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  1. Morgan89

    Vaccines at Knightsbridge

    Hi guys, I've had the TDAP but its over 10 years old and I had MMR 1st dose so need the following vaccinations. I've been told by my GP surgery that these can't be done on the NHS as I am over 25 so i will need to go private? Has anyone else had these done on the NHS or at knightsbridge and how much were the fees? Td or Tdap - Tetanus/diptheria/pertussis or get DT, DTP or DtaP and it will be accepted for AOS also. The latest shot must be no longer than 10 years ago or you need a booster. If you have a record of receiving pertussis, then the Td is okay for the booster. MMR - (if born in 1957 or later)-Mumps/measles/rubella. It's two doses in your life, but if you get the first dose, and 4 weeks haven't passed by your medical, they will waive the second dose for "insufficient time interval". If you only had one dose as a child, get a second one before the medical. Thanks in advance!
  2. From the airport to the medical.. The Journey: Got the 08:50 flight from BHD to LHR. It was delayed until 09:50 due to fog in London and ended up getting me into London for 11:10 (originally due 10:20). A lot of the morning flights had been cancelled so I was really starting to panic that I wouldn’t get there. Not a great start but it was such a relief it ended up not getting totally cancelled. I had arranged (booked online) a Blackberry Car to meet me at arrivals for 10:50 but as I got in late the driver was no longer waiting there. A quick call to the company informed me my driver had not yet left the terminal and would be there in a couples minutes. He arrived minutes later and we headed to the car. The driver was very nice and took me straight to the doors of the medical for £39 for the 45 min drive. I arrived at the medical place around 12:20 but waited a while before going in around 12:50 for my 1:10 appointment. The Medical: Buzzed in to flat 4 and entered and went to the door on the right and go to the receptionists window. I told her I had an appointment for 1:10 and she asked if I had my documents. I handed over: Police certificate Vaccination record Medical summary Completed medical questionnaire (use the link they will provide in your booking email) Email from the NVC stating my case number Passport 4 UK sized passport photos She asked if I had an interview scheduled yet and I told her my date. She copied all the above documents and handed me back everything except my passport then handed me a red zip bag and a pot for a urine sample which she said I could do any time during the appointment and hand it back into her. I received another medical questionnaire to fill in that was slightly more in depth from the one I had completed before. It just goes into each category and a simple yes or no tick for things like seizures, stroke, heart diseases etc. Handed this back and did the urine sample (there is only one toilet at this place as far as I am aware). There was no one else in the waiting area at this time. Female doctor then called me into her room after about 40 minutes of waiting. Doctor: She goes through the in depth questionnaire and reads the questions of it to confirm the answers once again. Undressed down to my underwear behind a curtain and put on a robe she provided in order for her to take my weight and height. Checked my ears, throat, temp, breathing Checked my eye sight Took my blood pressure and a blood sample Took 15 minutes tops for all that Back in the waiting area and there’s now 2 guys. Get called in about 20 minutes to go for the X-ray. As I head down 2 families arrived. X-ray: Older male carries out the chest X-ray. Undressed behind a curtain again and put the gown on. Anything from the waist up has to come off and if you have long hair there’s a hair clamp to put it up. Breathed in and out and the X-ray was done in seconds. Didn't get to discuss this really, just had to wait for the scan to appear on the screen then headed back to the waiting room. Back to the waiting room and there’s now 2 families, 3 guys and a girl waiting. Get called back for vaccines in about 15 minutes. Vaccinations: Female nurse does this. Went through my list of vaccinations and asked what visa I was applying for. My tetanus (£40) was expired a year so I opted to have that there along with the flu shot (£14). Headed to the reception and she asked me to wait another 5 minutes until the nurse provided my vaccine details. She then called me and handed back my passport along with two sheets to say I had my flu shot and tetanus there along with the DS-3025 form to use for AOS saying I opted to have all necessary vaccinations there. Paid a total of £384 (£330 plus the vaccinations) and that was that. The medical took about 2 hours with the majority of this being wait time. Left around 2:45 and explored London the tiniest bit before my car arrived at 3:40 to bring me back to the airport. Same company as before but with a different driver and he was there on time. Cost £30 this time as I had booked a return journey. Took the 7:45 flight home which was again delayed until 8:15 due to weather. Overall the staff there are very nice and it was really nothing to worry about. As the day went on the place seemed to get busy really quick. I would recommend the taxi company for pure peace of mind if you’re like me and do not want to have to deal with working out London’s tube system and fret over being delayed or something. If you’re flying in try and book an early flight to leave time for unexpected delays and an afternoon appointment or stay the night before if you want an early slot.
  3. I had my medical yesterday at Knightsbridge’s and my experience echos the positive accounts shared by other users. It’s nowhere near invasive as one would imagine and the people working there really are lovely. One thing that really made the experience an easy one (other than turning up with everything they asked for) was the medical letter I acquired from my GP regarding my long history of depression and agoraphobia. The physician conducting the medical assessment remarked that the letter was excellent and provided all the necessary information. The only question I was asked was if I had received counselling to which my answer was no, I wasn’t questioned any further. If you need a medical letter from your GP especially from one that doesn’t know you (as was the case with me) consider providing them with this outline and a note explaining your history in your own words and how you currently feel. It might provide some helpful insight and gives them something to refer to once you have left. This is the outline I provided the GP with as the basis for my letter: Diagnosis? Treatment? Duration of treatment and illness? Any prior or subsequent mental health or illness? Have there been any incidents of self harm, harm to others or suicide attempts? What is the prognosis and your opinion of the patients mental state. Is she a risk to herself or to others? I used my appointment to discuss my history and current mental state and explained that these questions needed to be addressed in the letter which they were and she even included parts of the note which I wasn’t expecting. I know it won’t guarantee the same results but it helped me and the Knightsbridge physician’s reaction made it feel worth sharing. 🤓
  4. Hello! I thought I'd publish my start to finish experience of going through the K1 Visa Medical, I am sure it will be pretty detailed so hold on to your butts. In late July I booked my appointment by calling Knightstbridge with my LND number from the NVC. The soonest date I was offered was Tuesday 27th August, so there was about a 1 month wait on booking. That was okay though, as it allowed me to do a little bit extra overtime and increase my savings prior to the bill. August 13th rolled around and so I pre-booked train tickets, a rather steep amount as it was a 450 mile round trip. I had initially planned to take a 9:30am train, but decided last minute to go an hour earlier, which was a sensible decision. I left my house at 8am, did the 2 mile bike ride to the train station, and set off. I arrived in London Paddington for 11:30am. Unsurprisingly, both trains were 20minutes late which is consistant with the UK train service you can expect to receive. I am familiar with the London Underground and how to get to where I needed to, but for those worrying about getting lost: Don't. It's dead easy. If you're coming by train, before you exit Paddington near the smokers corner, head down to Bakerloo Line (Southbound) and take it for 3 stops til you get to Baker Street. Then you simply switch onto the Jubilee Line (Southbound) until you reach Bond Street. I arrived on Bond Street at about 12:15pm, so with time to spare I decided to get some food from Pret, just around the corner from the Bond Street station. From here, it was about a 7 minute walk to Bentinck Street, and the first building you see is 11 Bentinck Street, which in the e-mail from Knightsbridge is the building to look out for. I was there! Alas, it was only 12:40pm, so I was almost an hour too early for my appointment! However, conveniently around the corner, past the Korean Streetfood shop there is a Pub where you can get a free water, recharge your phone, sit and wait or use the toilet. Knightsbridge Doctors from the front Press the buzzer for Flat 4 here, it is all clearly marked. The Appointment I arrived promptly for 1pm to my 1:30pm appointment, as I expected to be filling out paperwork. I was told to go and wait in the waiting room, which was pretty comfortable with big leather sofa's and water refreshment. At your designated appointment time, you are supposed to come back up to the desk. It's at this point that you will be asked to provide any documentation that you have. You're probably familiar with the list already, but what you will need is: Passport (Bring your original, and they like a copy - if you do not have this, they will make one) 4 US or UK style passport photo's. (Mine was a copy, I used a photobooth locally to get US Visa Photo's and did a colour scan onto photo paper to save costs) ACRO Police Certificate (I did not even bring the original, a copy of this will suffice) Vaccination Records (Mine was again, a copy) Completed Medical Questionnaire (Link is found in your email from Knightsbridge) - ALSO: DO DOWNLOAD THIS STRAIGHT FROM THE EMAIL, THEY UPDATE THIS PERIODICALLY AND THE ONE I HAD FROM 4 MONTHS AGO WAS OUTDATED, BUT I CAUGHT IT IN TIME. Something legitimate with your LND case number. I brought a copy of the letter from the embassy with the barcode on the top of it. Try to avoid handing over originals, as they will keep these documents (Passport is the exception). The guy next to me made life particularly difficult for the receptionist as he had no copies, and they were all original and he was kicking off about needing them all back. So make life easier for them and you, copy everything. I did this and kept them in a plastic wallet and handed it straight over. When the receptionist is done with the paperwork, they will give you another short questionnaire which takes 2minutes to fill out and a sample cup to pee in. You can pee in the cup at anytime during your appointment, which is a good thing as there is only 1 bathroom which is high in demand. After about 5 minutes after handing in my sample cup and completed questionnaire, I was called over to do my chest x-ray. This was pretty quick and simple, shirt off, lean on the machine, done. 5 more minutes in the waiting room later, another Doctor called my name, shook my hand and took me into the office. I can't stress enough how relaxed these guys are, I can't speak for them all but the Doctor I had (Doctor Clarke) had an excellent bedside manner, and a great sense of humour and was overall a pretty funny guy. I was asked the usual basics, to confirm my DOB and my name, as well as confirm any previous surgeries (In my case, tympanoplasty). I was asked if I smoked, had ever taken drugs, if I drink - how often etc. The usual Doctor questions. He then asked me to remove everything except undergarments, and lie on my back on the bed to perform some routine tests. In my case he tested my breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, eyesight. Nothing invasive at all. A blood sample was taken, though he had trouble locating a vein to draw from. My medical went smoothly with just one or two caveats. Lack of medical history. This is just due to my local GP being generally useless in almost every way. 5 times I had visited prior to my medical to request a Patient Summary or short break down of medical history. I even set up my records online, and signed my consent to share all of my patient history on there so I could access it. No bueno. All I got was my last 3 consultations. As a result, when it came to pay I was handed a consent form and letter to my GP requesting the information. The other issue was high blood pressure, I believe this is due to me using Panadol on a headache in the morning. I had no knowledge that NSAID's will send blood pressure through the roof, oops. Whilst it's not grounds for dismissing my case, the Doctor was being a Doctor and told me I needed to go to my GP, get a repeat blood pressure done and have the results, and an action plan faxed over to him. After being walked back to the waiting room, the time came where I was called up to pay. The receptionist went over what the Doctor had told me , so get consent signed, get results faxed over etc. She showed me all the paperwork, handed it to me and took payment. £330 was my total I paid, with no vaccinations needed at all. Job done! For those of you stressing prior to your appointment like I was, you can relax. It's really not that bad at all, and I'm not exactly in great shape. I have my interview in 2 weeks tomorrow, but in the interim I'm scheduling an appointment with my GP to get the rest of my medical signed off. I am unsure if Knightsbridge have 'held' my medical from the embassy until I fax further information, however I want it sorted ASAP so I can fly out on my preferred date on the 28th of September. Below I have included what forms I was handed post medical, with personal information blanked out. Total bill, along with a printout of FAQ's US Department of State form 3025. You will require this when you apply for Adjustment of Status. *DO NOT LOST THIS* Letter to my GP requesting a re-take of my blood pressure, attached underneath is a letter with consent form with a request for further medical history for my GP to fax to Knightsbridge. That's it for my medical experience, the whole thing took about 90minutes from start to finish and truthfully, I don't know why I was worried. I wish any prospective medical attendees the best of luck, just remember to be prepared! This whole process is about preparedness.
