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Frequently Asked Questions

I get nervous before these medicals and my blood pressure seems to shoot up - any advice?

Please arrive in good time for your medical, well rested and avoid caffeine or heavy meals prior to your visit - all helpful for a low blood pressure. Heavy meals can actually affect your ECG! Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your medical. Consider asking your GP for a 24 hour BP test prior to attending your medical. If you have your own BP machine, take some readings at home and bring the machine with you to your medical.

Should I bring a urine sample?

You will need to provide a mid-stream urine sample when you arrive at the clinic. Sample pots are provided in the clinic.

What does the ECG involve?

An ECG is required for certain pilots at certain medicals. The CAA website will help you to know if you will need one. Sticky electrode pads are attached to the chest and a recording taken of the electrical activity of the heart. Too much hair on the chest can make achieving a satisfactory ECG trace difficult so please consider shaving excess hair prior to your appointment!

Will I get a medical certificate the same day?

Probably, yes. If you are fit and there are no issues with your medical, you will be issued with a certificate to take away with you. If there are matters to address in order to make you fit, these will be carefully explained so that you and your doctor can do what is necessary to fulfil the medical requirements as quickly as possible.

How often do I need a Class 2 medical?

Under the age of 40, you will need a medical every 5 years. 

Between the age of 40 and 49, you will need a medical every 2 years.

From age 50, you will need an annual medical.

At your first ever Class 2 medical you will need an ECG. Pilots over 50 will need an ECG every two years thereafter.

How long before my medical expires can I have my next medical without losing any of the validity period?

You have a 45 day window before the expiry date of your medical in which to have your next examination with me. So, for example, if your medical expires on July 1st 2019 and you have your medical any time in June 2019, your renewal date (assuming a one year medical license) would still be July 1st 2020.

For FAA examinations, how long does my MedExpress declaration stay valid?

You have 60 days to complete your medical with me from the date you fill in  MedExpress online. After 60 days, the application will expire and you will have to re-do it. 

I have had my eye checked at the optician. What should I bring?

Your optician can take very precise measurements of the retinas, visual fields and eye pressures. They may also prescribe you glasses. Please print off this form and ask them to complete it. Bring it with you to your medical.

I have paperwork from medical appointments. Shall I email it to you?

Please ask your GP or specialist to give you copies of all relevent letters during the year between your medicals. Unless I ask, please do not email these to me between medicals or ask the GP/Specialist to send me paperwork. Rather, bring the paper copies to your medical. If you do need to send me files/scans, they MUST be in pdf format and have your CAA/FAA number written on the first page of each document.