Medicines and the medical

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by Friendly_Fire, Sep 3, 2006.

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  1. I am a prospective applicant to the RAMC. In civvy street, I am a urological specialist registrar (3 or 4 years from being a Consultant Urological Surgeon). My medical is in a month's time.

    Reading through other threads along a similar vein, it seems that being on prescription medication per se might make you "unfit" to join. Those threads really discuss anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs, though. I am on a lipid-lowering statin as I have fatty liver disease (too much good living, I suspect). This is no way affects my daily life, my ability to perform physically or mentally, or puts me at increased risk of future death. Would it automatically disqualify me?

    Thanks for any advice,


    Edit - By "future death" I meant premature death. We obviously all have the same odds on dying sometime.
  2. Re-reading my post, I'm not sure I asked the question I meant to ask.

    What I was wondering is if anyone knows if being on a prescription medicine for anything automatically causes you to fail the medical?

    Does anyone know?


  3. FF,

    Wouldn't have thought a statin will stand in your way.

    PM me if you need any other info ref recruiting process.
  4. The PULHHEEMS assessment paperwork does list hypercholesterolaemia as an absolute contraindication. But this is weird and I suspect not applied in practice as Phillip_Kotler suggests. But worth being aware of this. Good luck.
  5. Thanks. Maybe they intended to mean "familial hypercholesterolaemia" - that's strongly associatied with early cardiac mortality.

  6. I'm sorry. My post was hurried. The contraindication is indeed for familial hypercholesterolaemia. I just thought if you have a fatty liver that this sanction is one you should be aware of.
  7. one lad got refused from a medical for the royal navy for having a liver that was too swollen. so id lay off the booze ifi was u! jus lettin u know.
  8. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Being the key words, the RAMC will take with one leg, as I am sure they are short of Specialists.
  9. OK, thanks. We'll see - my medical is in just over 3 hours.

    Might be alright, esepcially as I have 2 legs...

    Will let you know.

  10. both attached?
  11. Makes no difference. Know of a Really Large Corps recruit who passed through his initial training adn only got found out on the day they did the Army Swimming test that he only had one leg. (Good medical conducted there I think). And no this is not a Wah!
  12. Last time I checked...
  13. I'm in.

    Unbeknownst to me (but apparently not my wife) I have some high tone deafness, but not enough ot be significant (except to hear the screeching).

    More obviously, I am a bit overweight, but not enough to cause alarm. My other medical history wasn't a bar to entry.

    It apparently helped that I had two legs, though, and that they were attached to me. :p