting to hear back about it. If it looks okay (which sure can’t go wrong with them) my appeal will be uplifted. I’m hoping to find out next week.

My advice it could be between 4-6 weeks with an outcome or for them to tell you that you need additional information or that it’s being referred so make sure you have all the evidence there.

If you submit your appeal to glencorse they’re having slow issues with their admin as when the medical team have an outcome it takes them between 8-12 days to write up your letter and send it to you on your portal.
 

Joeyy13

Swinger
I’ve been waiting on mine since mid November and still no answer....

After I submitted mine it took the appeal team 4 weeks to tell me that they were referring my case to an occupational physician. This was before Christmas leave and was lucky to be told about this from business assurance who emailed me. After I was originally rejected in February 2019 I no longer had a csm. Which I put a complaint in and now have them following my case.

End of January 2020 they told me they want additional evidence. I’ve submitted that within a couple of days which I am now waiting on further four weeks for them to relook at it. It had taken a week of it being posted to be passed through the camp if posted through first class. Not tracked. Luckily with this wait I know my outcome will be positive with evidence that they’ve asked for.

I was rejected for sciatica and 2 episodes of anxiety. Within first four weeks of my appeal the sciatica has been uplifted as no diagnosis was on my medical records. To prove this is submitted my full primary health care records. I didn’t pay for anything as I was given a letter from business assurance to send to my gp.

In terms of 2 episodes of anxiety, since my rejection I contested over these entries made in adolescences and requested them to be altered. This took me from February 2019 till October 2019 till an agreement was made with my gp. Also reason my case was referred to occupational physician. In terms of further evidence I had to submit 3 character references, from employers or education, which a template was given containing 10 questions needed to be answered. I am now just waiting to hear back about it. If it looks okay (which sure can’t go wrong with them) my appeal will be uplifted. I’m hoping to find out next week.

My advice it could be between 4-6 weeks with an outcome or for them to tell you that you need additional information or that it’s being referred so make sure you have all the evidence there.

If you submit your appeal to glencorse they’re having slow issues with their admin as when the medical team have an outcome it takes them between 8-12 days to write up your letter and send it to you on your portal.
I'm currently waiting on my apeal desision to come back which was recieved by the meds team on 18th December, I was given a number which I was told that a normal apeal takes anywere from 2-6months and they are currently on a 2 month back log as they had 5 weeks off over Christmas and then the receptionists are working on a 2 week back log. I found this out about 3 weeks ago, so bevause of covid 19 I emagine we are going to be looking at longer depending if Drs are having to self isolate/ or a lock down happends.

Either way you could be waiting a few months to hear back, we just have to hang tight and wait! There's nothing you or I or anyone can do to hurry the process, just don't give up! And if this is the career you really want, you won't!
Good luck mate
 

S7015642F

Swinger
I'm currently waiting on my apeal desision to come back which was recieved by the meds team on 18th December, I was given a number which I was told that a normal apeal takes anywere from 2-6months and they are currently on a 2 month back log as they had 5 weeks off over Christmas and then the receptionists are working on a 2 week back log. I found this out about 3 weeks ago, so bevause of covid 19 I emagine we are going to be looking at longer depending if Drs are having to self isolate/ or a lock down happends.

Either way you could be waiting a few months to hear back, we just have to hang tight and wait! There's nothing you or I or anyone can do to hurry the process, just don't give up! And if this is the career you really want, you won't!
Good luck mate
You too mate let me know how it turns out if you ever hear anything


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Joeyy13

Swinger
You too mate let me know how it turns out if you ever hear anything


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Thank you, I will and you, I have just read that all recruitment assessments and start dates have basically been put on hold and all Career offices are closed till further notice, but they are still recruiting and accepting people so hopefully it shouldn't slow our appeals down, but probably will in some way , I'm so impatient, every week I'm like ooo this could be the week just over 3 months later... Not been my week yet lol.

Also the Drs only work Wednesdays and Thursdays!
 