  5. I had my medical appointment at Knightsbridge today and I thought my experience might be useful to others, particularly those with mental health issues in their past. I arrived at Knightsbridge at 1.30pm for a 1.50pm appointment. I found the location instructions in the e-mail they sent me to be very useful and I found it easily (I walked, using google maps as a guide). The receptionist told me to wait in the waiting room as I was a bit early, and return to the counter when it was my appointment time. I was SUPER NERVOUS, I can't even begin to tell you. The waiting room is quite comfortable, and it was quite busy when I was in there. at 1.50pm I returned to the counter, and the receptionist requested all my documents (they give you a list of what to bring in the e-mail) so that she could photocopy them. She photocopied everything and returned it all to me, except my passport and ID photographs. She gave me a urine sample bottle and some more paperwork to fill out, which was mainly general medical questions. When I was done, I returned that to the counter and went back to the waiting room. Almost immediately I was called to have my chest X ray. The technician was friendly and gave me clear instructions on what to do. You have to remove all clothing from neck to waist, but they give you a gown to wear and you're never exposed. It was very straightforward. He then took me straight to the nurse to go over my vaccinations, however I didn't even sit down with her as she said she'd looked over my immunisation record and everything was in order, and she had signed me off. (For reference, I'd gotten a flu jab, MMR 2nd dose, and DTaP at my GP prior to the appointment, and I had chickenpox as a child which they took my word for). After this I went straight to the bathroom to do my urine sample. As I came out of the bathrooms, the doctor was already waiting for me! I handed my urine sample in to reception and went straight in with the doctor. She did some ID checks, and then asked me some medical questions about my general health and medical history. I don't have much significant history, just mental health issues which I'll go onto in a minute. She took my blood pressure, and asked me if I was nervous, and I said I was very nervous! I'm guessing my pulse was high. She was very reassuring and said there were lots of horror stories online, but that it was simple process and I shouldn't worry. She was really friendly and reassuring and put me at ease as much as possible. She said all the information I had brought with me looked good. We then talked about my past mental health problems. (Warning: discussion of depression & self harm ahead) I had depression for most of my late teens and early twenties (I'm 32 now). I was a self-harmer for many of those years, which caused me significant physical scarring that is still very visible on my arms to this day. I was diagnosed with Depressive Disorder NEC, and I was on medications for a number of years. I didn't make any suicide attempts, and I was never hospitalised for depression, but I was treated by a GP, psychiatrist and mental health team. I've been off antidepressants since 2015 and have been stable since then. I had read lots of posts about the medical on VisaJourney, so in advance I spoke to my doctors and requested a patient summary, my medical notes relating to my depression, as well as a summary letter regarding my depressive illness from my current GP. It cost me £75 as it was classed as a "complex letter/report" by my surgery, but I figured it would be worth it if it meant there were no hitches with my visa medical. I'll post an example of what the doctor wrote for me at the end of this post. After I answered her questions about my mental health history, she said she thinks the documents I provided will be sufficient. She said they *may* want copies of old letters between my GP and mental health services, and if they do (I'm not sure who "they" is! I should have asked), then they will contact me in the next few days. However, she said in her opinion the GP letter and report was enough. She said what they are mainly looking for is whether the illness is resolved or still ongoing. After this, she took my height and weight and did some brief physical checks like lymph nodes, eyes/ears/mouth. I then had to undress to underwear and sit on the examination table (she said I could wear a gown if I wanted). She checked my chest, lungs, tummy, joint movement, and reflexes. I then dressed again and she took a blood sample. She said the blood and urine sample are to check for syphilis and gonorrhea, and the chest X ray for TB. After this she said I was all done, and I just needed to head to reception in order to complete payment! I had only been in there for 55 minutes total and I was expecting it to take longer. I paid the £330 fee at the reception counter, and the receptionist gave me my immunisation record (that I need to keep safe for the Adjustment of Status phase), and my passport back. And that was it! I was in and out of there in just under an hour. I'm hoping that they don't request any more information from me about my mental health history. If they do, I'll update this so that in future people might know exactly what they want for mental health history, as in the instructions e-mail they send it doesn't specify - indeed the doctor asked me how I knew to get the letter from my GP and I said I had read about it on web forums. I hope this is helpful! In the end it was a lot less painful than I expected. I'm glad I had prepared by reading online about what documents to take with me, but equally doing all that research probably contributed to me feeling so anxious about the whole process. All the staff at Knightsbridge were friendly and gave good clear instructions about what to do so I didn't feel confused at any point. With mental health issues, it seems that they are looking to collect the full picture of diagnosis/treatment/prognosis in order to be sure that the issue has been dealt with. I imagine they ask further questions or want a bit extra info if you ever had suicidal intent. It seems you just need to have enough evidence to back up that you are now well and not a risk to anyone so it's probably worth collating that some time before the appointment to avoid the inevitable long wait for the GP surgery to get it all together. --------------- Documents I requested from my GP 4 weeks prior to the appointment: * Medical records relating to my Depressive Disorder NEC diagnosis. This was 2 and a bit A4 pages which just describes the visits to medical professionals that I made, that related to my diagnosis. It spanned 10 years, from my diagnosis in 2005 to my last visit when I was weaning off medication in 2015. It didn't include any details about visits to minor injury units after episodes of self-harm, though I did disclose these to the doctor when she asked. It also didn't include any info about the counselling I received, and I don't think there's anything on there from the psychiatrist either (though I think I only saw them once or twice - they only oversaw the changing of my meds, I can't really remember too well). * Patient summary (everyone needs this, not just those with prior mental health issues) * A letter detailing my mental health diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis from my GP containing a few key phrases (like that I am currently well and healthy, and I am not a risk to self or others). Here's what the GP wrote: "Dear sir/madam, I write in my capacity as GP at [GP surgery] where this patient is registered. [Patient] was diagnosed with Depression in 2005 aged 19 years. She was treated with [medication]. At this time she was self-harming by making cuts to her arms. She was switched to several different SSRI antidepressants - [medication], then [medication]. She also received some counselling. She was referred to see a psychiatrist in 2009 and her antidepressant was switched to [medication]. She was stable until 2012 when she was referred back to mental health services and was again quickly stabilised back on antidepressants. She has never made a suicide attempt. She has been off antidepressants since July 2015 and her mood has been stable since this time with no more episodes of self-harm or depression. There is no indication that we should expect her to have further episodes of depression. It is of my opinion that [patient] is of no risk to herself or others. Yours faithfully, [GP]"
  6. Tiedyeshirt

    Drugs on Medical Summary

    My husband has his Knightsbridge exam in a couple weeks— Recreational marijuana use is listed on his medical summary, and would likely be included on any letter explaining anxiety as it is related (he is currently on medication for anxiety that was triggered by drugs, for which he sought medical and mental help). He would test clean, (sober for last several months) but GP reports would probably mention recent use. We were hoping to check “no” on questionnaire and leave it at that, but it is looking like that is not possible. He is working on getting a summary without mention of it, but from what I read he would need additional statements re his mental health, and getting both without mention also does not seem likely. We we were so close, and now we feel like it is all crashing down around us. Any advice?
