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RAF gunner TMU

Hello, I have just been classed as temporary medical unfit because about 20 years ago I had bilateral excision of a cyst from my popliteal fossa. I have never had any problems with my knees since, never been to the doctor or hospital about them. Capita have basically made me TMU so that senior medical officer can have a look at my medical report. I have sent all the paperwork and evidence they have asked for so my questions are

Why does it need a senior medical officer to look out when I have give evidence for things they have asked for?

Should I be concerned about getting told I’m medically unfit?

Thank you for your help
Original post by Middleton91
Hello, I have just been classed as temporary medical unfit because about 20 years ago I had bilateral excision of a cyst from my popliteal fossa. I have never had any problems with my knees since, never been to the doctor or hospital about them. Capita have basically made me TMU so that senior medical officer can have a look at my medical report. I have sent all the paperwork and evidence they have asked for so my questions are
Why does it need a senior medical officer to look out when I have give evidence for things they have asked for?
Should I be concerned about getting told I’m medically unfit?
Thank you for your help

They need a senior medical officer to look at it because of the risk involved. You have a pre-existing injury to a critical joint. You are entering a career where that joint will be put on very much more pressure and work that normal 'civilian' joints. The fact it has caused you no issues for the last 20 years is no guarantee that it won't cause you problems in the next 20-30 years, which is what the RAF want you to work for. So it takes a senior medical officer to assess the evidence you have submitted, and use their expertise and knowledge of service life, to assess whether your joint will continue to be problem free if you serve for the next 30 years.

Yes, if you are signing up as a Gunner and have an old knee injury, I'm afraid you might be made PMU.
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Original post by threeportdrift
They need a senior medical officer to look at it because of the risk involved. You have a pre-existing injury to a critical joint. You are entering a career where that joint will be put on very much more pressure and work that normal 'civilian' joints. The fact it has caused you no issues for the last 20 years is no guarantee that it won't cause you problems in the next 20-30 years, which is what the RAF want you to work for. So it takes a senior medical officer to assess the evidence you have submitted, and use their expertise and knowledge of service life, to assess whether your joint will continue to be problem free if you serve for the next 30 years.
Yes, if you are signing up as a Gunner and have an old knee injury, I'm afraid you might be made PMU.

Thank for your answer. It was only to remove a cyst on the back off my knee, so it wasn’t like any knee ligament surgery. Nothing that would affect my knee in anyway. I just a cyst going in the back off my knee.
Original post by Middleton91
Thank for your answer. It was only to remove a cyst on the back off my knee, so it wasn’t like any knee ligament surgery. Nothing that would affect my knee in anyway. I just a cyst going in the back off my knee.

That sounds a bit more positive for you, but Gunners use their knees a lot - that's why the checks. Fingers crossed.
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Original post by threeportdrift
That sounds a bit more positive for you, but Gunners use their knees a lot - that's why the checks. Fingers crossed.

Yeh I have everything crossed, thanks for your help

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