Hi guys
I have my medical in a few days, and was wondering if anyone knew whether keratosis pilaris is a disqualifying factor?
Any help would be appreciated, thankyou
 
Hi there,
I'm sorry to start a new thread for this question:
I'm really interested in enlisting, but have a history of mental health problems (depression and anxiety). I was on medication for over two years (thus disqualifying me from the army on medical grounds). However, on the official army website it states that you cannot have had 'more than two episodes of depression (or anxiety) that have required treatment'- I only had one episode over a sustained period of time. I have been off all medication for over 7 months (and plan to wait until I have been off for at least another year/ year and a half to try and re-apply) and am showing no previous symptoms of any mental health conditions. I would be able to get a letter from my previous psychiatrist and psychologist who would both back this. Is there any possibility that I may be able to get a waiver and be able to apply after all? And if so, what is the likelihood of that?
Any advice/ help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Ello,
Recently passed my AOSB briefing and have got my main board in September (if this bastard of a virus fucks off by then) and then more than likely would aim to go to Sandhurst the following September (2021). Aiming to join the Paras, only issue is I've got a mild case of pectus excavatum, basically my rib cage is slightly indented and its pushing on my lungs and heart meaning I struggle with long distance running. Sprinting, hiking with heavy bergens, playing football etc. are no problem, just running for anything over a few km and anything uphill is a real bastard and right now there is no chance of me passing P company. So I'm in a bit of a dilemma, I'm going for some lung function tests soonish with the NHS and I'm going to push them to try and offer me surgery which would reshape my chest but would mean I'd have to have a metal bar in my chest for the next 2 years but it would alleviate the pressure on my heart/lungs which would allow me to sort my running out. I've already passed a medical in my current state so I could make it to Sandhurst as I am currently without the surgery but I'd probably struggle with the running when there and would probably have to settle for a non-Para infantry reg. Just need some advice on whether I should have the surgery or not, does anyone know if the metal bar would be an automatic ban, even if I could pass all the phys? Or would I have to wait until the bar was removed, which wouldnt be the end of the world as I could just do a masters at uni to pass an extra year. Do they even do any more medical screenings after main board, I could just have the surgery and hope they don't bother looking? Any input would be great as this is really ******* me off not knowing what to do.
Ta.
 

izzyw

Swinger
I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I was rejected on medical triage because I had eczema when I was younger had occlusive dressing and specialist treatment. Have been clear for about 7 years. The last prescription was in 2015 for a moisturiser. I appealed and got rejected. The JSP 950 says that I can’t join because you touch oils and detergents but I work in fast food and touch those everyday. I wrote this I’m my letter. I want to appeal again but not sure what else to say to them as I don’t have any symptoms and I don’t have anymore problems with my skin, was wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and passed their second appeal.
 

S7015642F

Swinger
Hi there,
I'm sorry to start a new thread for this question:
I'm really interested in enlisting, but have a history of mental health problems (depression and anxiety). I was on medication for over two years (thus disqualifying me from the army on medical grounds). However, on the official army website it states that you cannot have had 'more than two episodes of depression (or anxiety) that have required treatment'- I only had one episode over a sustained period of time. I have been off all medication for over 7 months (and plan to wait until I have been off for at least another year/ year and a half to try and re-apply) and am showing no previous symptoms of any mental health conditions. I would be able to get a letter from my previous psychiatrist and psychologist who would both back this. Is there any possibility that I may be able to get a waiver and be able to apply after all? And if so, what is the likelihood of that?
Any advice/ help would be greatly appreciated!
Private message me if you like
 
Anybody else have trouble getting their medical records, I've been waiting since october for mine to be sorted, I'm assuming they've been lost and my GP doesnt seem too bothered with figuring out where they are gone as they were lost on the way to them from the health authority that was holding them, I'm only missing the last 6 years of my records but my GP refuses to sign anything even though I've only been doctor once in those six years, dont really know what to do, they keep telling me to wait but everybody I've talked to has said it shouldn't take more than 2 months, it's been 7 months now and literally nothing has changed since the first couple months. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
 

S7015642F

Swinger
Anybody else have trouble getting their medical records, I've been waiting since october for mine to be sorted, I'm assuming they've been lost and my GP doesnt seem too bothered with figuring out where they are gone as they were lost on the way to them from the health authority that was holding them, I'm only missing the last 6 years of my records but my GP refuses to sign anything even though I've only been doctor once in those six years, dont really know what to do, they keep telling me to wait but everybody I've talked to has said it shouldn't take more than 2 months, it's been 7 months now and literally nothing has changed since the first couple months. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Why don’t you go to your receptionist and ask for subject access request? That way you can get your receptionist to print off your full medical records and don’t need doctor to intervene. Then you can send them to the army.
 

kw159

Crow
Hi

Been to selection a month ago, Got a conditional pass due to having vitamin D deficiency 3 years ago. The doctor asked me to do another blood test and send the results in.

Fast forward a bit, Had the blood test and it’s come back below average but not deficient anymore. I’ve got a doctors note explaining that I work indoors all week so I’ll naturally have less vitamin D than most people and that joining the army will sort my vitamin D out anyway. All my medical evidence has now been sent off.