  7. Hello, any help is greatly appreciated. We rang up today and Visa Medicals (London Knightsbridge) have informed us that the medical results were sent to the embassy yesterday. Does anyone know how long the embassy takes to change the status on the CEAC tracker or how long before the visa gets mailed off via courier? (We already had the interview and were approved Oct 10th but have been waiting for additional medical info since then.) Thank you in advance for any help.
  8. Hi guys, I just need to rant for a bit so here we go. Here's our detailed experience thus far. We received our case number from NVC on the 18th of September and I immediately called and scheduled our medical interview to give us as much time as possible between the medical and the interview. We scheduled his medical for October 3rd at 10:30 am, the soonest they had, a bit early but we were only an hour train ride from London Waterloo, so not the end of the world. We spent the next two weeks getting together everything he would need, the second MMR he never received, Flu Jab from the NHS at the local Tesco, etc.. October 3rd rolls around, everything was pretty straight forward, they let me sit in the waiting room while Tony went through the whole process. He gave a urine samples, then had to do a chest x-ray, he came back to the waiting room and waited a bit before seeing the other doctor. This is where things started to go south. He went into the office and the doctor noted that his Atrial Septal Defect (small hole in the lining of the septum of the heart) was listed as an "active" health condition on his GP summary, despite the fact that he had surgery 9 years ago to repair the hole - which was also listed on his GP summary. The doctor explains that he doesn't think that this will be a problem but he will need to ask the other doctor to see if they need more information. He comes back to the waiting room. I'm disappointed but had a feeling that they might bring it up so I had mentally prepared myself. We wait a bit longer, they inform us we missed a vaccination (Tetanus, but we can get it in the US before AOS). We had back up to the counter and they give us a letter to give to his GP stating that they need "more information" about his heart condition and the repair surgery (yes the letter was this painfully vague). So begins our nightmare. Later that day we drop the letter off at his GP, hoping that we would be able to get all of this sorted before his interview that was scheduled for October 24th. Only to be told that it could take them 30 days to get a hold of the information, but they'd e-mail it directly to Knightsbridge. A few weeks go by, it's now October 18th and we get a call from his GP, telling us that the paperwork we wanted was ready to be picked up. Not what they had said they would do, but okay. Since they waited until 4:30pm to call us, we had to wait until the next day but we went and picked the information up. It was a detailed sheet about the results of his exams, stating the size of the hole in his heart before the surgery and after, and it had notes stating the surgeon was pleased with the results. "Great!" we thought. This HAS to be what they want. The GP informed us that they did indeed e-mail it to Knightsbridge and we were all set, we took our copy and went on our way. (Spoiler alert: they didn't e-mail it.) However, me being as paranoid as I am, called Knightsbridge to confirm they received the e-mail from the GP - Surprise surprise, they hadn't. It was now the day before his interview. We say F*** it we're going to make sure that it gets there, we're going to be in London anyway so we'll drop it off in person. So the day of his interview rolls around and everything is smooth sailing! He's Approved!!.. pending the results of his missing medical exam. Off again to Knightsbridge. This was straightforward, they took it and his case # and told us if they needed more information they would be in touch within 3 business days. Great, we left and had Pizza Express for lunch, thinking that everything was smooth sailing from here on out, oh how I envy the naivety I possessed that day. According to Knightsbridge, the 3 business days begin starting the next day - despite the fact that we dropped the paper off in the morning. But we're understanding people, so whatever, that's fine. Anyway, Monday rolls around.. around noon we get a phone call that the paper we gave them wasn't enough. Frustrated at this point, Tony demands, over the phone, to know EXACTLY what they're looking for so we can get it to them. "Discharge Papers." Okay, inconvenient, but fine. We'll get them to you as soon as we can. We go to his GP immediately after the call and ask for a copy of the discharge papers.. leave being told it could take a few days. We get a call two days later, on Wednesday that what we wanted was available for pick up. They handed us EVERY SINGLE PAGE of his medical record, which we had to comb through to find the note that said "Hospital correspondence 12/2/2009"... That HAD to be the discharge notes. Thankfully, they printed it up right then. We go home, scan them in and send the entire discharge letter, notes and all, including the page they had already received and send it off. We receive a confirmation email "3 business days and we'll contact you directly if we need more information." Great. This HAS to be everything, this has to be the end of it.. right? Wrong. Friday afternoon, I'm back in the US at this point, as I had to leave without him to get back to work... at 4:30pm he received a call from Knightsbridge. Because of "questionable wording" on the discharge papers, they now needed more information. A bit of background, when he was 19 he was out celebrating a birthday with his friends and they were doing jagerbombs.. the ones mixed with Redbull. He had had a few, and because of the heart defect (that he didn't know he had), an excess of caffeine and alcohol, his heart stopped for about 30 seconds, he passed out and they took him to the hospital. Thus, the discharge notes said something along the lines of "After a bout of drinking, the patient was admitted with an arrhythmia where it was discovered that he had an ASD." (Side note- the Arrhythmia was because of the ASD... not because of the alcohol, before he got it repaired his resting heartbeat was about 120 all of the time.. yet no one ever caught it before - HOW? I don't know) Now Knightsbridge was calling, and they wanted proof that he wasn't or isn't alcoholic and doesn't have any sort of "problem or dependency." They waited until 4:30pm on a Friday to call, which meant that nothing could be done until Monday morning. He went to his GP first thing Monday morning.. they were just as tired of seeing him as he was of seeing them. They put an ASAP on it and called Wednesday morning (Nov. 7th), where it cost him £15 to pick it up. He immediately e-mailed it to Knightsbridge and we received the same "3 business days and we''ll call if we need something." Thankfully, it's been more than 3 business days and we have yet to hear anything. I'm hoping that this nightmare is finally over and we can just move on and he can finally come. Moral of the story - cover all of your bases. If you think something might not be a big deal, get something for it just in case. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. We would have had the information before the medical but his GP wouldn't give it to us without that letter from Knighstbridge.. so I guess it is what it is, but a month and a half from his original medical and we're just now reaching the end. As of right now our case is still in "administrative processing" and the last day it was touched was October 25th. Here's to hoping the embassy will hurry up and issue it as soon as they receive it so he can get his butt over here!!
  9. Hey! I stressed before the medical and reading reviews helped a lot so thought I'd write one out of my time there!! I had never had a full check up by a GP before so sorry if this is over detailed for some but I didn't know what to expect so maybe it'll help some other 20-something who has no idea! Appointment was for 11.30AM. I arrived at 11AM and was asked to take a seat in the waiting room. 11.25AM they called me up, asked me to hand over my passport, 4x passport sized photos (i had US standards), my ACRO, my letter from NVC (mine was an email correspondence, this was fine), my GP patient summary and my vaccinations (I brought along my red baby book but they didn't need it). They asked if I needed photocopies of anything, I had also brought along my own photocopies of the docs but they just did it there. Handed a urine sample bottle and a form to fill out, I asked where to give back the urine sample and its to the reception desk Once I had completed the urine sample and form and handed it to reception I got called in straight away to do my X-rays (around 11.35). Quick and easy, asked to tie my hair up, I had a hair tie but if you don't there is one there for use and/or a clip. Remove top, bra and necklace and put on a gown. The lady doing it didn't comment on how the X-ray was but I got to see it which was fun. Went back to the waiting room, 5 minute wait to see the Doctor. She was so nice and reassuring!! We signed a couple of papers and my passport photo with form. Checked everything was right with form I had filled out (I had had outpatient surgery at a hospital, she said this didn't count as hospitalization, also i marked that I'd had a cough or fever because I thought it meant like...ever in my life, turns out it's more for chronic cough or fever so she changed that) She checked my BP with the machine, I told her my heart rate usually shows up fast on these and I have to do them twice normally because I get nervous. First time was a little fast but okay for what they wanted she said Weigh in and Height check Then she got me to read the eye chart Sat on the bed and she checked my eyes, ears and throat. Took off all clothes bar underwear and put the gown back on (optional?? at least thats what she said 😅 I was more comfortable with the gown). She checked my heart, again nervous and a little fast but fine, she was jokey about it. Lungs and abdomen check and rotated my limbs a little. Then my reflexes. Time for my bloods - easy peasy, no fainting and my veins are nice and fat so very quick/one try. Arm aches now though We talked a little throughout the whole thing, she said that they only ever see the short side of the visa process but she knows they can take forever, she also had no idea what visa I was traveling on which I didn't expect! Didn't need to see the nurse for Vacs because I was all up to date, waited for 5/10 mins in the waiting room, paid up, received my vaccination record for AOS and was on my way! Was told it's taking about 5/7 days for them to receive results from blood and urine and to send them to the embassy and that i'll only hear something if there's a problem. All in all a good experience, friendly and not stressful at all. About an hour in total spent there. Plus its in a really good area if you want to grab something to eat before/after or a bottle of water to help with the urine sample!! Hope this helps someone!! I think that's everything...also hope this is in the right place!...Count down to my interview next!! EDIT: Also she noticed I had a tattoo and asked my how many I had and where they were located, I guess she had to mark this down somewhere but I didn't see where!
