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If you are travelling abroad for work or study, you may need to meet certain medical requirements to be eligible for a visa. Amongst the many services that we offer here at Doctorcall, we can provide fast and efficient Visa Medicals, covering a range of countries all over the globe, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. 

How does it work?

If you require a Visa Medical as part of your visa application, you can easily arrange to have it at one of our clinics in London and Manchester.

The appointment will take up to two hours, during which our experienced doctors will conduct a medical examination and complete all the necessary forms for you. The medical exam will consist of different tests (for example Chest X-ray, Urine Analysis, HIV test) depending on the country you are travelling to and the requirements listed on your visa medical form. We will also be at hand to provide all the information and advice you need to make your visa application as fast, efficient and pain-free as possible.

You can check which examination and test you will be required to take here, where you will also find out more information regarding Visa Medicals based on your country of destination.

How to arrange your Visa Medical with Doctorcall

We can provide appointments at short notice and often on the same day. We can also usually accommodate a range of additional tests and services whether they are in relation to your medical or not, as well as provide additional medical advice and assistance for your travel, including travel vaccinations if required.

All you need to do is book an appointment with us and bring along your passport as well as any relevant information such as repeat prescriptions and specialist letters for any medical conditions that you may have.

You can check for availability using our 'Book An Appointment' tool here. For more information, please visit our ‘Visa Medicals’ page, or feel free to give us a call on 0344 257 0345.

 

When we talk about health inequalities, i.e. the avoidable differences in people’s health across specific population groups, there are a whole host of factors that come into play. From education and good quality housing, through to geography and access to health services. Yet one constant right across the globe is the health gap between men and women. And the stats, as they say, don’t lie.

On average, women in the UK can now expect to live almost four years longer than their male counterparts. Much of this is caused by hormonal differences, for example, men generally have more visceral fat which surrounds the organs, whereas women tend to have more subcutaneous fat, which sits under the skin. However, lifestyle differences play a huge part.

In the UK, one man in five dies before he reaches 65. The tragedy in all of this? With earlier detection, so many of these deaths can be avoided.

It may sound like a stereotype, but men’s reluctance to consult their doctor and talk about their problems is a perennial issue. Research conducted by the Men’s Health Forum indicates that men are less likely to visit their doctor, to acknowledge illness and to seek help, compared to women. This is why the Forum are observing Men’s Health Week from 10th – 16th June, to shine a light on the issues facing men’s health, and to encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems.

Let’s drill down further and take a look at some of the areas that are driving these statistics.

Diabetes

Men are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women. The charity, Diabetes UK, states that 3.8 million people in the UK are now living with the condition. Furthermore, in middle-aged men, prevalence is expected to become increasingly more common over the next decade. Therefore, men really do need to be more conscious around how to prevent diabetes, as well as being able to recognise those tell-tale symptoms such as excessive thirst, fatigue and frequent urination to name a few. Weight management, diet and alcohol intake all play their part, and we encourage frequent check-ups to assess your risk level.

Coronary Heart Disease (CAD)

One of the UK’s biggest killers is CAD, which accounts for 1 in 7 of every male deaths in the UK. The condition occurs when the heart’s blood supply becomes blocked by the build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries, which, over time, causes the walls of the arteries to become furred up with fatty deposits. The causes are typically due to lifestyle factors, like smoking and obesity, as well as conditions such as diabetes, and, importantly, family history. To prevent CAD, we monitor the levels of cholesterol and other blood lipids carefully, and, if caught early, can be arrested and even reversed.

Prostate Cancer

As men get older, the prostate, which is a small gland that sits under the bladder, can naturally enlarge. Although enlargement is not a life-threatening condition, it can lead to other issues, with urinary problems often a common warning sign. In men, we are particularly concerned to screen for prostate cancer from the age of fifty as it is a silent killer. Once you’ve had that all-important assessment and diagnosis, there are many treatment options, which can range from simply monitoring, to medication and surgery, depending on the severity of the diagnosis.

Mental Health

There has been a step-change in how society views mental health in recent years, but we are still a long way off parity between men and women in its impact. Tragically, over three quarters of all suicides are male, and it is now the biggest killer for men under the age of 35. There are a range of treatment pathways available to those seeking help, however, mental health issues can be severely damaging if left untreated. Therefore, having the courage to visit a healthcare professional and being able to talk openly in a safe environment is hugely important. 

Nothing is More Important Than Your Health

So, gentleman, if you want to be there to experience your kids’ graduation, to play with your grandchildren, and to enjoy a long and active retirement, the old excuses just won’t cut it anymore. Too busy to see a doctor? Make the time. Worried they might find something you won’t like? Identify it early and get the necessary treatment. Nothing is more important than your health.

Peace of Mind Health Screening

Doctorcall offer a range of health screening options. If you are worried about a particular problem or symptom, we recommend booking a private GP consultation and getting the tests that are specifically relevant to that issue rather than a full screen. If you are under 50 and apparently in good health, a Health Screen provides excellent value for money. Otherwise we recommend a Platinum Health Screen. Click here for more information.

