MOHS is open for business

MOHS Workplace Health is open and ready to support you with your Occupational Health needs, either at our office in West Bromwich or, where possible, at your company’s site (nurse & technician delivered services only).

In most cases, assessments and service delivery will be as before, but in certain cases, services may need to be modified to keep both your and our staff safe. Give us a call if you have any questions.

Before meeting one of our staff members, appointment attendees should consider the following:

If you are suffering with or have suffered with two or more of the following symptoms in the last 14 days, you should not attend your appointment. You should stay at home, self- isolate and seek medical advice if your symptoms get worse. Please let us know if this is the case.

Fever (feel hot to touch on your chest or back).
Dry cough (does not produce mucus)

New loss of taste or smell 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Repeated shaking and/or chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue 

If you are suffering with only one of the above symptoms, but also have one or more of the symptoms listed below, you should not enter the building, but go home and remain alert – not everyone infected with COVID 19 exhibits the same symptoms.

  • Diarrhoea
  • Sputum, or coughed up mucus and saliva or a blocked nose
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Confusion or feelings of dis-association.

Note: When a person has contracted COVID 19, it can take 2–14 days for symptoms to appear. The average incubation period appears to be roughly 5–6 days. You may remain infective to others for up to 14 days after symptoms have ended.

Statement on temperature and antibody/antigen testing

Temperature testing:

It seems to be the case there is a stage in the illness when you have no symptoms (or very minor symptoms, not including a raised temperature), but can still be infectious to others.  For some people this may be the only sign they get of the illness.  So absence of a raised temperature does not mean an individual is not infected and infectious.

Any employee who feels unwell with a new cough or fever should stay off work.  NHS advice is for people to assess themselves for these symptoms (detailed on NHS website)   The website gives a process for assessing the risk of you having the virus. It is recommended that employees are educated to do this before they attend work and not to come if the assessment indicates they may have Covid infection. 

MOHS strongly advise it is better for people who may have Coronavirus not to present for work at all rather than to attend with the infection to have their temperature taken and then be sent home, in the meantime possibly infecting their colleagues.  If you have a high temperature STAY AT HOME. 

Antibody and antigen testing kits:

It is right that a test for Coronavirus antibodies would show if someone has had the disease. There are, however, no reliable tests available yet, but they are under development.

Public Health England is working very hard with international partners to develop a test which works - their opinion is this does not (at time of writing) currently exist.  All tests developed to date have unacceptable rates of false negatives (saying someone hadn’t had the disease when they have) and false positives (saying someone has had the disease when they haven’t).

A particularly worrying development is the possibility that someone may have antibodies to Coronavirus but still be vulnerable to repeat infection.  No one knows if, or how often, this happens and no one knows what level of antibodies is necessary to be confident someone is immune to further infection.

We do appreciate owners of businesses want to do everything they can to protect their employees - but at the moment this is social distancing and scrupulous attention to hand hygiene, and not testing with unvalidated kits

Dr Malcolm Cathcart
MB ChB MRCGP FFOM

 

Welcome to MOHS Workplace Health

MOHS Workplace Health (MOHS) is an independent provider of occupational health services, health and safety courses and mental health provision.

Based in the West Midlands, our experienced team of physicians, nurses and technicians provide accredited quality and cost-effective solutions to identify, prevent and resolve issues in workplace health, wellbeing and health and safety. Our training team offer a wide range of courses including first aid at work, health & safety, and mental health awareness training, here at our training centre or at a client’s premises.

We are passionate about occupational health and we get to know our clients, tailoring our services and training courses to meet their specific requirements.

Occupational health

Medicals / screening / referrals

Travel health & vaccinations

Stay healthy here & overseas

Employee wellbeing

Create a healthier workforce

First aid at work training

Empower workplace first aiders

Health and safety training

Includes IOSH, manual handling and noise assessments

Mental health training

Effective solutions & interventions

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