What is Occupational Health?
Occupational health (OH) is concerned with the health of employees in the work place.
We make sure your work does not adversely affect your health, and that your ability to work is affected as little as possible by any health condition.
Why am I having the referral?
Referrals happen for many reasons and you probably already have some idea about why you have been referred.
Managers often ask for OH referrals when they are concerned about the health of an employee. Your manager should communicate with you about the reasons behind this referral.
What will happen at the appointment?
The OH specialist will introduce him/herself and will begin by having a chat with you about your medical history and any health problems you may be experiencing.
They may then examine you, and depending on the nature of the issue may carry out tests on the following:
They may also need to measure your height and weight.
It is unlikely you will have to undress at all unless you have a particular injury or condition concealed by your clothes that needs to be examined.
Do I need to do anything?
It is useful to bring a list of any medication you are currently taking & glasses or contact lenses if worn.
If you are currently under the care of a specialist or consultant, it may be useful to bring their name(s) and contact details, and any letters you have from them about your condition. They will not be contacted without your written permission.
In the event the OH specialist does feel it would be useful to obtain further information from your GP or specialist they will discuss this with you at the time. We will never seek this information without your consent.
Otherwise, just arrive on time and don't worry. The specialist is there to offer impartial, professional advice to you and your employer to make your working life happier and healthier.
What happens to my Information?
All OH medical records are protected in the same way as GP or hospital records. Your employer will not be able to see them without your informed consent.
The occupational health specialist will produce a report for the referring manager offering their opinion.
This will not disclose any confidential information, and will only answer specific questions asked at the beginning of the referral process.
You have the right to request a copy of this report.
In the meantime...
Hopefully you now have a better idea of what to expect when you meet the occupational health specialist.
Remember, the specialist is impartial and very experienced in work related health issues.
You will be informed of when and where your appointment will take place. If this is inconvenient, please let us know as soon as possible to allow us time to make alternative arrangements.
Telephone: 03300 948900