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HEPATITIS VACCINE SHORTAGES - There is currently a Global shortage of both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines which is expected to last until early 2018. Because of this, in line with the recommendations from Public Health England, we are currently unable to offer these vaccines.

Jul-17: 194 people failed to attend their GP/nurse appointment!  This is equal to 32.5 hours of wasted appointments!  With increased demand for GP and nursing services and very little extra funding to facilitate this rise, reducing the DNA (did not attend) rate could make a significant difference to appointment availability.  PLEASE...if you cannot make your appointment, let us know ASAP so we can offer it to someone else.

Pre-employment Health Screenings & Assessments 

Every company knows that the key to on-going success and development is the successful recruitment of employees.  This allows the organisation to operate efficiently and cost effectively.  Making pre-employment assessments part of the recruitment process demonstrates early commitment to the welfare of your employees and how their value is perceived. 

What are the benefits to you?

  1. Informed recruitment and deployment.  
  2. Compliance with current legislation (DDA)
  3. Reduced risk of sickness absence
  4. Reduced risk and cost of litigation
  5. Reduced staff turnover
  6. Reduced long term costs

Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is an efficient and effective method of ensuring organisations adhere to legal requirements.  Every job has an element of risk, but some more so than others.  By introducing surveillance and carrying out a variety of tests on employees, theses requirements can be met more easily.

Tests available include:

  • Lung function tests
  • Audiometry tests
  • Eye tests
  • Skin assessments
  • Hand/Arm vibration tests (HVAs)
  • Fork lift truck medical
  • Working at heights medical
  • Pregnancy assessment
  • General health assessment and advice

Sickness Absence Management

Sickness absence can have a damaging impact on the profitability and success of any business, but by being proactive and effectively managing absence this can be reduced.  Occupational Health can play a fundamental role in supporting managers and human resource professionals, effectively managing employees back to work as quickly as possible.

Services include: 

  1. Occupational health advice to management and human resource departments
  2. Support in the review and formulation of sickness policies
  3. Consultation with management to optimise time and cost efficiency
  4. Use of comprehensive referral documentation
  5. On-going support from an Occupational Health Advisor and Physician
  6. Guaranteed confidentiality

Return to Work & Rehabilitation

After a long period of absence, returning to work can be a difficult time for staff, especially if they have had major surgery or suffer with a chronic illness.

The Occupational Health Service can work with management to develop a realistic 'return to work and rehabilitation programme'  that will support the employee and benefit the business.

Conforming to DDA requirements can be difficult, but the occupational health staff are able to help businesses interpret the regulations and offer expert advice with regard to disability issues in the workplace.  


Pregnancy Assessments

In many workplaces there are risks which may affect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers and their child.  Working conditions normally considered acceptable may require adjustment during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

There are specific laws which require employers to protect the health and safety of their employees who are, or in the future could be a new or expectant mother.

Occupational health staff can advise managers on how to undertake a health risk assessment and suggest or recommend the necessary safe systems of working that should be implemented.  This will ensure the company is operating within the confines of the required regulations.  


Work Station Assessments & Night Worker Assessments

These assessments provide a risk assessment of workplaces to ensure appropriate comfort and compliance by employers to ergonomic requirements laid down by the Health and Safety Executive.

They can also be undertaken for individuals who are suffering some discomfort that is hampering their work to try and suggest solutions that might alleviate the situation. 


Immunisations and Tests

Under COSHH guidelines, employers have a responsibility to assess the risk of infection for employees and others whose work may place them at risk.  Our occupational health advisors can assess each individual situation, give advice and immunise appropriately. 

We currently offer:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine course or booster
  • Mantoux test (Tuberculosis) 
  • BCG vaccine
  • Hepatitis A vaccine 
  • Hepatitis B & C antibody test 
  • Hepatitis B surface antigen test
  • Hepatitis B core test 
  • Rubella antibody test
  • Varicella Zoster antibody test (chicken pox) 
  • MRSA swab    
  • HIV test

Further Information

If you would like further information on any of our services and prices, please contact the Business Manager - Christina Fielding, on 01603 251625 or email christina.fielding@nhs.net

If you would like to make an appointment please contact Occupational Health on 01603 592174.

 
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