  10. Hey! Forums have been super helpful so just want to double check my reasoning - on the knightsbridge medical form it asks about hospitalization. I had 2 small outpatient surgeries, both done at a hospital and both taking less than 3hrs under local anesthetic. They are on my patient summary, I was referred through my GP etc. Now normally I would say these don't count as hospitalization but as my medical is in 3 days I'm overthinking everything and I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to hide something!! So - check YES or NO for hospitalization..?
  11. Hey everyone! Not sure if this is on the right forum topic but I’ve only just joined here and still finding my way around! I had my medical today at Knightsbridge for our K-1 Visa. I kept a log of my time there in case anyone thought it useful. If you don’t want to read it all, the main points are: They're adamant they need the patient summary and won’t send the report to the embassy until they have it. Take a book! If you haven’t had all the vaccinations, you only really need 2 (£90 if done there) Everyone is really lovely! I was really nervous last night and didn’t really sleep at all and couldn’t really find any personal experiences that put me at ease. I needn’t have worried, it was all fine! Anyway, here’s the detailed version if you’re interested: 10.30 Arrived and told to sit in the waiting room and come back at the reception at 10.50. (My appointment time) About 10 other people in here waiting too. I want to chat to them but they all look nervous! A girl sat opposite me has a bandage on her arm from bloods so I’m assuming we have to come back in-between tests. They’ve got Christmas decorations up on the mini chandelier. Either someone’s very eager or they’ve been there for years. I wasn’t sure what to wear so I just put a shirt and jeans on. Smart cas. I didn’t want to overdo it but I also wanted them to know I’m taking this seriously. I really want to chat to everyone and ask what their stories are, but I need to remind myself that this isn’t an audition and they might want to keep things private. Totally understand. I won’t be ‘that’ guy. 11.05 After being called to the desk (while I was walking to it) at 10.50, I handed over all my paperwork required. I don’t have my patient summary or vaccination history, but she didn’t seem to mind. She took my passport photos. Passport. And acro to photocopy. Then gave me another questionnaire to fill out as well as a permission form. I was also given a pot to give a urine sample in. I filled out the questionnaire which was pretty personal and I felt a little awkward as I was back in the small waiting room, wish I sat with my back against the wall! After handing it in, I went to the toilet behind me and filled the pot. Now waiting to be called by the nurse. 11.30 Just had my x-ray. Had a lovely chat with the radiologist as we mostly talked about acting! I had to strip down to my waist and stand in front of a black plate. After a few adjustments, she took my x-ray as I took a breath in and out. We waited until it appeared on the screen. I’ve never had an x-ray before so it was fascinating seeing my skeleton and lungs! Back in the waiting room now for the next step. 11.47 Just had my vaccinations! I spoke to a nurse who said she couldn’t find any records and I told her that’s because my doctor couldn’t find any! As I’m on a K Visa, I don’t need it for the visa, but would need it when I do my AOS in America. I could either have my tb and mmr jab now, which totals £90 or have bloods taken (again £90) to show antibodies or wait until I’m there to have them. I told her I’d rather have them done in the UK so she gave me both MMR and TB in both arms and I’ll need to top up at my doctors in 4 weeks time. Phew! That’s one thing I was worried about out of the way! I was given a sheet with info on my jabs and to give to my doctor for the booster in 4 weeks time and will have the sheet in my visa pack confirming I’ve had the required jabs. I’ve got a copy too. Now back in the waiting room. One hour has gone by. I guess the next stage is bloods! 12.29 Still waiting. Had a chat with another actor which broke the silence nicely. I’m guessing the wait is because they’re seeing everyone else who was in here earlier! Lots of waiting here though. I’m glad I’ve got my iPad to do work on, word of warnng: bring a book or something to do! 12.54 I’ve been in for my check up, the nurse applogised for the wait but it’s fine. I then had to sign my photo to confirm it’s me, and so did she. We then went through the medical questionnaire and I had to strip to my boxers and wear a gown. She checked my lungs and blood pressure, took my pulse and took blood and my temperature. We then had a quick chat and I asked for a sticker for being a brave boy. Pleased to say, I’m now wearing said sticker. With regards to the patient summary, they definitely need it. If you’re going to the medical thinking “I’m fit and healthy and haven’t been to the doctors in years, the summary won’t say anything so what’s the point!” like I thought, then you’ll be wrong. They need it to prove you’re not lying. Luckily, my interview isn’t for another 5 weeks, so I’ve got plenty of time to get it. They said I can either email a scanned copy or fax it to them. As long as it’s legible and prints onto A4 paper. I’m now just waiting to get my passport back and then pay the small fortune and I’ll be all done! 1pm Finished! I was given my passport back and all proof of vaccinations. In all, it cost me £420 including vaccinations. But it was worth it for the sticker. I even asked if they took clubcard points. Well that’s it for my experience at the visa medical at Knightsbridge. It took a little bit longer than thought but that’s probably because of the vaccinations. Everyone was lovely and I had a good laugh with them. Good luck for when you go! It’s not as bad as you think! Remember, fear only exists in the mind! Once you’re done, you’re closer to living a whole new life!
  12. Apparently I posted this in the wrong forum so here it is again! Hey everyone! Not sure if this is on the right forum topic but I’ve only just joined here and still finding my way around! I had my medical today at Knightsbridge for our K-1 Visa. I kept a log of my time there in case anyone thought it useful. If you don’t want to read it all, the main points are: They're adamant they need the patient summary and won’t send the report to the embassy until they have it. Take a book! If you haven’t had all the vaccinations, you only really need 2 (£90 if done there) Everyone is really lovely! I was really nervous last night and didn’t really sleep at all and couldn’t really find any personal experiences that put me at ease. I needn’t have worried, it was all fine! Anyway, here’s the detailed version if you’re interested: 10.30 Arrived and told to sit in the waiting room and come back at the reception at 10.50. (My appointment time) About 10 other people in here waiting too. I want to chat to them but they all look nervous! A girl sat opposite me has a bandage on her arm from bloods so I’m assuming we have to come back in-between tests. They’ve got Christmas decorations up on the mini chandelier. Either someone’s very eager or they’ve been there for years. I wasn’t sure what to wear so I just put a shirt and jeans on. Smart cas. I didn’t want to overdo it but I also wanted them to know I’m taking this seriously. I really want to chat to everyone and ask what their stories are, but I need to remind myself that this isn’t an audition and they might want to keep things private. Totally understand. I won’t be ‘that’ guy. 11.05 After being called to the desk (while I was walking to it) at 10.50, I handed over all my paperwork required. I don’t have my patient summary or vaccination history, but she didn’t seem to mind. She took my passport photos. Passport. And acro to photocopy. Then gave me another questionnaire to fill out as well as a permission form. I was also given a pot to give a urine sample in. I filled out the questionnaire which was pretty personal and I felt a little awkward as I was back in the small waiting room, wish I sat with my back against the wall! After handing it in, I went to the toilet behind me and filled the pot. Now waiting to be called by the nurse. 11.30 Just had my x-ray. Had a lovely chat with the radiologist as we mostly talked about acting! I had to strip down to my waist and stand in front of a black plate. After a few adjustments, she took my x-ray as I took a breath in and out. We waited until it appeared on the screen. I’ve never had an x-ray before so it was fascinating seeing my skeleton and lungs! Back in the waiting room now for the next step. 11.47 Just had my vaccinations! I spoke to a nurse who said she couldn’t find any records and I told her that’s because my doctor couldn’t find any! As I’m on a K Visa, I don’t need it for the visa, but would need it when I do my AOS in America. I could either have my tb and mmr jab now, which totals £90 or have bloods taken (again £90) to show antibodies or wait until I’m there to have them. I told her I’d rather have them done in the UK so she gave me both MMR and TB in both arms and I’ll need to top up at my doctors in 4 weeks time. Phew! That’s one thing I was worried about out of the way! I was given a sheet with info on my jabs and to give to my doctor for the booster in 4 weeks time and will have the sheet in my visa pack confirming I’ve had the required jabs. I’ve got a copy too. Now back in the waiting room. One hour has gone by. I guess the next stage is bloods! 12.29 Still waiting. Had a chat with another actor which broke the silence nicely. I’m guessing the wait is because they’re seeing everyone else who was in here earlier! Lots of waiting here though. I’m glad I’ve got my iPad to do work on, word of warnng: bring a book or something to do! 12.54 I’ve been in for my check up, the nurse applogised for the wait but it’s fine. I then had to sign my photo to confirm it’s me, and so did she. We then went through the medical questionnaire and I had to strip to my boxers and wear a gown. She checked my lungs and blood pressure, took my pulse and took blood and my temperature. We then had a quick chat and I asked for a sticker for being a brave boy. Pleased to say, I’m now wearing said sticker. With regards to the patient summary, they definitely need it. If you’re going to the medical thinking “I’m fit and healthy and haven’t been to the doctors in years, the summary won’t say anything so what’s the point!” like I thought, then you’ll be wrong. They need it to prove you’re not lying. Luckily, my interview isn’t for another 5 weeks, so I’ve got plenty of time to get it. They said I can either email a scanned copy or fax it to them. As long as it’s legible and prints onto A4 paper. I’m now just waiting to get my passport back and then pay the small fortune and I’ll be all done! 1pm Finished! I was given my passport back and all proof of vaccinations. In all, it cost me £420 including vaccinations. But it was worth it for the sticker. I even asked if they took clubcard points. Well that’s it for my experience at the visa medical at Knightsbridge. It took a little bit longer than thought but that’s probably because of the vaccinations. Everyone was lovely and I had a good laugh with them. Good luck for when you go! It’s not as bad as you think! Remember, fear only exists in the mind! Once you’re done, you’re closer to living a whole new life!
