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Brit77

Crow
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.
Woah that’s quick, what was the appeal for? I sent mine of a few weeks ago.


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danielwayne

Clanker
Well, I don't know what a full appeal process consists of, but what I did was this: I explained with more detail what my problem was (which did not match what they thought I had) and I went to a dentist to sort out what could be done. I then sent them a couple of x-rays (before and after) and a letter from my dentist detailing what he did.

Yes, I did this after I received a message. But, if I'm not mistaken, my application was kind of postponed (cancelled, more or less) because the deferral was for more than 9 months.

For some reason they assumed I had braces or needed them urgently or was about to have them placed.
 
Hi, I’ve picked up shin splints, I’ve rested for 2 weeks but still feel pain in my shins, should I return to running on soft surface or carry on resting?
 

Jomell

Crow
Sorry but this is another depression question.
I have just had a message saying my application for the reserves has beenrejected due to 3 episodes of depression on my RGMD form. However only one of these cases is actually a true disgnosis.

The first episode back in 2000 was true depression which needed medication to sort out.

The second episode listed was in 2013, my dad died very suddenly of a massive heart attack and i needed time off work to look after my mum. My employer point blank refused to give me more than 3 days bereavment time so I had no choice but to pull a sicky and get a note from my doctor, they just shoved depression on it as something to write.

The 3rd episode was at the start of 2018 and was actually work related stress and insomnia. I was basically working full time not getting paid, studying a very intesive diploma and getting harassed by my boss. The job was a work placement necessary to complete my vet nursing diploma so I was under a lot of pressure. When I went to see to doctor to get something to help me sleep she refused and gave me antidepressants instead which I had prescribed for 3 months. It seems that as soon as you have a diagnosis of depression on your file the doctors jump on it for every little thing. Sadly I now have a rejected application even though I have not actually suffered from depression in 18 years.

I have sent a letter stating my wish to appeal and outlining the circumstances but I obviously can't see my doctor right now due to COVID-19.
Any suggestions on how to get supporting medical evidence or what my chances of success are?
 

Bekatari

Crow
Hi Guys, I'm new here and I just have a quick question about an appeal.

I had my triage phone call yesterday and after it, had the message in my Army Portal that I was declined due to '2 x prescribed medication for depression/low moods' now when I was on the phone, i mean granted I did say there was 2 occasions, I just said this to be safe as I can't really remember one of them because it was so long ago.

Anyway, I called my GP this morning to which I was told there isn't two occasions on my record, just the 1. He said he will write me a letter to state this to send off with my appeal (the only occasion was last year & only lasted a month) he is also going to put how I was prescribed another month of medication but never collected it as it wasn't needed. Do you think I have a good chance of the decision being overturned?

Also I used to be asthmatic, and I have recently been prescribed asthma pumps as a precaution due to covid-19 due to it attacking the lungs(and also once or twice over the last 5 years or so when there's been a particularly bad flu season) and I spoke to a Major i know who is a recruitment officer and he said if I can also get a note from my GP stating that I am in no way medication reliant and these were just precautionary measures for very obvious reasons, this should be okay? (its worth noting that I did tell them this on the triage call and it wasn't on the reasons of failure in my portal) Also its worth noting that I haven't had an attack in over 15 years and I have never been hospitalised for it. Do you think this will be okay?

Thanks in advance for your replies!
 

S7015642F

Swinger
Hi Guys, I'm new here and I just have a quick question about an appeal.

I had my triage phone call yesterday and after it, had the message in my Army Portal that I was declined due to '2 x prescribed medication for depression/low moods' now when I was on the phone, i mean granted I did say there was 2 occasions, I just said this to be safe as I can't really remember one of them because it was so long ago.

Anyway, I called my GP this morning to which I was told there isn't two occasions on my record, just the 1. He said he will write me a letter to state this to send off with my appeal (the only occasion was last year & only lasted a month) he is also going to put how I was prescribed another month of medication but never collected it as it wasn't needed. Do you think I have a good chance of the decision being overturned?

Also I used to be asthmatic, and I have recently been prescribed asthma pumps as a precaution due to covid-19 due to it attacking the lungs(and also once or twice over the last 5 years or so when there's been a particularly bad flu season) and I spoke to a Major i know who is a recruitment officer and he said if I can also get a note from my GP stating that I am in no way medication reliant and these were just precautionary measures for very obvious reasons, this should be okay? (its worth noting that I did tell them this on the triage call and it wasn't on the reasons of failure in my portal) Also its worth noting that I haven't had an attack in over 15 years and I have never been hospitalised for it. Do you think this will be okay?

Thanks in advance for your replies!
You could also get your medical records printed off from reception to prove this, just ask for subject access request
 

Red Bull

Swinger
Good news today, after 3 months of turmoil I’ve had my second appeal 1b overturned.
Thanks to everyone on here who gave me some brilliant advice and tips.
Im waiting for capita to get back to me after being made TMU and requesting info from my docs for dermatitis. I've never had it bad enough which would be considered severe and it's now inactive and has been since 2016, but there is a single episode of it on my hand from 2016, which was the last time I saw a doc for anything related to skin issues.

Needless to say I'm expecting a PMU because it involved my hands.

Any advice here would be appreciated. Has anyone managed to be successful with the medical with this?

I was a recruit back in 2012 and had zero issues back then. Its a major blow that I would be rejected this time around for one single episode, but it's also pretty clear in the jsp 950 that any involvement of the hands is a straight no...
 
