Coronavirus – COVID-19 Update 03 April 2020

We are reviewing advice and instruction from the relevant authorities on a daily basis.

INITIAL CLASS 1 MEDICALS

Taking account of all aspects of the initial Class 1 medical and our facilities, we consider that the risk associated with Initial Class 1 medicals is now unacceptable.  Regrettably we have ceased to carry out initial Class 1 medicals with immediate effect.  Any change in the situation will be notified on our website.

RENEWAL AND REVALIDATION CLASS 1 MEDICALS

Following modifications to our practice procedures we consider that renewal and revalidation medical examinations present a low risk to our staff and clients, and are continuing to carry out such examinations.

Please see CAA Official Record Series 4 No.1354, General Exemption E5026; paragraph 1 indicates that this applies wherever normal revalidation facilities are not available. Please see CAA COVID-19 Guidance for full details.

Please also note that compliance with specified additional medical surveillance, if required for an individual licence or medical certificate holder, is still required irrespective of whether the exemption applies.

If travelling you will need to check that you are able to get here.

Please do not attend during any period when you would be recommended to self-isolate following current guidelines, or are experiencing any symptoms suggestive of an infection, whether you believe it is COVID-19 or any other infectious illness.  Such symptoms might include coughs and colds, sore throat, fever, shivering, headache, lethargy etc.

Liability for expenses incurred related to cancellation of medical by Aviation Medical Services

In the event that Aviation Medical Services is unable to carry out a medical due to staff illness or isolation, or closure of the practice, or for any other reason, we will endeavour to contact applicants to advise them that we need to cancel their booking in as timely a manner as practicable.  Please note that all bookings are made on the firm understanding that we are NOT responsible for any expenses incurred in attending for an appointment (eg travel and subsistence, hotel, accommodation, time taken off work etc).

We ask for your patience during this exceptional time.

Dr David N Tallent

Head, Aeromedical Centre

03 April 2020