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What to expect if you are referred by your employer to CHOHS Ltd for a private and confidential occupational health consultation

Why have I been referred to CHOHS Ltd?
Your employer has referred you to an Occupational Health Specialist to help support you if you are experiencing an illness or injury which may be preventing you from carrying out your usual activities and impacting on your role at work.  This support may include:

  • Return to work rehabilitation plan
  • Reasonable adjustments in the workplace
  • Health and lifestyle advice
  • Advising your employer on how to manage your health condition in the workplace
  • Carrying out an appropriate workplace assessment

Where will the consultation take place?
Depending on your circumstances, the occupational health consultation may take place at your workplace, at the office of CHOHS Ltd, at your home address in exceptional circumstances, or more often over the telephone with an occupational health nurse.

If your consultation is taking place over the telephone we ask that you be in a private and confidential space for the duration of your appointment.  If your consultation is taking place on your employer’s premises you will be advised by your employer of the time and place of your consultation which will be in a private office.  However, if you are absent from work and you don’t wish or aren’t able to go on site, a consultation can also take place at our CHOHS Ltd office, which is based in Henleaze, Bristol.

An email will be sent to you confirming the date and time of your appointment and the address and details of how o find us if your appointment is at our office.

Who will the consultation be with?
Your private and confidential occupational health consultation will be with an experienced Occupational Health Nurse Specialist.

How long will the consultation last?
An initial consultation will probably take about an hour.  Any follow-up consultations required will probably take less than that.

What will the consultation involve?
The OH Nurse Specialist will carry out an assessment of your health by discussing your medical situation with you and the nature of your medical condition.  Your consultation may include some of the following:

  • Hearing Test
  • Lung Function Test
  • Blood Pressure
  • Pulse
  • BMI
  • Visual Acuity
  • Depression Assessment
  • Workstation Assessment
  • Urinalysis

What will happen following the consultation?
A report will be sent to your employer summarising the consultation and giving appropriate advice, guidance and recommendations, which may include a suggested return to work plan if you are currently absent from work.  Prior to the report being sent to your employer, the OH Nurse Specialist can telephone you to confirm the content is accurate.  A copy of this report will also be sent to you via email or to your home address via the post if you would prefer.

In some cases, before we are able to fully advise your employer, we may need to write to your general practitioner or specialist consultant for further information.  We will only do this with your written consent and will offer you the option of seeing the GP/Specialist’s report before it is sent to us.  Again, you will be sent a copy of any letters we send to your employer.

Will I need more than one consultation?
This will depend on your circumstances but it is not unusual to have at least one follow-up consultation and indeed, some people will have several until they are back working to their full individual capabilities.  A follow-up consultation will take about 15-30 minutes, depending again on individual circumstances.

Where is the information you hold on me stored?
All computer and paper based records are kept in strict compliance with the Data Protection Act.