Ipsum Health provide Overseas Work and Travel Visa Medicals for those looking to work abroad, either in the short or long-term. Ipsum Health provide both standard VISA medicals and individual assessments and we can guide you through each stage of the medical process.
A visa medical is medical which has been specifically developed to ensure your medical suitability for staying long or short-term within a specific country. The country in question most likely have their own specific form which needs to be completed as part of the process. This form will indicate the tests or vaccination required to grant the visa.
However, depending on your type of employment and country you are travelling to there may be different and non-standard entry requirements. If it is part of employment, you may also be required to undergo examination to rule that you are medically suitable for a particular role in that country or able to work under specific conditions.
Most countries outside of the EU will require some form of medical if you are applying for a work or residential travel visa. However, we routinely provide visa medicals for the following countries:
We also provide vaccinations required for travel as part of our Travel Vaccine Clinic.
Firstly, we recommend that you send us any forms that need completing as part of the medical. From there we will request a full breakdown of the requirements of the medical from one of our experienced doctors. We will then provide you with the full costing and likely turnaround of the test results and report. If you are happy to proceed, we will then arrange a suitable appointment for you.
Prior to the medical you may be asked to provide supporting information, such as identification, passport photos and a summary of your NHS medical records. This is not your full medical records, but the summary sheet indicating past medical contacts with your GP and any medications. NHS practices should be able to provide this to you within a few days.
During the medical, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire, either by yourself or with the doctor. This will ask you about you or your family's medical history or current medical conditions.
We may then ask you to provide a blood and/or urine sample, which will be sent to the labs for testing. The clinician or administrator should be able to give you an indication of the likely turn-around times and the completed medical report. If you have any additional screens, we will undertake them or refer you to the appropriate hospital or clinic.
Once we have all the results of the tests and screens, we will complete the medical form and send this to you.
Finally, to access the country in question, you may be required to have had certain vaccinations. If you have not had these vaccines, we can usually provide these to you during the appointment. Some countries will require that you are able to prove either that you have had the vaccine or that you have had the vaccine and you have a level of immunity. We can also provide a testing service for proving immunity.
The cost of the visa medical will vary greatly depending on what is required. Generally, the medical cost is based on 3 things. The cost of the time with the doctor, the cost of the tests and screens and the cost of any required vaccines. We can provide you with an overall costing of your medical once we have all the information about the requirements of the medical.
You should begin the process as soon as you can. In most circumstances the test results are back within a day or two. However, some tests may take longer to come back to us and they then they also need to be reported on. If you do require vaccination, these can be as part of a vaccine schedule requiring two or more vaccinations. Some schedules can take a number of months to complete and become effective.
Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment at any one of our occupational health clinics.
Our admin hours are 08:30 to 17:00. Outside of these hours you can send us a message or request a callback.
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