  13. Hi all, I have asked for a post like this to be stickied, but have not had a response from anyone. Please see below for relevant information regarding medical summaries: If you are registered on https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/ (most GPS are doing this), you can view, and print your own summary. If you don't have access to the full summary (I only have access to vaccines and current medications), you can request your GP to print this off for you instead. This is not your medical history, and should be no longer than 10 pages. I heard a story of someone saying it can take a couple of weeks to come back, I personally didn't receive mine after calling (I waited 5 days), so I went to my surgery in the afternoon, and waited there until they printed it out for me. There's no reason for this to take that long at all. It's not a massive letter or anything, it's just a print out of significant history. I've attached an example of what it is that's being requested, however, what you'll receive from your doctor is an A4 print out, which should only be a page or 2. I'm 30 and have had a few doctors visits, my print out was 2 pages which included recent blood tests. I will post a comment of the e-mail I had from Knightsbridge confirming this also. Hope this helps! Lisa "Dear Lisa, Thank you for your email. As we are a third party medical group we do not have access to any patient or NHS records. A patient summary is a requirement for the US Embassy London and is needed to complete your paperwork. We appreciate this can be difficult to obtain. It is a patient summary we are looking for (care summary), and this should be no longer than 10 pages. This summary will outline any health issues you may have had previously and any on-going issues you may currently have, including any medication you are taking. Please note, we do not need your entire medical history. You will be able to print this yourself on Patient Access - once you register your NHS number. I hope this email is helpful, any further queries please get in direct contact. Please see the link below which may also be useful. https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/family-immigration/medical-examination/"
  14. I have a difficult situation right now, and I'm posting to see if anyone has any advice or input. My medical is on Tuesday, so it's too late to reschedule, but I don't have my patient summary or doctor's letter about my previous self harm. I'm going to my GP on Monday, but I doubt I'll be able to get a letter the same day, and I'm worried that the patient summary could take a day or two. The email I got from the medical place says that they can put my medical on hold until I submit the summary and the letter, but how does that work? Can I scan them and email them? Or do I have to post them? I'm so stressed about this, I thought I'd lucked out by getting an appointment so soon, but now I'm terrified 😥
  15. Hi all, I was going to wait until the whole process was finished to post, but some of this information may be relevant to anyone having a medical up and coming. Getting out of bond street station Go up the escalators, walk past McDonald's and use that exit. From there it is a 3 or 5 minute walk in one direction until you need to cross a road, and walk down a little cut through, and then at the end of that street it is on your right. Before the cut through on the opposite side is a Costa with an area downstairs to sit which is air conditioned (thank god). Echoing what everyone else says: everyone there is really nice and friendly. Piece of advice: Organise your documents to hand over. If you need photocopies try to do this before hand. It seemed like I made it easier by having photocopied everything I provided already, and that they could just keep the file I handed to them with the exception of the ARCO certificate, and your passport. Mental Health In 2005/2006 I was a depressed teenager and was referred to counselling and placed on anti depressants, however, both were short lived with no real outcome. I just kind of went on with my life and carried my baggage with me. I self harmed as a teenager, and had 2 or 3 other times where I caused harm to myself up until my mid twenties. One of these being an overdose in 2016. Before this episode however, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and was receiving treatment in the form of medication and psychotherapy ("DBT"). I am glad to report that I am well, and continue to be well, and proof of that is after today's tiny little heart break I am just moving forward instead of being paralyzed by sadness, or other negative emotions. Of course when this process came up I have been dreading the medical since day 1, so I began to be super pro active. I obtained a detailed report from my Therapist of my treatment, a letter from my Psychiatrist detailing my diagnosis and treatment plan, and a letter from my GP. All three letters also stated that there was no concern I was a risk to myself or others. I thought that this would be enough; I had assumed that my recent diagnosis would overwrite my teenage years and they would be seen as relating and thus, the evidence supporting my current mental state as being very well would be just fine. Unfortunately that was not the case. This was not enough. They have requested more information on when I was a teenager, which sadly is not available which I explained. The doctor said that it was okay, and for the doctor to write back with a letter saying that this information was not available to them. He said this may result in me having to see one of their Psychiatrists, but it is what it is. They've also requested more information on when I had taken an overdose. From today what I think is the best course of action for anyone with health problems (mental or otherwise) is to obtain your medical summary, and have a letter covering off every single health issue marked on there, even if in your mind it is insignificant. It's always hard to know what to provide, but I think you'll be safe with letters from the appropriate people explaining and providing more information for any questions they may have. To be more consign, if something significant is written on your medical summary, have a letter to explain it. Vaccinations I had read on VJ that as long as the immunization is no more than 10 years old, this is fine. This turned out not to be the case. I had Tetanus and Diphtheria in 2013, which even my GP thought was fine, but I was told I needed to get a new one. I opted to have it done there at the charge of £40 so that it's on the record they gave me for the AOS process. If I went somewhere else and got it, it would not be included on this medical exam, and this is the only place in the UK that will be accepted at the AOS stage. Extra Since my GP back in 2015/16 prior to my diagnoses wrote down there was a concern about my alcohol consumption (because I had completely lost it and went out a lot) I was also required to provide a second urine sample (which was supervised), for a drugs screening. This was £50. Most of this upset is caused to the potential delays this may cause, so if you are reading this and you are thinking "what if they ask me about this" - go and get a letter from your doctor explaining the situation. If your doctor has no information on it, they can simply write a letter advising of this. I hope this helps somewhat, and of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
  16. Frustrated w/ Knightsbridge - Medical (London) Must admit, Knightsbridge has to be the MOST frustrating and stressfull part of our entire K-1 process to date! We have been very precised with dotting our "i's" and crossing our "t's". Every bit of information provided by the US Embassy overview and steps, the medical PDF file in details of who what when and where, etc. have all stated the exact same details of "what to bring". We completed our DS-160, scheduled the medical, paid the visa fees & carrier service, and schedule the interview to be 2 weeks from the medical - HURRAY! It's almost over.... NOT!!!! We received a confirmation email from Knightsbridge with a list of "What to bring to your medical" and there are 3 - 4 items listed that are NOT listed any where in any of the documents we received from the Embassy, neither of their websites, NOR the link provided in the Knightsbridge email. Slamming into Brick Walls here: 6. A Letter/Email from the embassy/NVC to confirm your case number and visa category - Never have we received anything from the NVC - They received our K1 03/20/2017, forwarded to Embassy 03/23/2017, Embassy received 03/27/2017 - Called NVC requesting a document with our details and case # on it. They informed me that NVC does not process K1's but they would put in a request to send me a document w/ NO ETA on how long before its mailed. - Called Knightsbridge they state its mandatory and I can't do the medical without it and to call the Embassy - Called the Embassy, the switchboard operator states: They do not take calls and to submit an online inquiry, turn around reply time is 5 - 10 business days - REPLY time?! His medical exam is scheduled for 04/28/2017 7. Summary of medical history from GP (NOT full medical records) and reports covering any medical conditions, disabilities, and prior serious illnesses you have been treated for or anything ongoing. You may ask your GP for a “Patient Summary”, or access this yourself under “Patient Access”. - The GP is unbelievable - It takes a week between asking anything to get a reply. We have been working on getting them to print out his vaccination records now for over a month. We rang them up today requesting a "Patient Summary" and they state we have to submit it in writing and it will take 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS .... seriously? It's not his entire medical history we informed them of this, its just a 1 page summary. - I rang Knightsbridge back and got the same thing it's mandatory, the exam results will not be sent to the Embassy without it. She also stated it should only take them 24 - 48 hours to generate the "Patient Summary". - Called GP back, submit in writing and wait 2 weeks Seriously - Why!?! Why are these documents being requested when they aren't even on the list from the Embassy and surely WE canNOT be the only ones going through this. I'm about to pull my hair out.... Does anyone have any suggestions?! PLEASE - other than reschedule both the medical and interview Thanks for your time and help Knightsbridge email document requirements: Please follow this link; where you can download a PDF document which outlines the medical, maps, and questionnaire. You are required to bring the following for each person having a medical examination: 1. Passport or UK Driving Licence (photo card not paper licence) We do NOT accept copies of ID 2. 4 X Identical Passport sized photo UK or US style (we will accept UK or US sized photographs) 3. ACRO Police certificate (or a copy) dated within 12 months for anyone 16 years of age & over (if your police certificate is more than a page long please advise Knightsbridge Doctors ahead of your medical as you may need additional time with the Doctor, if you fail to tell us ahead of time you may be asked to come back to go over this for an additional fee). 4. Vaccination records- Please provide a vaccination record for the panel to look over on the day to advise if any further vaccines are needed. 5. Completed medical questionnaire (from the US Embassy link above) must fill out FULL UK address. Please also bring along FULL US intended address 6. A Letter/Email from the embassy/NVC to confirm your case number and visa category 7. Summary of medical history from GP (NOT full medical records) and reports covering any medical conditions, disabilities, and prior serious illnesses you have been treated for or anything ongoing. You may ask your GP for a “Patient Summary”, or access this yourself under “Patient Access”. Please DO NOT email or forward any medical information in prior to your medical, it will not be reviewed before your medical appointment. 8. If you wear glasses or contact lenses please bring them along to the appointment Source(s): US Embassy & Consulates (UK - London) The Medical Examination (PDF) Knightsbridge Doctors