Hi there.
I passed my medical stage and am just waiting on a new date for assessment.
However I have a few warts on my fingers. They dont affect how my fingers work or anything. However I think I'm gonna need to go to my GP cause home treatments arent working. Will this affect my application and cause me to be deferred???
 

Red Bull

Swinger
Hi there.
I passed my medical stage and am just waiting on a new date for assessment.
However I have a few warts on my fingers. They dont affect how my fingers work or anything. However I think I'm gonna need to go to my GP cause home treatments arent working. Will this affect my application and cause me to be deferred???
Hi I'm not sure the exact answer here but if you Google search "JSP 950 UPDATE" and get the latest one (it was updated August 2019) you can have a scan through there regarding warts
 

Joeyy13

Swinger
Hi there.
I passed my medical stage and am just waiting on a new date for assessment.
However I have a few warts on my fingers. They dont affect how my fingers work or anything. However I think I'm gonna need to go to my GP cause home treatments arent working. Will this affect my application and cause me to be deferred???
Hey mate, try the "wartner" stuff from pharmacys or shops.... Honestly I couldn't get rid of 2 that were proper bad I had from when I was in phase 1 and had them for over a year and then someone told me about this stuff... First of all didn't think was working then about a month or 2 later I realised I had forgot about them... Looked and they wasn't there any more... Just a tiny little scar!
This stuff... Freezes and slowly kills it
 
Hey mate, try the "wartner" stuff from pharmacys or shops.... Honestly I couldn't get rid of 2 that were proper bad I had from when I was in phase 1 and had them for over a year and then someone told me about this stuff... First of all didn't think was working then about a month or 2 later I realised I had forgot about them... Looked and they wasn't there any more... Just a tiny little scar!
This stuff... Freezes and slowly kills it
Thank you for this! I went to boots and got some. I have applied it to the warts that I have and hopefully I will see a difference! I guess I just leave them be and hopefully it does the trick!
 

Joeyy13

Swinger
Thank you for this! I went to boots and got some. I have applied it to the warts that I have and hopefully I will see a difference! I guess I just leave them be and hopefully it does the trick!
Awesome, should defo work, not an over night thing but just needs to kill it, I done mine a like 1-2 times a week sometimes, but then when I just left them.. They just went!
So by end of lock down they should be gone .
I don't think it's something to go to the Dr about right now tbh, as all they can do is freeze it off, but they sometimes have a waiting list. And especially right now, may want to avoid having to go to a Dr.
 

Jonno1928

Swinger
Hi guys

I had a C5/6 Anterior cervical decompression fusion surgery in 2014 and was rejected. I have looked in to the standards and have seen a professional spinal specialist who has done a full assesment on me and written and report. I have sent my appeal off. My question is how likely am I to get this upheld if anyone has any experience with this sort of appeal?

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S7015642F

Swinger
Hi guys

I had a C5/6 Anterior cervical decompression fusion surgery in 2014 and was rejected. I have looked in to the standards and have seen a professional spinal specialist who has done a full assesment on me and written and report. I have sent my appeal off. My question is how likely am I to get this upheld if anyone has any experience with this sort of appeal?

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Can’t advise on this but you can check the recent guidelines in JSP 950, just be aware to wait a very LONG time to hear back about medical.


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Currently in the application process to join the army. The Capita recruiter has sent off for my medical records.

I was diagnosed with NDH (prediabetes) around a year ago. My blood sugar level was 5.7. (Wasn’t living the healthiest life). Since then I’ve got it back into a normal range and have had several blood tests since then which prove this.

I’m aware this may show on my medical records and I’m also aware diabetes is a straight no go in the joining process.

Can anyone clarify if this will destroy my chances of joining?
 
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.

Best thing to can do, get a letter from your GP costs around £30 supporting you, get a letter from your manager stating you work with oils and such things, try if you can see a dermatologist, sometimes a GP specialises in skin, write to them! Dont give up! I was rejected for the reserves back in 2018 due to a herniated disc in my back, February I signs my official oath and I'm now a member of the British reserves! 3 appeals and a specialist appointment later. Just get as much supporting information as you can! And fight it !
 

Sky94

Crow
Evening muckas, I hope your all well.

I’m in The process of rejoining after 10 years out after a lower back injury- I’ve been 9 years free of any pain or injury in terms of my back, the forms are with the doctor currently to sign and stamp and send back and then it’s onto selection centre at lichfield all being well. My question is, what’s generally covered in the assessment centre full medical now, How long do they take?

many thanks in advance

M
 

Bobby_Bert

Old-Salt
Evening muckas, I hope your all well.

I’m in The process of rejoining after 10 years out after a lower back injury- I’ve been 9 years free of any pain or injury in terms of my back, the forms are with the doctor currently to sign and stamp and send back and then it’s onto selection centre at lichfield all being well. My question is, what’s generally covered in the assessment centre full medical now, How long do they take?

many thanks in advance

M
Measure pulse, blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference, BMI calculation, urinalysis.

Eye tests:
1. Corrected/uncorrected distance chart
2. Colour vision assessment

Audiometry test: Cubical, headphones, clicker, low /high frequencies.

ECG- Heart trace.

Doctor consultation:
Medical questionnaire and medical history review
Urine dip reviewed
Upper & lower Function Test- check range of limb movements etc
Respiratory tests- blow test, listening to breathing via stethoscope.
 

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