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HGV Driver Medicals

The examination will take place at either her safe, modern clinic in central London or at a different location in North London. If you cannot find a suitable time on the booking form, please call 07940306316 to discuss the most convenient time and location for you. Evenings and weekend appointments are available also.

Driving a heavy goods vehicle is a skilled role that comes with a great deal of responsibility. Drivers are in charge of a powerful vehicle that needs to be handled with care. Drivers are also on the road for long periods of time and need to stay alert and concentrated. To ensure that drivers are able to carry out their duties safely they are required to undergo a medical to check their health status.


Who needs an HGV Driver Medical?


Anyone who wishes to drive an HGV will need to show evidence that they are medically fit enough to do so. In practical terms, this means they will have to undergo a medical test before they will be issued their HGV licence.


If the driver is under 45, this initial medical will last until their 45th birthday. After that, they will need to successfully complete a medical every 5 years until their 65th birthday. Drivers over the age of 65 will need to undergo a medical every year.


What is checked during a D4 HGV Medical?


The medical examination will check your physical and mental health is up to the required standard to safely drive a heavy goods vehicle in the UK. The HGV driver examination is made up of two parts.


During the first part of the examination the doctor will talk to you about any existing medical conditions that may impact how you drive. The doctor will also want to go through your medical history. Candidates are required to be honest with the doctor and upfront about any physical or mental health conditions that they have experienced. Admitting to health challenges in the past will not automatically bar you from driving, but being found to have omitted information or having been dishonest could have serious consequences at a later stage.


The second part of the process is a physical examination. During this examination, the doctor will check you are healthy enough to be able to drive safely by checking your blood pressure as well as an examination of the heart and the lungs. The doctor is required to check your eyesight, including your visual acuity and total field of vision. Less than perfect eyesight is not a bar to driving as long as you are willing and able to wear corrective lenses. Other issues that will be tested include your heart health.


Your medical history will be consulted for signs of any neurological issues, sleep disorders, diabetes, mental health or addiction problems. If you have experienced any of these issues but have not sought medical treatment in the past you are required to disclose them to the doctor.


The examination will usually take no longer than around 30 minutes. During the examination, the doctor will complete the D4 medical form and then submit it to the DVLA.


How can Dr Lisa help?


Dr Lisa can conduct your D4 HGV medical at a time and date that is suitable for you at her Harley Street Clinic. She provides a professional and friendly service and will be able to advise you about how you can improve your health and lifestyle as a professional driver.


Taking the private option for your HGV medical gives you control over the process, reduces the waiting time and allows you to get on with your job following a successful medical.


To find out more or to book your HGV medical appointment contact Dr Lisa and her friendly team today.

Dr Lisa Briscoe Chavda BSc MBBS MRCP DFSRH MRCGP
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