  17. Hi everyone, I thought I'd put up a post with a review of my medical and my interview as it seems only fair as I found other people's reviews extremely helpful. Medical - Thursday 9th August 11.10am I had my medical on Thursday 9th August at Knightsbridge Doctors. Initially, when I had received my interview date (21st August), I had called to make my medical appointment and was advised that the first available one was 23rd August. I wasn't happy about this and so called again a few days later and was informed that there was now an appointment available for 9th August which was better! My appointment was at 11.10 and I flew from Glasgow to Gatwick early in the morning and then got a train to Victoria Station and a tube to Bond Street. I walked from Bond Street which took around 10 minutes. When I got to Bentinck Mansions, I was a bit early so went to the pub across the street for a coke while I waited. I went in around 10.45 and went to the desk and was told to go to the waiting room and come back to the desk at my appointment time. I went back at 11.10 and handed over my passport and a photocopy which I had made, my police certificate and a photocopy, 4 passport size photos, my completed medical questionnaire and my vaccination record. I was given a questionnaire and asked to complete it and return it. It was pretty much the same questions as the one I had to print and take with me but maybe a bit more in depth. When I took this back to the desk, I was given a bottle for a urine sample and asked to return this when completed. There is only one toilet there so I had to wait as there were a few others there. When I handed it back I was told to go back to the waiting room. About 5 minutes later a nurse called me and took me to a room where we discussed my vaccination record. I had a problem where my GP didn't have much information on record for my vaccinations when I was a child as they were done by a community doctor so to be safe (and save some coin!), I had my tetanus updated at my GP beforehand and went to a travel clinic for 2 x MMR vaccines (1month apart). I had chickenpox when I was 6 and she was happy with verbal confirmation of that. I didn't need anymore vaccinations so she signed that part off and took me to another room for a chest x-ray and then I was told to go back to the waiting room. I waited about 20 minutes and then was called by the doctor. He was very nice and told me his name was Prof. Poulter. I sat at his desk and we discussed my medical questionnaire. I have no major health issues so he wasn't worried. He asked did I have any history of alcohol or drug abuse, I told him none(I've never taken drugs and am teetotal). He asked if I had ever been in trouble with the police which I hadn't and we had a joke about that as I come from a family of police officers. He asked again about drugs and again I said none. I told him I was an ex-smoker and had stopped 4 years ago. He asked about a depressive episode (due to work related stress) which I had back in 2009 and i gave him further information and a doctors letter which I had obtained before my interview (thanks to advice from you guys!!!). He said he wasn't overly worried as I had finished taking medication in 2012 and hadn't had any problems since then. He then told me he had to do an examination and did I require a chaperone which I declined as I had no problem with it. I had to put on a gown and he checked my eyes, ears, throat, prodded my stomach and then checked knee reflexes and feet. He took my blood pressure and pulse on my ankle. Then he took a blood test. He had trouble getting the tourniquet off and had to shake it around a bit and I think because of this, when he took the needle out, my arm wouldn't stop oozing. I had to put pressure on it for about 10 minutes. During this time he measured my height, weight and checked my eyesight with a chart. He said he was happy with everything and didn't need anything further when I asked if my GP letter was alright. He wished me luck and then I went back to the waiting room. I was there for about 5 minutes and the receptionist called me back to the reception and I paid £330 and she gave me back my passport and a record of vaccinations which was for me to keep. I asked when it would be sent to the embassy and she said 7 working days. I asked was she sure they didn't require anything else as I live in Scotland so would be kinda difficult to get back and she said no and that the doctor had signed me off pending results of tests! All in all, it was a pleasant experience. It took around 1 hour 45 minutes in total. The only negative was that I had an almighty bruise on my arm after the blood incident and my flight home was cancelled which was a nightmare but the whole experience was fine and the doctor was so friendly and put me at ease. Interview - Tuesday 21st August 9.30am After my flight nightmare for the medical, my dad and I drove to London (which took about 7 hours) the night before and stayed with a relative in Surrey. I called Knightsbridge on Monday 20th August to check if my medical results had been sent (since I've noticed people having problems with that recently on this site) and the lady on the phone confirmed that they were sent the week before. I arrived at the embassy on Tuesday 21st August around 8.40am and went to the kiosk where I was told to go back at 9am as this was the earliest they could let me in and skip the queue and go straight to the desk. My dad meanwhile parked in Waitrose just at the corner where you can park for 2 hours as long as you are using the shop and he went into the cafe there. I went back to the kiosk at 9am and the lady asked for my passport and DS160 and told me to go through the security, into the building and go straight to the desk and don't wait in any queues as they are for non-immigrant visas. I went through the airport style security and into the main building and when I went to the desk, the lady stuck a sticker with a number and instructions on where to go on the front of my DS160. She explained to get the lift to 1st floor and then go to window 20. Once on the first floor, it was clearly signposted. There were some seats and a few people waiting and when my number came up on the screen, it told me what window to go to. At the window, the man said he was checking my paperwork was in order. He took my passport, DS160, original birth certificate, original marriage certificate, original police certificate and one visa photograph. He took my fingerprints and completed a form and asked when I plan to travel. I told him as soon as possible if approved! He said I have to travel within 6 months. He then told me that because London is now PIVOT, I won't receive an envelope to take with me. I'll only receive my passport with visa page and a disc with my x-ray on it for me to keep. I asked if they had received my medical results already and he said yes. He kept my original documents and told me to go back to the seats and wait to be called by an immigration officer for my interview. After about 20 minutes I was called to another window and the lady asked me to raise my right hand and swear an oath that all the information I had given was true. She then took my prints again and asked me: 1. How did I meet my husband? 2. When? 3. Where does he live? 4. Is it his own house or apartment? I answered all the questions and she typed some information into the computer and said "I don't see any issues so we're going to go ahead and issue your visa and you'll get your passport back within two weeks". She gave me back my birth certificate, marriage certificate and police certificate. I thanked her and that was it!!! Really easy. I was a bag of nerves but after all the worrying and stress, that was all there was to it!!! I checked CEAC when I got home last night and it says "Issued" already (same day as interview). I haven't received anything from courier yet though so not sure when I will receive my passport back. I hope this helps someone and if anyone has any questions, feel free to message me!
  18. Hey everyone- My British wife finally got assigned an interview date in the London embassy, scheduled 17 days after our notification. Official guides we had been sent said to wait until the interview was scheduled before arranging a medical exam. Immediately after getting the interview date, she called the medical clinic and they said there weren't any appointment slots available until the day after the interview, which we grabbed. Now we know that she won't be able to get a formal visa approval at the interview because technically the application documents are incomplete- Does anyone have any advice on how to avoid/resolve this? They said there is a long waitlist for filling in cancelled slots so that doesn't seem to be a viable option. Any idea how long it would take the medical clinic to send records to embassy/get approval? Any way to expedite that process? Thanks! -B
  19. Jmc1

    O1 visa UK medical bus

    My British colleague lives in US on an O1 visa. He has been advised by his lawyer that to get a green card, he will need to make a trip back to UK to get a medical done by the Knightsbridge London USCIS approved visa doctor, and then he will return a month or so later for his Green Card interview (so two return trips from US to UK, Knightsbridge had advised him to leave 2wks between the medical and interview, which is more than the 5 working days on their website). These two trips are necessary due to work commitments, as he will not be able to stay in UK for long enough to do both medical and interview in one go (although he could probably do just one trip if Knightsbridge were able to commit to sending the medical results within their usual 5x days). Our questions are… 1. He hasn’t had the required MMR vaccine, which from my experience I’ve flagged to him is done in two stages at least 28 days apart. He does not have time to have the first one now before having the second one during his medical in London. IF he has MMR 1/2 injection in London (therefore incomplete), will this cause any delay for getting his green card after the interview? Or does he need to figure out a new medical date to get MMR today in US and then have injection 2/2 during his medical in London? 2. He has lived in US for around 7 years, so will bring a letter from his US doctor stating he does not have any current medical issues. Does he also need to get a letter from his old UK doctor too (only this seems to be a new requirement for the UK medical, but I assume the wording of it being from your UK doctor is general as the majority of people attending this medical will be current UK residents)? Thank you very much!
  20. Shaque

    Interview before medical

    Hello everyone, my husband just got his interview date yesterday for August 15th. When he called Knightsbridge for medical appointment they didn’t have any date available before August 25th. Has anyone here attended interview before their medical was done? I emailed the embassy and they said go to the scheduled interview and when they ask for medical tell them about the date.
