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Medical Experience | April 2019

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With a K1 best to get you vaccinations sorted before or at the Medical, can get expensive otherwise.


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37 minutes ago, LiamT7 said:

If you are going for a K1 Visa and you do not have all of the vaccinations, as long as you get them before Adjustment of Status then you should be fine (Confirm this with them though)

 

But if you wait, you will pay another doctor in the US to sign off your shots and very likely a repeat exam. $$$

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11 hours ago, LiamT7 said:

Hi all!

 

Here is my experience with having my K1 Medical at Knightsbridge Doctors in London. We will start at the beginning.

 

Booking the appointment

 

First thing I did was call Knightsbridge Doctors to book an appointment. I called on April 9th, and the first available day they had was April 25th, which is when I attended.

There was quite a wait to get through to someone, but don't worry, someone is going to pick up.

She confirmed with me over the phone that I have the documents required, and then she booked me in for April 25th. (See below for a list of documents)

 

This took less than 5 minutes once I got through to someone

 

Journey to London

 

I live near Southampton, and my medical was not until 3:30PM so this worked out, as it meant I could get to London and back on the same day.

 

The cheapest way to get to London that I found was by National Express Coach. I left home at around 9AM, and I got to the coach station ready for my 10:20AM coach. The coach ride was uneventful, and we arrived on time. Please note, however, make sure that you give yourself enough time as London traffic can cause major delays at times.

 

I arrived in London at 12PM at Victoria Coach Station, so I had some time to sightsee and just walk around the area as there is a lot to do/see in the area.

 

At Knightsbridge Doctors

 

By 3:15PM, I arrived at the doctor's. I went in, went to reception and they asked for my name. They asked me to take a seat in the waiting area for me to be called back to reception as I was 15 minutes early.

They called me up to reception again and asked for all of the documents they listed in the email that I needed. The documents are:

 

  • Original Passport or UK Driving Licence (photo card not paper licence)
  • 4 X Identical Passport style photos - UK or US size
  • ACRO Police certificate (or a copy) dated within the last 12 months for anyone 16 years of age & over
  • Vaccination records
  • Completed medical questionnaire (The link to this is in the email you receive)
  • A Letter/Email from the embassy/NVC to confirm your case number and visa category
  • Summary of medical history from GP (NOT full medical records)

 

They took these documents and made copies of all of them and gave them back. They did not give me my passport back until the medical had concluded.

 

After this, they gave me a pot inside a sealed bag for a urine sample. There is a toilet opposite the reception desk for you to do this. If you do not need to go at the time, it is okay, just make sure you get it done before the end of the medical and just take it back to reception. They will also give you a clipboard with some paperwork on it which you have to fill out. Once you have filled this out, take it back to the reception and go back to the waiting room.

 

I was first called up for my chest X-Ray. We went into one of the rooms, where the woman asked me to take off my t-shirt. Once I had done this, I was lined up in front of the X-ray machine, facing away from it with my chest against a panel. She then asked me to take a deep breath and hold it, which I did, and then the X-Ray was taken. The only thing that gave it away that it had been done was when she said it was done. After this, I was sent back to the waiting room.

 

3 minutes later, the doctor called me up. I believe the doctor I had was Dr Ho. He was a young doctor and very nice. We went into his room, and we sat down and discussed what we would be doing. He asked me some questions such as if I had ever taken drugs, if I had alcohol issues, if I had heart problems in the family, etc (These were all questions on the paperwork they ask you to fill out when you arrive). He then asked me to stand up in front of an eye test sheet and asked me to read the lowest line that I could.

After this, he asked me to sit on the bed and take my t-shirt off. He then took my blood pressure and listened to my heart/lungs. I then laid down where he took my blood for the blood test. He put a band around my upper arm/bicep to make my veins come to the surface, and he then proceeded to put the needle into one of my veins. The feeling was not that much different than getting a shot. He then filled up on small blood vial, took out the needle and put a cotton ball on. Very easy.

Once we had done this, I put my t-shirt back on and sat down with him again, we had one last conversation about everything that we had just done and then he asked me to go back into the waiting room.

 

After this, I was called up to reception. A nurse spoke to me and said that I have all the vaccinations that I need and that nothing more needed to be done, apart from pay the fee. I paid the fee, she gave me my passport back, as well as some paperwork that is important you do not lose, as it is needed for Adjustment of Status.

 

After this, I left the building and went back to the coach station knowing that I was one step closer. The whole process lasted about 1 hour.

 

Notes

 

  • The medical questionnaire that is linked on the US Embassy website is old (at the time of writing), so make sure you print off the questionnaire they include in the confirmation email when you book the medical.
  • If you do not have all of the vaccinations, you can either get them there for a fee, or you can go and get them somewhere else (Such as the NHS), and you then email the confirmation across to them
  • If you are going for a K1 Visa and you do not have all of the vaccinations, as long as you get them before Adjustment of Status then you should be fine (Confirm this with them though)
  • Keep the London traffic in mind, make sure you give yourself plenty of time before and after in case of delays.
  • Make sure you read the required documents listed on the confirmation email, as there might be some documents that are not listed on the website.
  • You don't have to be early to the appointment as they will just ask you to wait until the appointment time, but don't be late either. Get there a couple of minutes early.
  • Keep in mind that there are 2 Knightsbridge Doctor locations in London. Make sure you go to the one listed in the email.

 

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask, I will reply as quickly as possible.

Thank you for this review. This is extremely helpful. 

Congrats and Good Luck on your journey together. So happy for you both. 🎊🎉

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Posted (edited)
9 hours ago, Sarah12606 said:

Thank you for this review. This is extremely helpful. 

Congrats and Good Luck on your journey together. So happy for you both. 🎊🎉

Thank you very much for the kind words! :) 

Edited by LiamT7

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