Managing patient requests for occupational health services
The aim of this policy is to clarify for both staff working at, and patients of, Stockwell Group Practice, our policy on providing occupational health services.
Occupational health services for patients are not part of primary medical care services. The responsibility for providing occupational health services, including pre -employment health checks and screening rests with the employer. Some general practices do provide occupational health screening under private fee arrangements. Stockwell Group Practice does not provide such services -we are not experts in occupational health medicine and we do not consider it to be the best use of available consulting time.
Pre -employment Health screening
We do not provide pre -employment health screening, the completion of pre-employment health questionnaires or pre-employment screening for blood borne viruses.
Patients may request a print out of their recorded immunisations to assist with completing medical forms
Hepatitis B Immunisation
Immunisation against Hepatitis B is provided as part of primary medical services for patients at increased risk of infection and this includes those at current or future risk by virtue of their employment.
Patients may have a pre immunisation blood test, a course of vaccinations and a post immunisation blood test to confirm immunity. Immunity may be checked every 5 years.
Patients can be provided with a copy of a post immunisation blood test result.
If patients require a certificate of immunisation this will incur a charge of £10
Immunisation for Tetanus and MMR
Patients can be immunised against tetanus and Measles mumps and rubella as part of primary medical care. Patients requesting immunisation will be immunised, if appropriate, and if they have not already completed a full course of immunisations that is for tetanus 5 doses of vaccine and MMR 2 doses of vaccine
Evidence of protection against measles includes documentation of having received 2 doses of MMR, and we do not do antibody testing .
Medical reports for Occupational Health
Doctors will provide written medical reports on a patient’s health to assist in assessment of patient’s fitness to work. These are only provided with the written consent of the patient, and only if the request is made in writing. There is a fee for medical reports, agreed in advance, which depends on the length and complexity of the report.