Frequently asked questions
What do I do if I have a needlestick/sharps injury?
Sharps injuries can be hazardous; there are several blood-borne infections which can cause long term health problems that can be transmitted by sharps, namely Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
If you have a sharps injury, human bite or splash of bodily fluids in the eye, please report this to the person in charge at your placement. You must then adhere to the current policy of your placement.
What happens if I am referred to the occupational health physcian?
If your tutor has concerns regarding your health which may affect your fitness to practice status, they may, with your consent refer you to Student Occupational Health. An appointment will be sent to you to see our occupational health physician. After your consultation, the Dr will write a medical report outlining any issues raised and any appropriate actions/adjustments if required. A copy will be made available to you. If the Dr requires further information, he will obtain your consent to write to your GP or consultant. Please note if you do not attend the appointment, it could affect your ability to attend clinical placements.
Do I have to have a BCG?
If an employee is new to the NHS (including students) or has no (or inconclusive) evidence of prior BCG vaccination, a Mantoux or interferon-gamma test should be performed. (NICE Clinical Guideline 33, March 2006)
How many injections do I have?
At your health screening assessment the nurse will advise you on the immunisations that you require.
Is it safe to give them all together?
All the immunisations that we currently give are safe to give together, in accordance with the Green Book 2006.
What happens if I refuse my immunisations?
You may be prevented from attending placements and be asked to attend an appointment with our Occupational Health Physician.
Am I allowed on placement if I haven’t had the full course?
You are allowed to commence your placements even though you may not have completed your course of immunisations. The nurse will advise you on any precautions you may be required to make.
Why has my Hepatitis B not worked?
Around 10 to 15% of adults fail to respond to three doses of vaccine or respond poorly. Poor responses are mostly associated with age over 40 years, obesity and smoking (Roome et al., 1993)
If I am unwell, can I still have my immunisations?
Please contact the Department and discuss your concerns with the nursing staff.
Can I have alcohol/go to the gym or swim following an immunisation?
The intake of alcohol is not contraindicated following an immunisation. While there may be some discomfort in your arm, this should not prevent you from undertaking exercise.
I have lost my forms where can I get new ones?
You can replace your forms by downloading replacements from the Student website
What happens if I have an interruption from my course?
If you have an interruption from your course you will be required to submit a new health declaration form and GP form. If your reason for interruption was medical/health related, then you may be required to attend an appointment with our occupational health physician/nurse.