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Ambulance/Paramedic Driver Medicals

As an ambulance driver, you will be called upon to drive safely and at speed in a variety of emergency situations. Not only does this require keen driving skills and confidence, it also requires good physical health.


One way to ensure this is achieved is by undergoing a D4 medical examination, which is specifically designed for those in driving roles within the healthcare sector.  It certifies that anyone who takes on this challenging role is in good health to carry out their duties.


Do I require a D4 medical?


Emergency driving can be challenging, and it is essential that drivers are in good health to handle the physical and emotional demands of the role. Many colleges and universities now require potential students to have completed a D4 medical before they can join a paramedic course.


Anyone currently employed as a paramedic or ambulance driver, as well as students in training, and who passed their driving test on or after 1 January 1997, are required to undergo a medical examination before being allowed to drive an ambulance. However, those who passed their driving test before this period will automatically be granted the C1 category on their licence.


The frequency of D4 medicals varies depending on your age and medical history. In general, ambulance and paramedic drivers must undergo a D4 medical examination every five years. In some cases, a more frequent examination may be required, such as if you have a medical condition that requires regular monitoring.


What is checked during a D4 medical?


The D4 medical examination for ambulance and paramedic drivers is a comprehensive assessment that covers a range of health checks to ensure that you meet the standards required to operate an emergency vehicle safely. It can only be carried out by a qualified doctor who will fully assess your overall health and fitness to drive.


The checks include vision, hearing, blood pressure, and urine analysis, among others. The doctor will also ask about your medical history, including any previous injuries, illnesses, or medical conditions that could impact your ability to drive safely.


Why is it important?


Emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, require a high level of driving skill and experience to operate safely, especially during critical situations where time is of the essence. It’s crucial to ensure that ambulance and paramedic drivers are fit and healthy to perform their job effectively.


By undergoing the D4 medical examination, ambulance and paramedic drivers can be confident that they are in good health to perform their job safely and reduce the risk of accidents or incidents on the road. The examination also helps to identify any potential risks or issues that may need to be addressed, such as an underlying medical condition that requires treatment.


A relaxed and comfortable D4 medical with Dr Lisa


If you are an ambulance or paramedic driver requiring a D4 medical examination, Dr Lisa offers comprehensive medical assessments that meet the DVLA standards required for driving. The examination takes place at her safe, modern clinic in central London at a time and date convenient for you.


The examination will take place at either her safe, modern clinic in central London or at a different location in North London. Please call 07940306316 to discuss the most convenient time and location for you. Evenings and weekend appointments are available also.

Dr Lisa Briscoe Chavda BSc MBBS MRCP DFSRH MRCGP
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