PTS Rail Medicals

What happens at a PTS Rail Medical?

We offer a wide range of workplace medicals. The most popular we undertake is the Network Rail PTS Medical. Here, we will detail what happens at the PTS medical. In addition, this includes the things you need to be aware of and bring with you for the appointment.

What do candidates need to bring with them for the PTS Medical?

For all appointments, the following must be brought along:

  • Photo Identification, e.g. Drivers Licence, Passport, PTS/Sentinel Card. (Copies will not be accepted. If satisfactory photographic identification is not shown the appointment cannot go ahead).
  • Proof of National Insurance number. e.g. NI Card, Payslip or P60
  • Sentinel card – if already issued (if applicable for PTS assessments)


In addition, we advise the following:

  • The candidate to bring a list of any current prescribed medication.
  • The medical involves an audiometry test. As a result, candidates should not be exposed to loud noises prior to their appointment.
  • If worn, the candidate to bring their glasses with them. Also, if contact lenses are worn, bring the container to keep them in while the vision test is being performed.
  • Also, we recommend candidates wear loose clothing to their appointment. This helps when taking blood pressure readings and with the mobility test.


The PTS Rail Medical appointment

First, we will ask the candidate to complete a medical questionnaire. Next, depending on the output from the questionnaire, we will perform all or some of the following:

  • Protein and glucose test using a urine sample.
  • Completion of an Epworth sleep questionnaire.
  • Perform a peak flow test to assess lung capacity.
  • Record blood pressure and pulse.
  • Record height, weight and BMI.
  • Assess the mobility of the candidate.
  • Perform a visual acuity test including colour vision.
  • Perform an audiometry test.

At the end of your appointment, we may also give some general health advice on BMI, smoking, alcohol use and high/low blood pressure. We may also inform you that we need further information. For instance, from your GP or optician.

In addition, we may also perform a drug and alcohol test during your medical. This is dependant on your sponsor’s requirements. The Network Rail drug and alcohol test consists of a urine laboratory drug test and breath alcohol screen.


What happens after your Medical?

First, we review the findings of your medical. We do this using another Occupational Health Technician. Once the review is complete, we will either upload the results to Sentinel, or request further information. This is usually within one to two working days after your medical appointment. You will receive any notifications by email and/or telephone.

It is important to understand that we must adhere to Network Rail standards when performing and reviewing medical assessments. Any non-compliance with the standards could endanger lives on the rail network. If we do have to refer your medical results to our Occupational Physician, we will keep you fully informed throughout the process.


How much is a PTS Rail Medical?

The price of a PTS Rail Medical depends on the following factors:

  • The number of candidates booked for one appointment. For example, we offer discounts for multiple candidate bookings.
  • Whether the medical needs to be done on-site or off-site.
  • The location of the medical centre.
  • Whether drug and alcohol testing is to be performed with the medical.

For example, booking a PTS Rail Medical at our Manchester Clinic starts at just £95 per candidate. Discounts are applied for multiple candidate. For instance, the price of the medical drops to £75 per person for five candidates or more.

What if you were to have a Network Rail drug and alcohol test with the medical? Using the same example as above, one candidate would be £155. Booking multiple candidates can be as little as £125 per person for five people.

As mentioned, prices do vary depending on the above factors. So please always check when booking your appointment.


How to book this Medical?

The easiest way to do this is by calling our head office in Manchester on 0800 988 7107. You will be put through to one of our Senior Clinical Advisors. They will determine your needs and provide you with the information you need to confirm your appointment. Also, they will discuss the items and information you will need to bring along to your PTS medical. This will include the advice set out on this page.

Alternatively, you can complete an online appointment request. We will contact you within one working day to discuss your PTS Rail Medical needs.