10-16 June 2019 marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week, an important initiative designed to raise awareness of the significance of cervical screening and to encourage women to get checked.
 
Put ‘cervical cancer’ into Google and it won’t be long before you see Jade Goody’s name crop up. The reality TV star, who shot to fame on the third season of Big Brother, lost her battle with cervical cancer 10 years ago at the age of just 27. Leaving behind two young children, her heartbreaking story was a shocking demonstration of how common cervical cancer is, particularly in young women. As of result, there was a marked increase in the number of smear test attendance, in what became to be known as the “Jade Goody effect”.
 
However, recent figures suggest the number of women being regularly tested have slowed down, with many citing embarrassment as the reason for their delayed testing. 
 
Every year in the UK, there are around 3,200 new cervical cancer cases detected and tragically, 870 women will lose their battle with the condition, a rate of more than two every day. What’s even more startling, as highlighted by Cancer Research UK’s figures, is that 99.8% of all cases are preventable. This highlights just how important regular screening and early vaccination is.
 

 
What is cervical cancer?
The cervix is the small, donut-shaped opening to the uterus, located at the top of the vagina. Cancer of the cervix begins in its outer layers, where tiny changes to the cells, can over time grow out of control. The area where this happens is called the transformation zone, which leads to the endocervical canal, a narrow passageway that leads to the womb. It is this transformation zone that we will check during a cervical screening test. The test itself is not for cancer per se, rather, we are checking for abnormal cervical cells, that may one day develop into cancer. This is why early and regular testing results in high prevention rates. 
 
Who is at risk from cervical cancer?
In short, all women are at risk from cervical cancer, however, prevalence is higher amongst younger, sexually active women. The vast majority (90%) of cervical cancer cases occur when a women has been infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread during sexual intercourse. While most HPV infections will pass without the need for treatment, some forms do carrier a higher risk and can cause the cells to stop working properly, leading to the growth of tumours. 
 
What are the symptoms?
Unlike many conditions, cervical cancer carries little in the way of symptoms. As the condition advances, women may experience discomfort during sex, bleeding during or after intercourse, or between periods. The relative lack of symptoms is another reason why screening is so important as early detection of the cancerous cells can help the to prevent its development.
 
What is the HPV vaccine and what does it do? 
The HPV vaccine guards against cervical cancer and genital warts and represents the first effective prevention tool against cervical cancer. The vaccine is normally recommended for girls and young women between the ages of nine and twenty-six and is important for people who are not yet sexually active in order to prevent HPV infection. However, it is also recommended in older groups who may already have become infected. 
 
Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer in women under thirty-five, as a result, we recommend testing once a year at our clinics. However, it is believed that with HPV vaccination, the risks of cervical cancer and the need for smear tests may be eradicated altogether.
 
How can Doctorcall help?
At Doctorcall, we provide screening and HPV vaccination. We also offer awareness days in companies. Book an appointment online today.
Doctorcall was delighted to attend this year’s ITIC UK (International Travel and Health Insurance Conferences), which took place in Southampton. The international travel health conference is a great platform for Doctorcall to meet with insurance and assistance providers around the world to highlight their acclaimed private doctor services.
 
Joe Beeltah and Dr Charles Levinson of Doctorcall attended the ITIC conference in Southampton
Doctorcall provides GP services for individuals and corporate clients at clinics in London and Manchester and through a network of providers they have established across the UK. It also runs London’s longest established visiting doctor service, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
 
Doctorcall is also the preferred medical services provider for many of the world’s leading international assistance companies, fully integrating with their global assistance networks and working directly with offices in countries all over the world, including: The US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Ukraine.
 
Speaking after the event Joe Beeltah, Client Liaison Executive, from Doctorcall, said: “It is a great platform for Doctorcall to highlight to assistance companies exactly who we are and the services we can provide to anyone who needs access to private GP services whilst they are in the UK. We had some great conversations at the event and are looking forward to taking those to the next level over the coming months.”
 
The ITIC covers all segments of the global industry including healthcare and offers unparalleled opportunities for education, networking and socialising.  Its aim is to offer the best possible forum to debate the big issues facing the industry from the potential impact of Brexit to cutting edge innovations in technology.

Here’s a gloomy statistic for you: the average working Londoner who drives will spend well over 100 days of their life stuck in traffic. Ouch.

A motorbike can be quicker at navigating London's busy streets

Aside from the sheer tedium and stress this causes, life is far too short for it to be spent praying that the traffic light stays green for just a split second longer. So, when it comes to visiting your doctor, the last thing you need to worry about is missing your appointment because of the latest snarl-up on the M25 clockwise.


This is why we are bringing care to you…on two wheels. In a way that is uniquely tailored to that infamous London traffic, one of our Doctorcall doctors is using their motorbike to see patients at their home.


Conventional? Not exactly. A high-quality service tailored to your busy needs whilst living in the capital? Absolutely.
Whilst we can’t guarantee all our doctors opt for this speedy method of transport, Doctorcall offers a range of services designed to suit you. For more information, click here.