Bespoke fitness for work medicals help ensure your employees are safe to fulfil their duties. These medicals may include hearing, vision, blood pressure, urinalysis, height and weight and musculoskeletal tests and can be completed on site to reduce time away from work (minimum numbers apply) or at our Luton clinic.
Sickness absence/case management can be offered to a member of staff to help manage their sickness absence. Early intervention can prevent employees being off work for extended amounts of time. Our team will work with the employee to understand the cause(s) of the absences and offer advice to both the individual and their employer to help reduce time off work.
Once we have received a completed referral from an employee’s line manager or HR department, Polbridge Health will contact them to arrange an appointment to see an Occupational Health Advisor, Physiotherapist or Occupational Health Physician. Telephone appointments can also be arranged if appropriate. Written reports are returned to managers and/or HR via a secure OH database in line with consent options.
Under the Equality Act 2010 any employee with a long term health condition, as well as expectant and new mothers may be entitled to reasonable adjustments at work. As independent occupational health professionals we can meet with your employee to discuss their condition, advise on whether they are likely to be covered by the Equality Act and make recommendations for adjustments that the organisation might consider.
Healthy Heart checks, Love your lungs, women’s health, Men’s health and many more. Help raise awareness and offer support and advice for clients to manage their own health.
As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. We describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time. Our assessments take approximately 30 minutes and include recommendations for adjustments or alternative equipment.
We will screen for up to 10 substances on site with immediate results. If substances are indicated the sample will be sent off for further analysis and confirmation. Chaperones can be provided at additional cost. Advice and support will be given if required.
Blood pressure is taken manually and appropriate advice given. Clients with concerning results are sent to their own GP for further assessment and treatment. If an employee’s blood pressure is considered as putting their safety, or those they work with, at risk we may advise temporary changes to their work activities. Once treatment has commenced, they should be able to return to their normal duties.
Spirometry measures the health of your lungs by measuring the speed of a breath exhaled with the most force you can produce. We use a simple portable spirometer, fitted with a disposable mouthpiece, connected to a computer, which you breath into as hard as you are able. Exposure to certain substances such as smoke, dust, asbestos, fumes and gasses may affect your lung function, if a decrease in lung function is identified we can refer you for further investigation, which could result in prompt action to avoid developing a serious health condition.
Hearing tests, using a modern audiometer, are performed in a hearing booth at our clinic Luton Airport. Tests can be done on site using portable equipment. Audiometry appointment usually take about 20 minutes and include a questionnaire and expert examination. We can refer any employee with abnormal results for further investigations and treatment. Can be part of health surveillance or a single test.
Appointments with a Physiotherapist can be arranged for employees that have musculoskeletal problems. A course of physiotherapy can speed up recovery and return full duties.
Our comprehensive medical for employees applying for an airside driver permit includes: Health questionnaire. vision screening including near and distance, colour and peripheral vision, whisper test, blood pressure, urinalysis and drug and alcohol screening.
Height and weight is measured and body mass index calculated.Alternatively height, weight, waist measurement and suprailiac skin fold measured to estimate body composition. We will then offer advice on healthy lifestyle and can provide individual support for clients to manage their own health.
Our team will complete a thorough examination to ascertain the medical fitness of a fire-fighter for active duty. In line with the latest recommendations our fire-service medicals include an electro-cardiogram, abdominal and musculoskeletal examination by an OHP, blood pressure, vision tests, hearing test, urinalysis, drug and alcohol screening and health and lifestyle questionnaire. The medical can be tailored to reflect the internal policies of individual fire services.
The medical is completed in conjunction with an aerobic fitness and strength assessment, usually completed by the service’s physical trainer, evidence of which must be provided at the time of the medical. If the service cannot complete the physical fitness assessment, we can offer this at additional cost.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome can develop from the use of hand-held power tools and causes significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints). HAV’s is preventable. We provide tier 1, 2, 3 or 4 surveillancein accordance with the Control of Vibration Regulation. Further referral may be needed for tier 5 surveillance.
Spirometry is a simple test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can breathe out in one forced breath. It’s carried out using a device called a spirometer. Can be part of health surveillance or a single test.
Employees exposed to certain irritants should have skin surveillance. Employees are asked to complete a questionnaire and anyone reporting adverse reactions will be invited to an appointment with an occupational health advisor.
Urine test for glucose, blood and protein. The results are discussed with the employee and appropriate advice is offered. If the results suggest further investigation, we can refer to the individual’s GP.
Immunisations for a number of diseases can be provided including Hepatitis and Seasonal flu. Contact us if you have a specific immunisation request.
As standard our vision testing uses an Amplivox VT1 vision screener. In addition to distance and near vision assessment this modern technology tests for peripheral vision in both the horizontal and vertical planes and ensures a consistently high standard of testing, removing the possibility of human error. Colour vision is tested using an Ishihara Plates.