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Help for Hips and Knees

Old 3rd Jun 2017, 10:24
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THUD

Didn't you get a blue plastic folder when you left!

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Old 4th Jun 2017, 07:09
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Clive, a key issue to regarding your hip is your medical record at the time proving an in-service injury. Better is a continuing or regular entry in your medical records. If you have such ongoing notes then the RBL can advise and assist in claiming an award or pension from SVA.

I remember my first medical complaint after about 12 year's service and then regularly thereafter. A key part of my assessment was recounting how it affected me. Mrs PN was essential here as you forget what you can't do as you adept your life style.
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Old 4th Jun 2017, 13:53
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No blue plastic folder for me either


PN - with which bit of RBL does one open the batting?
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Old 4th Jun 2017, 13:55
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PN - last line - that's true - Mrs W spend her days, and mine, telling what I have not done....
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Old 4th Jun 2017, 14:45
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"take photocopies of your red discharge book, because he will ask for proof that you're a veteran."
I never got one of those- am I missing something?

I have:


RAF Form 856
Certificate of Service, Colour Blue


AKA Discharge Book?


Issued 1971


Is this the required document?.
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Old 4th Jun 2017, 20:33
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Wander. I don't recall but I think this is the link

War Pensions Scheme | The Royal British Legion

I had a grant but then applied for reassessment. They sent paper work which I had to return within a period, 6 months IIRC. Once reassessed I got a small pension, a card that gives me priority in the NHS within medical needs for my disability, ie someone who has a greater need would get priority. I also get a free Oyster card. I can use this for tube travel.
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Old 5th Jun 2017, 08:21
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PN - Muchas gracias
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Old 6th Jun 2017, 08:13
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Hips etc

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Many thanks for the update and advice.

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Old 23rd Jun 2017, 14:57
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This thread reminds me of Jake Thackray..."Hips and thighs they hypnotise me....."
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Old 29th Jun 2017, 23:19
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Update

Just had this passed to me, for info.

HTH

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Old 25th Jul 2017, 18:27
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If it is feet and toes that give you problems (bunions or forefoot pain for example) I can very strongly recommend Mr Karl Trimble (ex-RAF) at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

He did an excellent job sorting my right foot out 10 years ago and I am booked in to have the left one done soon. Having your big toes pointing in the correct direction is somewhat underrated
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 00:32
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Thanks for putting this in the public domain. seeing my GP next week.
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 13:29
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But if you want a fantastic foot surgeon, Pierre Barouk in Bordeaux. Gave her indoors a "new" pair of feet. Strapline on his web site: "Making feet for beautiful shoes"
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Old 15th May 2018, 19:02
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Further update. A campaign has been started to raise 1m for a dedicated Veteran's Orthopaedic Centre at the RJAH. Details (including how to donate) here:

https://www.rjah.nhs.uk/About-Us/New...aking-Vet.aspx


Please cascade.
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Old 16th May 2018, 11:34
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That's very good news Unixman. Carl Meyer has been monitoring my knee and feet, and one of his civilian colleagues is replacing my shoulder joint next week - all service-related injuries. (and they have provided info to the Vets Administration in my pursuit of a War Pension.)

RJAH is an amazing place - and only about an hour from Teetering Towers - any support they can get is most welcome.
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Old 9th Aug 2018, 20:21
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Can someone advise if this vets service is (a) only hips and knees and also if the service extends to family.

Many thanks in advance.
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Old 9th Aug 2018, 21:11
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Can someone advise if this vets service is (a) only hips and knees and also if the service extends to family.
You could always ask, TC:
[email protected] Fax: 01691 404067 Tel: 01691 404344
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Old 10th Aug 2018, 15:01
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They couldn't share much light on it!
Hips and Knees only but shoulders - maybe??

Family = no, but.....................Col Meyer does see 'normal' patients too??

So there we have it...something and nothing.
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Old 12th Aug 2018, 20:19
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Some more info and further to my post 35.

Carl Meyer is (primarily if not exclusively) hips and knees. That said, on my referral to him from my GP, he (Lt Col Meyer) referred me internally - within the hospital - to a foot man and a shoulder man.

So - for me anyway - the initial referrral was to the Veterans Unit, but worked onwards from there - especailly for my shoulder which is now titanium and plastic!

And I am now officially 20% disabled for service-attributable reasons, so get a small - but usefully tax-free - War Pension. Also - thanks I think to BoJo when he was Mayor - I get a totally free Oyster Card for free travel in and around London, 'busses, tubes and overground.

Happy to attempt to answer any further queries if I can, either publicly or by PM. I cannot sing the praises of RJAH too highly.
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 06:38
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I need a new knee. Was going to do it 15 yrs ago when I left the RN but when my surgery appt arrived I chickened out when I read through the risk factors - it just wasn’t painful enough and I didn’t want to risk the replacement needing replacing in my early 70s. Lost some weight and acquired a dog and I have got by happily on the old arthritic knee. But now it’s started to become unstable, locking up regularly with bits of arthritic spur jamming the works, then frees up for a few days before the next cycle. Phoned Col Meyer’s sec to ask what his waiting list looks like and 10 weeks was the reply. My GP referral to the local (RCHT) orthopaedic dept has me an appt next week. As a replacement was deemed appropriate 15 yrs ago, I did not need to jump through a triage of hoops before being assessed and I’m hoping I will be quicker along the route than previously, which is currently guesstimated to be “months rather than weeks” in Cornwall. Question: after seeing the consultant next week, am I better off ( in terms of quality and timeliness) being asked to be re-referred to the Veterans Orthopaedic Service, or should I keep my place in the Cornish knee queue? Anyone able to advise,or comment?
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