Having a D4 medical is a very straight forward procedure and is required to:
- Clarify The DVLA are aware of any medical conditions you currently have.
- Screen you the driver to pick up conditions you might not be aware of.
- Make sure that all passenger carrying and heavy goods drivers are safe & healthy enough to drive high mileage for long periods of time.
Depending on your overall health it should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.
DVLA Medical Requirements
There are 4 main elements to completing a D4 form, they are:
Although some novice doctors may take some time our experienced doctors know the form inside out and can complete a safe and effective medical in a very short period of time.
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The DVLA Eye test is less complex than an optician examination and is performed by our doctors as part of your medical.
The Doctor performs a single Snellen eye test. If you wear glasses for driving he will perform two, one not wearing glasses and one wearing your glasses.
Blood pressure Check
There is a large section of the D4 form which concerns the health of you heart. For good reason as having a heart attack behind the wheel could cause multiple casualties. Most of the questions deal with your own cardiac history and as part of the medical the doctor takes a blood pressure reading.
If you are currently being treated for high blood pressure and it is being controlled with medication the DVLA require that you tell the doctor:
- What Medication you are taking
- The Dosage
- Reason for taking (this applies for any medication you may be taking).
The urine test isn’t strictly required for a DVLA D4 medical however our Doctors do take a sample to screen for Diabetes.
As with high blood pressure diabetes is a common ailment among long distance drivers and as long as it is being managed correctly you will be able to hold your licence entitlements.
Declaration of your Consent
In the final section of the D4 form the DVLA ask that you sign to say that you provided correct information to the doctor to the best of your knowledge and belief.
The section also asks you to check the form before you sign it as it is the driver’s responsibility for any mistakes that are on the form.
What happens Afterwards?
Once you have completed the medical you post it along with your completed D2 form and driving licence to the DVLA.
If you have sent the form close to the expiry date and haven’t received your licence back you are still legally entitled to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. See this leaflet for confirmation
Cancelling Or Rearranging Your Appointment
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