  21. Hey all, Firstly, I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have been so supportive with answering questions and helping me stay sane throughout this whole process. Today I was approved for my K1 visa in London!! Here's my medical and interview experience. Getting a cancellation - My initial medical was booked for the end of July, but I am desperate to get to the U.S ASAP and we do have our heart set on an August wedding so I decided to call Knightsbridge 2-3 times a day to try and snag an earlier appointment. Despite being told that this was almost impossible, I was very determined and called at the same time every day. On the 6th of July, I called around midday and they had just had a cancellation for the 9th at 8.50am. Woohoo!!! My medical appointment - 09 July - 8.50am So I was SUPER nervous for this, firstly because I hate being at all naked in front of strangers and also because I was worried about past mental health issues being a problem and possibly causing a delay. Due to anxiety, I arrived at about 7.30am Found the medical office, which was obviously closed. Walked around for awhile, checked my paperwork around 20x and sat on a bench around the corner until they opened. I went in at 8.40am and was the first person there, the receptionist was very polite but asked me to take a seat until 8.50am. At 8.50 she called me to the front desk and took all of my required documents: Photographs, passport, medical questionaire, police certificate etc. She also gave me their slightly longer medical questionaire and a little cup to pee in. After filling that in, I returned it - along with my pee - and then she asked me to wait in the waiting room again until I was called. So, I was called at around 9.30 by a young male doctor - He was a young, British asian guy (I forgot his name) but he was lovely and very professional and he told me right away that I wouldn't have any internal or intimate exam and that he would take blood sample. He first had me sign my photo and confirm that I didn't mind having a male doctor/didn't need a chaperone. Then he asked me about my medical questionaire (Confirmed no other health issues) and then asked about my history of depression. I explained that I have had anxiety during stressful periods (Like this visa process!!!) when my mother was ill and during university... I had low mood due to my anxiety and stress and had a letter from my doctor explaining that I'm not at harm to others. He looked over everything and said he felt everything looked fine however, my GP letter was quite short so, he said that if I could get a longer letter from my GP, it would help to insure that the embassy did not call him for more information from me in the future and cause delays. I asked him if it would cause any delays on the medical side and he said that as long as my GP letter arroved within 5 days, my information would still arrive at the embassy within the promised 7 days. Fab! He then asked me to stand in front of an exam table and read the letters from the opposite wall for an eye test. After that, I got on the table and he looked in my ear, took my temperature, my blood pressure and then took some blood (standard test for syphilis). He then looked in my mouth/back of my throat and finally asked me to lay on my back so he could listen to my heart and poke my stomach lol. Nothing to worry about! The most awkward part was him poking my stomach and it really wasnt that awkward. That was that. The doctor kept my passport and told me to wait in the waiting room for the Xray technician. I was called less that 5 minutes later by a very friendly man who told me to go behind a curtain, take my top and bra off and put on a gown. The xray just took a few minutes and although he said he couldn't tell me anything - I did look over at the image myself and based on the extensive medical knowledge I aquired from watching 15 seasons of Greys Anatomy, I concluded that my lungs looked fantastic The technician took me straight through to the nurse - who was also lovely - she quickly told me that everything was fine with my vaccinations, she signed off my paperwork and told me not to lose it because I will need it in the states for AOS and that was it. I went to reception, they gave me a form with the email address for getting my additional GP information to them, they returned my passport to me and then I paid 330GBP and left. SIDENOTE: I had actually already asked my GP Surgery for a longer letter the week before and had been waiting for it, so right after my visa medical, I called them again to ask if it was ready and it was but they refused to email it to me because they could only take cash payments!! This was a major issue because my doctors office is in Bristol and I had just moved to London the week before. I absolutely flipped out on over the phone because they had told me previously that I could pay over the phone for the letter and get it by email GRRRR. This ended up causing a 4 day delay as I had to get a friend in Bristol to go over and pay them the 30GBP for me. Ridiculous!! I love the NHS but who tf can't take payments by card or over the phone in 20-bloody-18.... Anyway.... The GP letter got to Knightsbridge on the 12th of July. I called Knightsbridge to confirm receipt on the 13th and I was told that the doctor was looking at it and if all was well my packet would be shipped to the embassy within 48hours. On the 16th, I called to ask if it had been sent and I was told again that my packet was ready for collection within 48hours... *Time to freak out because my interview was on the 18th* At this point I was convinced that my medical would be late for interview and I was so sad. I felt like I was being annoying and didn't want to call again so got my fiancee to call on the 17th - They finally said it would be going out on that day as soon as the courier arrived but I half didn't believe them and I thought it was still too late for the medical paperwork to be seen by the embassy in time for my interview. I nearly cancelled at the last minute but luckily I didnt. Interview day! 18th July - 11.00am Of course I was early. I only live 25minutes away but arrived at 9.30 (lol why am I this way!!?? ) It was very warm this morning so I sat by the pond/lake outside the embassy and tried to chill out. At 10.00, my mom works nearby so came to meet me, told me to get a grip lol! and sat with me until I could go in at 10.40am. There were two women outside the entrance checking DS-160 and passport information. They instructed me where to go and then I went through the airport style entrance. I actually set the entrance alarm off twice when walking through even though my belt and watch etc was off and the security guard couldn't figure out why but let me through and into the embassy anyway!!! Once inside, there was only one person in the queue in front of me who was there for K1 too. I showed my passport and DS-160 again and was instructed to 'go to the first floor - turn left and left again and sit in front of cubicles 20-21' My number was called after about 10 minutes and I think the lady who checked my paperwork was in training as she had a man in the background who she kept showing my documents to for confirmation that she was doing things correctly. She asked for my passport, DS-160, Birth certificate, Affidavit or support and my fiancees 2017 tax return. She gave me everything back but kept my passport and then gave me a disk with my Xray on it - The had recieved my medical!!! GO KNIGHTSBRIDGE!!! The officer was very polite and made convo about where I was moving too - She went to college in the same state. After about 10 minutes, she said everything was fine, took my fingerprints and then I sat down and waited to be called to the next window. I waited for what felt like forever but was really about 20 minutes and I was called to the next booth. The lady asked me my name and I raised my hand and took an oath that I was being honest. She then asked me just two questions - How me and my finance met and where I planned to live. She took my fingermarks and that was it!! It was less than 5 minutes and she just said "Okay everything looks great so your visa will be with you within 1-2 weeks" AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! That was it!!!! Praying my passport is returned ASAP without any issues and then I'm out of here and back with my man <3 Sorry for the loooong post but brevity has never been my strong point. If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them, Good Luck everyone!!
  22. K-1/AoS (US/UK - LONDON) UKer's be Warned: BCG, Knightsbridge-Bentinck Mansions, Incomplete Medical and Document Errors Many people born outside of the United States have been given a vaccine called Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). People who were previously vaccinated with BCG may received a TB skin test to test for TB infection. Vaccination with BCG may cause a false-positive reaction to a TB skin test. A positive reaction to a TB skin test may be due to the BCG vaccine itself or due to infection with TB bacteria. This is my second warning about Knightsbridge - Bentinck Mansions (civil surgeon) in London. Although, the appointment ease, examination, courtesy and length of lobby wait time/examination time were all good. Knightsbridge has, now, made 2 - yes TWO - errors on our case that has caused delays, some major complications/inconveniences and additional fees. 1st error (April 2017): £299 Medical Exam fee Although not a horrible delay, but an unnecessary delay and inconvenience. Knightsbridge rings my husband 4 days prior to his interview (1.5 weeks after medical exam). A clinical error occured and he had to come back to London and sign a few documents before the medical would sent to the Embassy. Apparently, they forgot to have my husband sign a couple of documents. No remorse or consideration that my husband lived almost 1.5 hours away and couldn't just hop on over. His interview was in 4 days, and there wasn't enough time to give notice to his employer about the additional time off. He signed them prior to his interview and the civil surgeon took 10 days to get everything to the Embassy. Chest x-ray: Negative (clear) Medical exam: No issues found US Embassy: Approved off to the States! AoS Interview (April 30th 2018): USCIS is unable to complete your case at this time. The vaccination record (DS 3025) was not properly completed. You will have to have Part 8, Vaccination Records completed by a designated civil surgeon. In the case, you must submit Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9 of Form I-693. NOTE: We are NOT the first w/ incomplete medical and vaccination forms. We personally know of 3 others from England who experienced the same issue. IMHO - That's 3 to many!!!! RFE issued @ Interview: Submit a complete Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a USCIS Civil Surgeon. We will not accept photocopied medical exams results. You must submit the original form and any original supplement completed by the Civil Surgeon to us. You and the Civil Surgeon must sign the form and it must be sent to us in a sealed envelope from the Civil Surgeon. We stopped by a civil surgeons office closest to the USCIS office located in downtown Indianapolis. They weren't able to see him and the closest schedule appointment available wasn't until May 15th. She informed us he would need a TB test (which I found odd, but oh well needs to be done right?) We live 1 hour from USCIS and 1.5 hours to the closest Civil Surgeon. (with zero traffic) PCP (May 2018): $30 co-pay plus $95 vaccinations Wellness check up and to make sure NO other Vaccinations could possibly be missing. Received a 2nd Hep A, 1st series of Heb B and TB skin test Test Results: 48-hours later TB Skin test = Positive (sent to ER/Hospital for xray) Hospital Results: $200 medical co-payment PCP: 24-hours later Chest X-ray = Negative (No signs of old or new TB in lungs/chest) PCP Results: will not issue clear TB skin test results until my husband sees a Infectious Disease Specialist The PCP was informed about BCG and how it can cause a False-Positive test result with TB Skin testing. They ignored this and demanded results from the infectious doctor. Earliest appointment for Infectious Doctor: May 29th 2018 (fees: unknown at this time) Everything so far has been submitted to our medical insurance, so we are unaware if there will be additional charges at this time. Today (May 15th 2018): $250 Medical Examination Civil Surgeon Medical Exam - Location: Indianapolis/Speedway Overall, the new medical went fairly well. We have to go back in 3 business days to pick up the sealed envelope to mail to the USCIS. We brought the x-ray final report and images with us and PCP document of Immunization records (with updated vaccines). The civil surgeon took a photo copy of the Knightsbridge doctors forms (I693 & DS 3025). He conducted his own medical exam and blood work. The mistake Knightsbridge has done caused an a LOT of frustration, additional fees, missed time from work (without pay) and travel expenses. Please make sure your vaccination forms are completed properly and toggled as being complete. Do NOT leave there with copies of everything, especially the DS 3025. Triple check that you signed EVERYTHING and have the receptionist show you. Don't just take her/their word for it.
