Top tips for optimum health and wellbeing

If you’ve not already heard, this week is National Nutrition and Hydration Week. Here at Express Medicals, we aim to provide tips and tricks to keep you at your healthy best.

Did you know that in the UK alone, around 3 million people are at risk of malnutrition? That’s a staggering figure. So in order to prevent malnutrition and dehydration related illnesses and to ensure good health and well-being, we’re giving you advice to keep you tip-top.

What you can do:

  1. First and foremost, don’t skip brekky! Starting your day right with a nutritious breakfast kick-starts your metabolism. Furthermore, there are even studies suggesting it may be linked to weight loss! (ref).
  2. Choose wholegrain high fibre carbohydrates such as the humble porridge. Check here for ways to spruce up your morning oats. 
  3. Variety is the spice of life – taste the rainbow and add multiple colours to your diet such as a Buddha salad bowl – find a delicious recipe here
  4. Aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day.
  5. Fish of the day – try to eat at least two portions of fish each week, preferably at least one oily fish such as mackerel or salmon. Lastly, make sure it’s sustainably sourced!
  6. Cut down on your saturates and on salt –  Check nutrition labels for high fats and sugars and keep salt intake less than 6g per day.
  7. Keep active to maintain a healthy weight. Whether that’s taking a walk in your lunch-break, taking up a sport hobby or heading to the gym, it all contributes to that daily step count.

Last but not least, it is essential to drink water throughout your day. Aim to drink about 8-10 glasses or 1-2 litres if you’re drinking from a bottle.  Getting your daily dosage has been proven to increase brain power and boost your energy levels.  It promotes healthy weight management, flushes out toxins, improves your complexion, boosts your immune system and prevents pesky headaches.

Source: British Nutrition Foundation

What is the point of Point-of-Care Testing?

Point-of-care tests [PoCTs] are a rapid, simple way to screen for drugs.

They are ideal for use at the workplace, allowing employers to obtain results within a few minutes. In the meantime you can focus on deciding whether staff members should continue working or should be stood down.

How does it work?

PoCTs are straightforward to administer on-site by members of your own staff, working as trained collectors with no medical background. Express Medicals is expert at providing training to collectors, and giving you peace of mind about the quality of the results. We can train your staff onsite, offer you advice and help at one of our 15 clinics nationwide.

With PoCT kits, a rapid negative result means that the individual can go back to work, with minimal disruption to your business.

In the event of a positive / non-negative result however, the individual can be stood down while a further sample is sent to the laboratory for further confirmation. [This is referred to as legally defensible chain of custody testing].

Why work with us?

Express Medicals supplies reputable proprietary kits that can be securely stored at your site. Our company can help you review or draft drug & alcohol policies. Furthermore, our Customer Support team is always on hand if you have any queries. We can train your staff in the use of PoCTs and run both training courses for collectors or educational seminars for supervisors and senior management.

Furthermore, we have built up a vast experience of occupational drug & alcohol testing in the past 22 years and have developed effective processes to pass on this information to you and your staff.

We can supply you with PoCTs for use by your own collectors. Alternatively, we can supply our experienced collectors to carry out both point-of-care testing or the collection of samples, where appropriate. All our medical staff are up-to-date with the latest practices in the field of occupational drug testing.

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For information and advice about both PoCTs [Point-of-Care Testing] and laboratory testing, please contact our Commercial Team on 020 7500 6900 or click here to view page.

We look forward to helping you soon.

Not Just Dust

The railway industry is becoming increasingly aware of the dangers caused by dust in ballast. This dust contains dangerous silica particles. It’s a threat to the health of your workers. Moreover, it has been linked to the danger of asbestos and therefore employers have reacted responsibly to avert a long-term health catastrophe.

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New January Weekend Opening

Express Medicals’ London clinic will be open on the 13 and 27 January (9am-1pm for medical assessments and drug and alcohol testing), making it even easier for you to fit in appointments round your work hours.

Furthermore, we’re trialing weekend openings next month in order to fit our customer’s busy schedules. Continue reading