As Britain prepares itself for more scorching weather this week, winter is sure to be the furthest thing away from anyone’s mind. While you’re most likely to be focusing on how to cope with the impending heatwave, there is every possibility that you are probably not quite thinking about flu season just yet. But did you know that outbreaks can happen as early as October?

Failure to protect your workforce from flu can result in absenteeism, missed deadlines and reduced productivity. Flu can spread rapidly through workplaces, so as part of your contingency planning this year, find out how you can get ahead of the game and protect your business simply by keeping your employees’ health and wellbeing in sight before winter strikes.

Your best defence against the flu

Influenza, more commonly known as flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause symptoms including fever, coughing, sore throat, chills, body aches, and fatigue. These symptoms tend to come on abruptly, and those with the virus are likely to be contagious before symptoms even show. Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets via coughs and sneezes and can spread rapidly in workplaces.

Influenza viruses are constantly changing, meaning that an annual flu vaccination is your best defence against the illness.
In the workplace, flu vaccinations are the most cost-effective method of protecting your staff and business from the annual onset of flu.

Make your employees’ health a priority

Employee health and wellbeing is vital for a successful company. It ensures that your staff remain engaged, which has a positive effect on productivity.

Many employees, however, feel pressure to return to work before they have fully recovered from illness. This leads to tired, run-down members of staff who are unable to perform at their best. Corporate flu vaccination programmes resolve this issue at its source, by preventing an employee from falling ill in the first place.

Protect your company from disruption

Workplace flu jabs help to reduce absence and can help to protect against significant disruption to your company and services.

It can take between one to two weeks for someone to fully recover from the flu. While for wholly valid reasons, this results in employees needing to take days off from work, which could cost your business between £875-£1,751 per employee.
Personnel Today suggests that, in the UK, widespread adoption of flu vaccination could save “up to £28.9 million in averted sick day costs”.

A pain-free process

While the pain of vaccines can cause all sorts of fears and anxieties, arranging to have your staff vaccinated is a simple, easy process. Not only does it help to protect your business, reduce absence at work and increase employee health and wellbeing, but the process itself is relatively pain-free.

At Doctorcall, we offer cost-effective flu jabs for businesses of all sizes.

Company flu vaccinations are carried out by our highly experienced nurses, who can attend your workplace to vaccinate your staff at a time that suits you, 7 days a week, at any time of day.

We are also proud to have invented the system of flu vouchers, which ensures that staff who are unable to attend a vaccination day in the office are equipped with a voucher that can be redeemed at any participating retailers who provide flu vaccinations.

Get ahead of the game

Doctorcall is proud to have pioneered retailer flu vaccinations in the UK and offers workplace flu vaccination programmes for companies nationwide including Northern Ireland. As well as on-site vaccinations, we offer vouchers for staff who are unable to attend. 

We start vaccinating in the autumn and are now taking bookings for Winter 2019 workplace flu vaccinations.
The infectious nature of the flu means that employees who get it are encouraged to stay at home to rest and recuperate, and to protect their co-workers. Vaccines are the best defence we have against the flu. Winter may be far away, but employee health and wellbeing should never be far from sight.

If you want to help protect your employees’ health and wellbeing this winter, find out how you can benefit from our workplace flu vaccination programme.

For more information, visit or contact us on 0344 257 00644.


The heart is an amazing organ. Roughly the size of a fist, it can continue beating even when it’s disconnected from the body. Like all major organs of the body, the heart is susceptible to complications such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries (atheroma). This month Chief Executive of Doctorcall, Dr Charles Levinson, explains why a difference in hormonal balance means men are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease than women and names some simple lifestyle shifts anyone can do to protect their heart.

Can you explain what is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

CVD is a general term for all conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system such as coronary heart disease (the most common type), stroke, heart attack, angina and aortic disease. There are a number of problems that can arise including clogging up arteries with cholesterol, calcification and loss of elasticity. Although we worry particularly about the coronary arteries because they are essential for life, damage to other arteries can be equally important.


What are some causes of CVD?

Cardiovascular disease is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries, leading to reduced blood supply to end organs and a compensatory increase in blood pressure which, along with the stiffening of artery walls can also lead to a risk of internal haemorrhage. Increasingly, it’s believed that Vitamin D deficiency can also be implicated in cardiovascular disease. You can check for this using a simple test. Doctorcall provides a Vitamin D home testing kit,which is easy to use and enables you to test your Vitamin D count in the comfort of your home. 


