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

If you’ve sent the forms to your GP then it depends when they get to the Army. They then say it can be 3-4 weeks form that point. Personally, I would call your GP once a week to make sure they are sending them off.
Do I actually need to speak to my GP or can I speak to the receptionist about it?


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Do I actually need to speak to my GP or can I speak to the receptionist about it?


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You could let them get on with their jobs, constantly phoning them isn't going to speed things up. Oddly you may find things go slower...
 

CYC

Crow
can someone pls tell me if tinnitus stops you from joining the military for example the paras. I have no hearing loss and the tinnitus only really affects me when I am in a really quite room.
 

DocSavage

Clanker
Hi all, I was wondering if you could help. I have applied for the Army as an Avionics tech, right now I am waiting for the Army to access my medical records from my doctor but I am worried that I am going to be rejected for the following. Could I have your opinions please, I want to have an idea or I will pass or fail.

- Vitamin D and Folic Acid deficiency 4 years ago, haven’t required tablets over 3 years

- 5 surgeries for an ingrown hair over 2 years ago, been discharged and have no ongoing issues.

- 2 years ago prescribed the smallest dose of antidepressants but then discharged as the GP believed I have never needed them (I was not diagnosed with depression).

Thanks
Vit d deficiency is very common and should not be an issue if treated.

Ingrown hair? 5 operation a implies a long standing problem. Depending on where it was it may be a complete bar.
Also in this country we perform operations not "surgeries" - minor pedantic point

As to the antidepressants, many examples are quoted where they were not apparently needed. However they were prescribed and are in your record, that is what will be assessed. The smallest dose is a bit like being a little bit pregnant. It is a yes/no question - were you prescribed the drugs? if a one off and 2 yrs ago you may be ok. Depends on exactly what is written in your medical records
 

Crow22

Crow
Hi guys,

I was planning to join the reserves, and was awaiting selection dates, but due to Coronavirus changing things with work I've decided to take the plunge and go for the regulars. On my medical triage (for reserves) I got deferred due to dislocating my knee last September, however on receipt of my medical from from the doctor everything was ok. I've been told today that the medical process is different for the regulars, and I'm likely to be deferred again due to it.

Long story short, has anyone had experience applying with a one off knee dislocation and should I be concerned?

Appreciate any feedback other may have.

Crow22
 

DocSavage

Clanker
A knee dislocation is a very serious injury usually resulting in multiple ligament ruptures and is often life changing. I would not expect anyone to serve after a knee dislocation

Do you mean a dislocation of your kneecap - this is more common but if repeated makes you unfit. Usually you need 12 months of having no symptoms after a single injury. It really depends on exactly what was injured and what your records say
 

Crow22

Crow
A knee dislocation is a very serious injury usually resulting in multiple ligament ruptures and is often life changing. I would not expect anyone to serve after a knee dislocation

Do you mean a dislocation of your kneecap - this is more common but if repeated makes you unfit. Usually you need 12 months of having no symptoms after a single injury. It really depends on exactly what was injured and what your records say
My apologies Doc, it was a lateral patella dislocation. I often forget to specify and over simplify (which could have disastrous results(#, thanks for pointing that out. It happened in September and was managed with 6 weeks of physio. It may be I get a delay until the end of the year then. Thanks for your response.
 
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Hi, I applied for the Army last year and got rejected because I broke my hip 6 years ago and still have 3 pins in it, I never have problems or pain with it and still have complete movement of it. Ever since, Ive thought about being in the Army ever since and thinking about applying again and actualy appealing it, what are my
chances? This is what my rejection said:

JSP 950 Part 1 Lft 6-7-7
MUSCULOSKELETAL PRE-ENTRY ANNEX K
4.K.14.c

Intra-Articular fractures involving the upper and lower limb joints. Early osteoarthritis is the norm. Candidates with a history of these fractures are normally graded UNFIT.
 
Hello all,

Have sickle cell tests resumed?
I went for my assessment in january and was told to sit tight and wait to be contacts by the medical team and I'm still waiting.
My csm has no idea what's going on so I was wondering if anyone has had one since January.
Does job choices affect when the test will be carried out?

