Today we went for our medicals for Australia, the very last thing we need to do in the emigration process. 😛
Even though the Australian Department of Immigration haven’t requested them from us yet, our agent advised us to get our police checks and medicals done straight away because a decision on our application is hopefully due any time now.
We phoned around the list of approved doctors a couple of weeks ago to to see who could fit us in and how much it would cost. It turned out that Huddersfield could fit us in quickly and, at Â£310, it was much cheaper than Manchester were asking. Seeing as it’s only a pleasant 15 minute drive over the moors to Huddersfield, it was a bonus not having to go into Manchester too. 😉
So this morning we went over to Elland Hospital to have chest x-rays done. Being a private BUPA hospital, it was very nice, efficient and spotlessly clean. We were in and out in less than half an hour.
We then had to go to a health centre next to Lindley Hospital for the actual medical. To be honest we’ve been dreading having our medicals for ages; our token health kicks over the past few months have’t really made a great deal of difference to our (un)fitness. 😐
It wasn’t too bad though. Most of it revolved around a nine page health questionnaire, with a few physical examinations to make sure that we are able bodied and not likely to be a drain on the Australian health system. They checked eyes, ears, teeth, feet, reflexes, blood pressure and took urine and blood samples. :-ss
Thankfully there were no obvious causes for concern so, subject to the x-rays and blood tests coming back clear, that’s it. We’ll arrange for the results to be couriered over to Sydney next week and once they’ve arrived we’ll pester our agent to get things moving.:smile:
I’ve ducked the Wigan game tonight so that Sara and I can celebrate completing our visa application. 😀
Edit: Test results and x-rays came back all clear and are now on their way to Sydney by DHL. 🙂