What are the leading factors of cardiovascular disease?

There are many risk factors that increase your chances of developing CVD, including things that can be changed (modifiable), and things we can’t control. The leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease are age, gender, and family history (non-modifiable), and those that can be controlled through lifestyle and behaviour, such as smoking, exercise and cholesterol-rich diets. A healthy lifestyle is generally recommended for those with a genetic predisposition to the condition.


Is CVD more prevalent in men than women?

Men are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease than women and this appears to be due to a different hormonal balance, as men have less oestrogen and more testosterone. Women tend to develop CVD at an older age than men, thought to be linked to the hormonal changes that follow menopause, where oestrogen levels fall. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which treats symptoms of menopause, has been shown to slightly reduce CVD risk in women, suggesting it has a cardio-protective effect and that both hormones are likely to be relevant. There is a new trend for male HRT as many men experience a significant drop in testosterone in middle age, but it is not yet known whether male HRT may increase the risk of CVD. Lifestyle choices also come into play, with higher proportions of male to female smokers in the UK, and statistics showing that men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women, another leading risk factor of CVD.


We all know about shooting pains in the left arm, chest pain, and breathlessness but what are some of the hidden indicators or heart issues?

The classic symptoms of angina or a heart attack are a dull pressure in the chest, which tends to be on the left and radiates into the neck and left arm. Some of the other warning signs to look out for include: 


·     Swelling of the ankles during the day into which a thumb print can be left. This means the heart is failing to pump properly and is an important sign that things are going wrong.


·     Obesity, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise always mean the person is at risk of CVD at a much younger age.


·     It is important to have simple screening tests, of which the main ones are a urine dipstick for protein levels, a blood pressure check and a cholesterol check which can be done with a drop of blood on a reagent strip. Anything picked up here will have life-changing consequences.



What lifestyle shifts can someone make to protect their heart?

There are lots of things you can do but some are not that easy! 


·     Smoking: Stop smoking (the first big win)

·     Maintain a healthy BMI: It is easy to look up your optimum weight by using Google or asking a doctor

·     Regular exercise, regardless of weight: This does not necessitate going to a gym. Walking regularly, getting a cycling machine at home to use for 20 minutes three times a week, or any number of routines can help

·     Diet: Animal fats are rich in cholesterol, which is found in meat fat, egg yolks, dairy cream and cheese. Too much cholesterol leads to build-up in your arteries, so you need to be aware of your intake

·     Health checks: It is important to have BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure tests from time to time. Simple screening tests such as a urine dipstick for protein levels can help


At Doctorcall we believe that prevention is better than cure and as well as home testing kits,we also offer private health checks in our London and Manchester clinics.  It is important to check for warning-signs, and anything picked up here will have life-changing consequences.


To find out more or to book a health check you can book online to get 10% off the cost of the appointment. Alternatively, call us on 0344 257 0346.

Unlimited GP visits from only 38p per day

Short-term sickness absence whilst waiting for a GP appointment, and time out of work to attend an appointment near the employee’s home, represent the main causes of unplanned absence and the Doctorcall GP scheme is designed to target this.

It is highly valued by employees, and especially by a young workforce who are often less interested in PMI. Because it’s free at the point of delivery and there’s no delay pending company approval, concerns around confidentiality are alleviated and utilisation is improved meaning that illness is more likely to be dealt with at an early stage.

For more information on this and other services call us on 0207 535 1803.
Doctorcall is an approved provider of medical assessments required by the Oil & Gas industry to ensure an individual’s fitness to work within a specialist working environment. A comprehensive range of standard testing is available. We can also provide additional testing if required. Medical assessments are available at a variety of clinic locations, and often at short notice.

Doctorcall’s range of medical assessments includes:

  • OGUK Offshore Medicals (formerly known as UKOOA)
  • Norwegian Medical
  • Netherlands Medical
  • ERT Medical
  • Crane Operators Medicals
  • Climbers Medicals
  • Confined Space Medicals
  • Medicals for various countries
Once completed, results are generally available within an hour and can be sent by email or fax to any location. We also provide relevant travel medicals and vaccinations and advice for personnel working overseas in countries around the world.

To arrange a visit, contact us:

0844 257 9510