Cheers
 

Tubbs_1966

Swinger
Hi guys,

I was planning to join the reserves, and was awaiting selection dates, but due to Coronavirus changing things with work I've decided to take the plunge and go for the regulars. On my medical triage (for reserves) I got deferred due to dislocating my knee last September, however on receipt of my medical from from the doctor everything was ok. I've been told today that the medical process is different for the regulars, and I'm likely to be deferred again due to it.

Long story short, has anyone had experience applying with a one off knee dislocation and should I be concerned?

Appreciate any feedback other may have.

Crow22
I had knee hyperextend and my GP said it was a patella disoclation, I’ll have to go see a specialist at a military hospital

Not a bar but needs investigation
 
Hi, I applied for the Army last year and got rejected because I broke my hip 6 years ago and still have 3 pins in it, I never have problems or pain with it and still have complete movement of it. Ever since, Ive thought about being in the Army ever since and thinking about applying again and actualy appealing it, what are my
chances? This is what my rejection said:

JSP 950 Part 1 Lft 6-7-7
MUSCULOSKELETAL PRE-ENTRY ANNEX K
4.K.14.c

Intra-Articular fractures involving the upper and lower limb joints. Early osteoarthritis is the norm. Candidates with a history of these fractures are normally graded UNFIT.
What are your grounds for appeal?
What new evidence can you provide?

Appealing a decision and saying " I believe I fit the criteria and here is my evidence" is much easier than appealing against the criteria.
 
What are your grounds for appeal?
What new evidence can you provide?

Appealing a decision and saying " I believe I fit the criteria and here is my evidence" is much easier than appealing against the criteria.
I understand what you mean. I will get a checkup on my hip to show I have no pain, full mobility and will also keep a 3+ month training log to show my hip is fine with all the training, hopefuly that might work.
 
I understand what you mean. I will get a checkup on my hip to show I have no pain, full mobility and will also keep a 3+ month training log to show my hip is fine with all the training, hopefuly that might work.

What you are saying is you'll be taking on the evidenced based reasons for the grading (unfit) given to you.
remember you've got to convince them that you are not at risk of increased osteoarthritis, which is normal for your previous condition. You'll need a time lord to nip to the future

good luck with that.
 
What you are saying is you'll be taking on the evidenced based reasons for the grading (unfit) given to you.
remember you've got to convince them that you are not at risk of increased osteoarthritis, which is normal for your previous condition. You'll need a time lord to nip to the future

good luck with that.
But osteoarthritis isnt garanteed? Do I even have a shred if a chance then?
 
But osteoarthritis isnt garanteed? Do I even have a shred if a chance then?

you have very little chance. It may seem odd but the MoD does the best it can to protect itself and potential recruits from serious issues. allowing people in who have a high probability of future medical conditions isn't good for the MoD or the individual.

you can put in your appeal but remember for any chance of success you'll need to prove that the original decision was wrong.
 
you have very little chance. It may seem odd but the MoD does the best it can to protect itself and potential recruits from serious issues. allowing people in who have a high probability of future medical conditions isn't good for the MoD or the individual.

you can put in your appeal but remember for any chance of success you'll need to prove that the original decision was wrong.
What if I got checked for osteoarthritis? I read on the Royal Marines forums that someone got seen by a hip specialist who said he had no signs of osteoarthritis and now hes in/was a royal marine.
 

Bob65

Old-Salt
I understand what you mean. I will get a checkup on my hip to show I have no pain, full mobility and will also keep a 3+ month training log to show my hip is fine with all the training, hopefuly that might work.
It is unlikely any civilian fitness training you do will put your hips under as much stress as tabbing with a bergen. This is NOT advice to try that on your own and see! Hip stress fractures were historically a common military injury. If there is an elevated chance of that the Army won't take on that risk.
 

DocSavage

Clanker
A fracture of the hip joint is very unlikely to be problem free in the long run and the chances of getting through on appeal are virtually zero. Yes there is always someone who has what you think is a similar injury who has got in. Without seeing their medical records and xrays none of us know what injury they actually had or at what age (also relevant) likewise if your injury was deemed incompatible with service life a few years ago, what has changed?
I can assure you the regulations have not changed with regards this type of injury

Sorry to disappoint but the only grounds for appeal would be if your injury has been wrongly classified and as they had your medical docs that is not likely
 

DocSavage

Clanker
Also arthritis after this type of fracture may not come on for many years but service life will accelerate it and that is another reason they are not likely to let you in
 

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