Can I refer myself confidentially to avail of Occupational Health Service?
Absolutely, as a staff member you can contact the clinic directly to avail of this free service.
Why have I been referred to the OHS?
Your file has been referred to the OHS by your manager for the purpose of an independent review of your health in relation to your work.
Will I have to present for assessment?
Sometimes it is not necessary and OHS can make a decision on whether is necessary for you to attend or if a paper based decision can be made about your fitness for work.
If required to attend for assessment, who am I about to attend?
You will attend an Occupational Health Practitioner either a nurse or a doctor- whose area of interest and qualification is work, health, ability and disability and any circumstances where work and health interfere with each other.
What happens if I decide I don’t want to attend?
Most people are happy to attend OHS, and find the consultation very helpful and supportive. If you decide not to attend, your manager will be informed of your decision. Your case will be further progressed by your manager without the benefit of medical advice.
What is involved in an Occupational Health Assessment?
It is likely the Occupational Health Practitioner has been sent a referral note by your manager asking him/her to address certain issues relating to your health and fitness for work. The Occupational Health Practitioner will start the assessment by discussing your role in work and your occupational history and will then proceed to assess the reason for your referral, the nature of your medical complaints and associated work absence. At the end of the history taking, if it's appropriate the Occupational Health Practitioner may do a physical examination.
What about the confidentiality of my medical history?
Everything that goes on in the assessment is entirely confidential, between you and the Occupational Health Practitioner. You can tell the Occupational Health Practitioner anything you like during this assessment and you may be reassured that nothing will be disclosed to any other party without your consent. In the report to the manager the OHS will not disclose personal or confidential information. The OHS does however provide an opinion and relevant details including fitness for work and necessary restrictions and accommodation in the workplace.
What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?
Please bring with you the name of any medication you are taking, details of your GP and hospital Specialist, copies of any letters written to your GP by the Specialist, if you have them.
What will be in the report?
The Occupational Health Practitioner will write a report to your manager that will include, recommendations regarding your fitness for work and likely timescale of return to work and any adjustments/restrictions required. This will help your manager to know how to accommodate your needs in the workplace.
Can I have a copy of the report?
Yes, you may request a copy from your manager or you may request a copy of the report on applying to the Occupational Health Service in writing, citing the Data Protection Act.
Can someone come with to my appointment?
Yes, you are welcome to take a friend or relative with you if you like.