PREPARING FOR YOUR MEDICAL - please read carefully!
The following advice is intended to remind you of what you need to bring with you to avoid unnecessary delay and about the things you can do to maximise the likelihood of a satisfactory outcome to your medical.
Applicants are strongly advised to study the CAA guidance material available through the links under the INFORMATION tab at the top of the page. This will help you to understand the requirements and what you need to do to provide the evidence to demonstrate your compliance.
If you do have any important medical history, please try to bring GP or specialist reports with you when you attend, especially for your first medical examination with me. I may be unable to issue a certificate until I receive adequate or proper medical reports. However, I will be able to show you what you need to obtain in order to comply with the requirements.
Please note: We are not permitted to give telephone advice regarding your medical history prior to your medical examination.
YOU MUST BRING:
Your medical cannot proceed without the following:
Photo ID, Passport preferred
Current or last CAA Medical Certificate
Spectacles, lenses and your lens prescriptions (if applicable)
(contact lens wearers should wear spectacles for initial class 2 medicals and for alternate medicals)
Medical history / reports (see above)
The CAA require that you list your medical history on your Med 160 each time - don't just write 'no change'. Also, wait to sign it in front of me, since I have to witness your signature.
If indicated, ONLY Class 1 and Class 3 Medical Certificate holders who wear spectacles or contact lenses should download and print the vision specialist report form and guidance, hand them to their optician / optometrist to complete, then bring them to their revalidation / renewal medical. Generally, those to whom this applies will have been made aware at their last medical. Frequency is as follows: Class 1: If the refractive error is +3.0 to +5.0 or -3.0 to -6.0 dioptres, there is astigmatism or anisometropia of more than 2 dioptres but less than 3 dioptres, 5 yearly. If the refractive error is greater than +5 or -6.0 dioptres, there is more than 3.0 dioptres of astigmatism or anisometropia, 2 yearly. Class 3: If the refractive error exceeds +3.0/-3.0 dioptres, 4 yearly. Greater than -6 dioptres or an astigmatic component or anisometropia exceeding 3 dioptres, 2 yearly. Whenever you visit your optometrist, take a copy of these forms and a note of the requirements in case they apply to you. If in doubt, please call.
YOU SHOULD AVOID:
A 'heavy night' during the previous 3 days
A heavy, rich or spicy meal in the previous 24 hours
Aerobatics or very heavy exercise during the previous 2 days
Sexual intercourse during the previous 12 hours
(WHY? - they can all cause temporary abnormalities on ECG and urine tests)
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
Urine tests (try to be able to give a sample on arrival)
Eye tests with and without any lenses you rely on
Full general medical examination (but no intimate examination necessary)
ECG if required or indicated
Finger-prick haemoglobin test (routine for Class 1 only)
Audiogram if required (Class 2 for Instrument Ratings only)
Personal information is held securely and managed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR. While you may have access to your medical records on request, your details will never be released to any party other than the CAA, for any reason, without your permission.