Hi to all, not sure if our experience will help anyone, we recently received our PR visas after 4 years waiting, and had to go through the whole medical process,My husband is 44 and I am now 39, here was our experience:
We had a to go and have bloods in March 09, done at the hospital (private cost to us), they messed up my husbands first time round and it came back with a "weird" result, so we had to repeat (again at our cost) a couple of weeks later.
Straght after the bloods we had our "medical" with a designated Practitioner , urine, examine, lots of questions by the doctor re health generally. We then both had to have chest x rays (privately cost to us again)
My husband had a pre-existing conditions of Arthritus (althought not symptomatic at that time), so after the medical he received a letter stating that he then had to either get a full report on his condition including the prognosis from his Rheumatologist, or they would refer him privately (at our cost) to get this required report.
I had no "conditions " as such, although i do suffer from PCOS, because I was taking medication for depression (caused by my Hormone imbalance) I received a letter requesting that I visit a Pyscologist to ensure that I "was not a danger to myself or anyone else", again this was at our own cost.
As it happens all the reports came back and were accepted by the high commission, but we were not prepared for the depth and cost of the medicals, we were not told that if you take any medications , however minor they are, chances are you will be required to visit a private specialist in relating to that medication etc.
All in all our medicals with all bloods and referral fees cost in excess of £700, and we are healthly people, (i,e none of our conditions are serious) and the process took almost 5 months to complete. The downside of this is that the PR visa is 12 months from the date of your initial medical, so even if it takes 10 months to complete the whole "medical process" before you receive your visa, the visa will still start on the date you had your offical medical and cannot be extended, so you have to work quickly to validate your visa before it expires.
I cant say if any conditions are not accepted by the high commission and would result in a visa rejection, but I think people should be prepared for the cost and the time it takes to get all this stuff done.
Hope someone finds this useful