What are the chances of them accepting my ‘below average’ vitamin D levels despite them not being deficient and how long does it usually take to get a response.

Cheers.
 
Why don’t you go to your receptionist and ask for subject access request? That way you can get your receptionist to print off your full medical records and don’t need doctor to intervene. Then you can send them to the army.
They told me they've requested them from PCSE(who were holding them after my previous GP unregistered me for no reason), ice spoken to PCSE and they say they've sent them and cant tell me anything else without going through my GP for security reasons. Whereas my GP doesnt seem very bothered with contacting them to help find them, stupid situation where I cant view my records because I'm registered with a GP and my GP doesnt have my records
 

Lidge

Crow
Hello,

Ive kicked off an application for the reserves and have just received my med form for the GP to fill in (will be delayed with CV19).
I have some questions, which i have attempted to search for but some of the answers are over 10+yrs old so i wanted to check my understanding.

1) Firstly, i have had some knee issues/injury investigated feb 2016-dec 2018. Mostly this is because i play a lot of netball and its a tough game for knees - and i sprained my MCL in jan 18. Nothing that needed operations though. But because of pain at the time I had my knees xrayed and i had a blood test for arthritis, and they came back clear. I then had a physio examine me at the end of 2018, and she said the issue i had was hypermobility, and gave me some exercises to do. Ive not got problems now since doing exercises. Now i found a decade old thread saying that someone had this diagnosed during examination and was still allowed to progress, but I am concerned that a series of GP visits over this time may mean I get rejected? Ive read a lot of comments suggesting they dont like knee problem history so im a little worried.

2) Also i have scalp psoriasis at base of hair line but I’ve only ever had topical creams to treat it (last time 2017). It really doesn’t bother me at all - in fact I get my hair dyed and have hair bleach put directly on it every 6 weeks and don’t batter an eye lid. But I’m not entirely sure how big the coverage area is (back of the head under hair so hard to tell!) so concerned that if it is over 5% that it will be a flat no even though it doesn’t bother?

3) i never had the second MMR, as after having the first one as a baby i became unwell and the dr at the time advised not to have the second. I’ve never had an issue with other vaccinations and had all the standard ones. So will they insist i now have the MMR booster, and deny entry without?

Finally, is there a limit to how many ‘allowable’ conditions you can have before you get rated unfit?

thanks in advance for any help and advice you can give.
 

Res09

Crow
Got my application cut off because of:

PSYCHIATRY PRE-ENTRY ANNEX L
4L.22

Other Anxiety Disorders

Candidates with two or more episodes of anxiety or with a longstanding history of panic or generalised anxiety disorder are graded UNFIT
Documented from age of 4 to 2018

What sort of new medical information can I provide to appeal this? I've never taken any medication or had any sort of attack. I also had a potential allergy to strawberries but I've since had that struck from the record. 2017-18 I had an autism spectrum disorder analysis which wasn't completed. Since then I've spoke to my recruiter but they said they can't discuss it because they're not medically qualified. Can't find much info on how the appeal process for something like this works. Hope you guys can help, thanks in advance.
 
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Hollz2412

Swinger
Hey everyone,
I recently appealed a medical rejection and have got it back and it has been successful for the original issue. They now have offered me a resubmit of extra information from a specialist based off other another condition. Due to this pandemic my doctors won’t refer me to the specialist right now. Anyone know how successful these usually are and if there’s a time limit. Thanks.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
Hey everyone,
I recently appealed a medical rejection and have got it back and it has been successful for the original issue. They now have offered me a resubmit of extra information from a specialist based off other another condition. Due to this pandemic my doctors won’t refer me to the specialist right now. Anyone know how successful these usually are and if there’s a time limit. Thanks.
If the specialist is a real doctor, the success of the appeal would probably depend on how much you suffer from "another condition."
 

Hollz2412

Swinger
If the specialist is a real doctor, the success of the appeal would probably depend on how much you suffer from "another condition."
Yeah it’s a urologist that I have to go see to check my renal function after suffering as a kid but haven’t for many years. I submitted a blood taste saying I was fine but they want a couple of other tests to support this and an opinion of long term prognosis.
 

danielwayne

Clanker
Still waiting for the sickle cell blood test.

Regarding medical appeals, mine was positively answered in three days.
I guess the information I supplied and the letter I wrote must have been deemed extremely convincing. I for one was flabbergasted at the speed. I was anticipating never less than 3 weeks.
 

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