  23. Just finished my medical, so thought I'd give a breakdown of the process for anyone who's interested. My appointment was at 10:30am. I stayed with a friend in wimbledon so left at 8:30am because I'm a worrier and had to take 2 trains. The walk from Bond Street Station is fairly easy and only took 5 mins (but I did have google maps guiding me). If you don't have a chance for breakfast or arrive 45 mins early like me and want a cup of tea/coffee, you will pass tons of places on the way but there is also a pub directly opposite Knightsbridge surgery that's open 8-11:30am for breakfast (The Coach Makers Arms). I went in at 10:15 and handed over my paperwork. The lady was very nice, handed me a cup to pee in and more forms to fill out. I handed everything back to her and went back to the waiting room. By 10:31 I had been called in for my chest X-ray which only took 5 mins, before heading back to the waiting room. The doctor called me in at around 11am. He was super friendly, we just went over my answers to the forms I filled in, he took some blood, checked my blood pressure, eyes and ears. Didn't take long at all, then back to the waiting room until the Nurse called me in to go over my vaccination records. Spoke to the nurse who was also super friendly and she informed me that I will need an update on my tetanus + diptheria, plus the flu jab. I didn't have to get them done today, but decided it was probably the easiest option. It cost £52 (40 for T+Dpth, 12 for flu). All in all, everyone was really friendly, there was a bit of waiting around, took around 80 mins total. Provided there are no problems she said the embassy will have my results in 5 days.
  24. Overall, my experience with Knightsbridge was pleasant, but with a little more waiting than I'd have liked! My appointment was at 10:10, so I arrived at 09:50 - the location is quite tucked away, and it took me about 5 mins to figure out where I was going, even with the help of Google Maps! The streets on Google maps aren't connected, as the surrounding area has a lot of shops, so it can be hard to see where you are going but use the landmarks as best as you can! The building itself looks like a residential building, but has a plaque reading "Knightsbridge" on the door. Inside the building, you need to take the first door on your left. Reception was busy, so I had to wait 15 minutes to be seen. Then, the receptionist took my paperwork from me (including passport and passport pictures) and scanned it all in, before giving me the original copies back (minus the passport and passport picture). She then gave me a urine cup and a clipboard with a couple more forms to sign. I went to the toilet and completed the urine sample, which I returned to reception, and then sat in the waiting room and filled out my forms before returning them. 15 minutes after returning my forms (10:35 appx), a friendly gentleman called my name. He took me to the back room and explained that he would be taking my chest x-ray. He gave me a gown and directed me to the corner of the room, which had a medical curtain to pull across. He asked me to remove all items on my upper body (t-shirt, jacket, bra and necklace) and put my hair up on top of my head (in a bun) - there was a mirror with a shelf on it to keep my necklace and a hair clamp (the kind that you squeeze to open) for my hair. Luckily I had a hairband to use. Then, he asked me to stand in front of the x-ray machine with my chest pressed against it, chin resting on top and moved my arms into a strange position (like your hands ar on your hips, but not quite). He asked me to hold my breathe, then it was over and I could change back into my clothes as he developed the x-ray. He showed me my x-ray on his computer and told me it looked okay and that I could go to the waiting room again. He was really friendly and pleasant, and the experience took around 5-10 minutes. I was in the waiting room until 11:20, when I enquired at reception as I had been waiting for a while. I was told that the doctor was looking at my file and that I was next. I believe I saw Doctor Fong, and she was very pleasant. She apologised for the delay, and explained that she was having problems drawing blood samples due to the cold weather. She went through my paperwork with me and enquired in more detail about my history of mental illness (depression, anxiety and self harm) which I explained to her. She told me I'd need a letter from my GP but said I'd get more info after my test. We moved to the bed where I stood as she asked me to cover one eye and perform an eye test (simple, reading letters off the wall). Before sitting on the bed. She looked in my ears and mouth, and then asked me to change into my gown. Then, she then tested my blood pressure and my heartbeat (front of my chest and back). Then she asked me to stand up and she checked the back of my legs (unsure why), and said we'd be moving to the blood test. She asked how I was with needles and I told her that I wasn't very good with them. I was offered the opportunity to lay down or sit up on the bed (I chose to lay). She tried to draw from my left arm, but was unable to. She asked if she could try in the other arm with me sitting, which I agreed to. She drew the blood and went to write a label. When she came back, I was feeling lightheaded and dizzy, and she said I looked pale. She then moved the pillow to the bottom of the bed (so my feet were elevated above my head) and asked me to lay down for a bit. After a few minutes, she said I looked better and could slowly sit up and get dressed in my own time. Then it was explained that I would see the vaccination nurse next, and that they cannot send off the papers to the embassy until they get my letter from the GP. I returned to the waiting room for another 10 minutes, and was called by the vaccination nurse (12:00). She was very friendly and went through my papers with me. She explained that I'd need 1x MMR booster and 1x influenza vaccines and said that I can get these done at my GP or when I arrive, OR at Knightsbridge for a fee (MMR booster - £50, Influenza - £12). I asked for the vaccinations there, to get it out of the way, and again was asked how I was with needles. She was very helpful in preparing me, and explained the symptoms (achiness and tenderness, feeling hot, headaches) and how to deal with them (lots of fluid, paracetamol if needed) before performing one injection in each arm. She told me when she was going to do something ("I'm just going to touch your arm here now") and told me to take a deep breathe before the injections. Overall, she was very gentle and I had no problems. I returned to the waiting room for another 5 minutes and was called to reception at 12:25. I was given back my passport, and vaccination details and asked for a payment (£365 total). She gave me a letter to give to my GP for the mental illness check, which basically explains that I am seeking to immigrate and that the surgery need information on my general well-being, any treatments and a final ruling with regards to my mental health. She said I need to get the letter from my GP emailed or faxed over, and only after they receive that can they send my papers to the Embassy. She also explained that my blood, urine and x-ray results would come back in around 48 hours, and if there were any issues, they'd get in contact with me/ And that was it! Let me know if you have any questions and I'd be glad to answer Melodie (UK K1 filer)
  25. Hi everyone, I recently attended my medical exam at Knightsbridge on the 27th of March and have my visa interview upcoming on the 24th of April. I had prepared in advance following advice from VisaJourney. Everything mostly went smoothly but I have a request for further information to follow up that I've encountered problems with, I'll explain in full: As I have past treatment with a therapist for low mood in my medical history (and as per recommendation from your very helpful forums and guides) I brought one of those "no harm to themselves or others" letter from my GP along with printouts of the other required documents (patient summary, relevant records, etc). Unfortunately this was not deemed to be sufficient at the medical exam so was given a letter by the physician to request further information from my GP, this being an email containing a brief medical report outlining more specific details. "That's OK" I thought to myself, I knew this could happen but I'm sure my GP can get together an email outlining everything they need to hear soon enough. Booked an appointment with him promptly to get this sorted. Subsequently at the appointment with my GP it was discovered there are practically no records on my treatment...perhaps why my documentation to hand was insufficient at medical exam? There was only a referral letter from my previous GP. Obviously my GP is not confident in creating a report with no details to go by so advised me to get in contact with the therapist who treated me and kindly request the information needed. Then bad news from the therapist today...admin costs aside, it will take 14 days minimum for her to create the report and only able to guarantee that she can complete it by the 27th of April. Argh!!! This is a problem when my visa interview is booked for April 24th... I had left almost a month's time between medical exam and visa interview as a "cushion" just in case too... So I am now unsure of the best course of action. Here's where I stand: at my medical examination when given request for further information the physician understood that it can often be difficult to get the information in time ahead of the interview, suggesting that I keep my appointment date and that if time is running out to get in touch and they'll "try to sort something out" with the embassy. However I'm honestly not sure if I feel I can depend on this, might I just be better rebooking my appointment a bit later to avoid any issues and have everything prepared? Perhaps it would it be a good idea to get in touch with Knightsbridge? I'm open to suggestions especially if anyone has had any similar experiences. Thanks!
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