The HSE medical is required for any diver who is at work in UK waters. The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 stipulate that all working divers must have a valid certificate of fitness to dive issued by an Approved Medical Examiner of Divers (AMED).

Dr Oli has been an AMED since 2006 and conducts several hundred HSE medical examinations per year. The assessment process is systematic and designed to ensure that a diver is medically and physically fit to undertake their work.

The medical includes:

  • a discussion focussed on the work diving and past medical history of the candidate

  • a full physical examination, including BMI and waist circumference

  • spirometry (lung function test)

  • audiometry (hearing test)

  • exercise capacity testing (via the Chester Step Test)

  • urinalysis (a urine sample will be required)

  • selected additional tests, such as full blood count or ECG, if clinically indicated

For divers requiring a standalone Chester Step Test before mobilisation, these can now be booked online here, for £75.

Please read the FAQ section below to ensure you are fully prepared before your appointment. If you have any further questions, please contact me.

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