Firstly, if you think there may be a medical issue which may affect your fitness status, make sure you contact us in advance so that we can give you guidance and advice on what additional information may be required to ensure that the issue of your medical certificate is not unnecessarily delayed.
When you arrive for your medical you will handed a folder and also a urine sample bottle to use prior to your medical. In the folder you will need to complete a MED160 (For Class 1,2) form provided by the UK CAA, in order to record your personal health and medication details. This MUST be completed before you can proceed with your medical. In the folder will also be an Epworth sleepiness questionnaire and a PHQ-9 questionnaire. The Epworth Sleepiness Questionnaire and Patient Health Questionnaire can be found under the ‘Medicals – EASA Class 2 PPL’ tab of the website, ready in PDF Format for you to complete before your medical if preferred.
In addition if you are having an initial medical you will need to fill out a Ophthalmology form called the MED162. The MED162 can be found and downloaded from the home page in order to complete. To accompany the ophthalmology form MED162 is a letter which you can take to your opticians to help the process run as quick and smooth as possible. The MED160 must be completed via the CAA portal at: https://www.caa.co.uk/medical/
Please also remember to bring a form of photographic ID along with you.
It may seem like there is a lot of paperwork but I have tried to make the medical as simple and straightforward for you as possible.
Dr Wallis has also produced an advice list concerning high blood pressure. This is because high blood pressure is one of the most common reasons for refusal or deferment of your pilots medical. Often blood pressure can be high partly due to anxiety. Please read the following recommendations to help you with your medical:
- Avoid stimulants such as coffee, coca cola for the 8 hours prior to your medical examination
- When blood pressure is being checked, take nice deep breaths
- Record your own blood pressure in the weeks (or months) leading up to your appointment, please make sure as per the CAA that you have over 14 readings. We can then average these out. Please click for a Home_blood_pressure_diary you may wish to use. If you do decide to record your own blood pressure, please measure your blood pressure by:
- Record two consecutive seated measurements, at least 1 minute apart
- Record blood pressure twice daily, ideally in the morning and again in the evening
- Record for at least 4 days and preferably for a week
(This advice is taken for the British Hypertension Society).
Please note that if we require a copy of your medical notes (this is if you have any underlying medical conditions) please contact your surgery to request your summary care record or click the request form to request in writing.
Patient Access To Medical Records
In accordance with the The UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) patients are entitled to request to see their medical records. The records can be viewed on the computer in the presence of a clinician or a copy can be printed and collected from the practice. The request must be made in writing with a signature to the Director and will be dealt with within 21 days. A doctor may refuse the right to release the medical records of a patient in certain circumstances. A fee will be charged for a copy of electronic medical records and also a fee charged for copies of paper records.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us either via telephone or email in the ‘Contact us’ tab.