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Drivers Health Check

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If you rely on your employees to use their car or a company vehicle as part of their job, you have a legal duty of care to ensure they are fit to drive.  

Our Drivers Health Check can help you to meet your obligations.   Each assessment is carried out on your premises and takes approximately 30 minutes per person.  To view our requirements to provide the health checks, click here.
Health Questionnaire

This is a vital part of the assessment as it allows the nurse consultant to identify current or potential health problems. The questionnaire is usually given to each employee to complete prior to their assessment. To view an example of a health questionnaire, click here.


Blood Pressure Check

Approximately 16 million people have high blood pressure in the UK and many more may be unaware they have this condition. In most cases, a raised blood pressure indicates damaged arteries and is a sign that damage may be quite advanced. However, the sooner it is detected, the better chance a person has to prevent further damage to health. The nurse consultant also records the pulse pressure from the BP reading, which is a predictor of stroke risk.


Pulse Check

A normal, resting pulse should be between 60 - 70 beats per minute. People who are unfit or have cardiovascular disease will often have a faster pulse rate, unless they take medication that affects this. The nurse consultant checks for rate, rhythm and strength of the pulse.


Weight and Height

Checking the employee’s weight and height will determine Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a scoring system used by the medical profession to ascertain if someone is underweight, overweight or obese for their height.
Requirements

For the most efficient use of your time and ours, we prefer that the employees have booked their time slots in advance. This is normally arranged by a nominated member of staff and printed out and handed to the nurse on arrival. For a sample appointment sheet, which you can adapt for your own company, click here.

If the Drivers Health Checks are booked as a full-day session, a 30 minute break should be included for the nurse during the day.

A room or private area is required for the consultations and if two nurses are requested, a separate room would be necessary for each nurse.

The room should have a  table, two chairs and access to a power supply.


To discuss offering Drivers Health Checks to your staff, click here to contact us.
Waist Measurement

The nurse consultant will check this measurement as it is a useful predictor of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Urine Test

This checks for the presence of blood, ketones, glucose and protein in your urine and also checks the pH.  An abnormal result may flag up a variety of conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or an infection.


PulmoLife™

This medical device measures Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) from the lungs to check for early signs of Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease. This is particularly useful for smokers or those working in a dusty or smoky environment.


Peak Flow

This test is similar to the PulmoLife™ for checking lung function and measures the amount of air expelled in one big breath.  It is measured in litres per minute and your score is compared to a chart to check if your lung capacity is normal.  Smokers and asthmatics often have a lower than predicted score.


Pulse Wave Analysis
Pulse Health Screening is the only company in the area offering this test. The pain-free medical device, the CardioCheck™ has undergone clinical trials in St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. It measures pulse wave velocity, to determine arterial stiffness, which is an early indicator of cardiovascular disease, even before blood pressure starts to rise. The device is also able to estimate the biological age of a person’s arteries. It is not unusual to find someone aged 40 with the arteries equivalent to someone of 65. By discovering this early, it is possible to prevent the development of cardiovascular disease by implementing simple lifestyle changes.




Lifestyle Advice

At the end of the health assessment, the nurse consultant gives appropriate diet and lifestyle advice according to the results from each employee. This is given in a booklet and also includes a record of the results from each test.



If any abnormality is detected during the assessment, which requires further investigation by a doctor, the employee will be given a letter to take to their GP.

Male driver
Below, is an explanation about the individual assessments included in the Drivers Health Check.
Personal Profile Booklet