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Frequently Asked Questions

UK TB Screening Overview


You can download the entire overview document (seen below) by clicking here.

ShipMed does the UK TB Screening on behalf of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM).

For a summary of information regarding your UK medical exam, please read the below instructions carefully.


For more detailed information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa

International Organisation of Migration Website: https://southafrica.iom.int/uk-tb-testing

Booking your UK TB Screening appointment:

Note: Payment must be made to the IOM before you present for your appointment.

How to book your appointment:

Via our website booking portal: (ENTER ADDRESS)

Call Shipmed on +27 (0) 31 2618291

    • Request a unique Reference Number (this must be used as a reference on your payment)
    • Choose an available day and time to present for your medical.

Pricing

Applicant Age Requirement Price

Under 11 years old Medical Check, no x-ray. R1250 per applicant

11 years or older X-ray only R2500 per applicant

Pricing as per 2021 March

Payment Details (EFT ONLY)

Payment is made to the IOM and not ShipMed (this is important for refund-related queries)

Bank: First National Bank

Account Holder: Int Org of Mig

Account Number: 62165532724

Branch: Brooklyn

Branch code: 251345

Reference No: E.g. DBN123

AT your UK TB Screening Appointment

Bring all of the following:

  • Original, valid passport
  • Proof of Payment reflecting your Reference Number
  • Any UK Address and contact details (this does not have to be a place where you will stay but the address of anyone you know in the UK)

Process at ShipMed

This process can take up to six hours to complete, but you can get your certificate on the same day.

Each applicant's details will be captured.

A photo will be taken

Applicants under 11 years old will not need an xray.

Applicants 11 years and older will present to Lake, Smit & Partners (Entabeni Hospital) for an xray.

The radiologist will then send their report to ShipMed for review.

If you have no features to suggest TB infection or TB disease in the lungs then your certificate will be generated.

What if my x-ray is not normal?

If there is any suspicion of TB infection or TB disease on your x-ray:

  • You will be called in to see the doctor who will examine you further.
  • You will be required by IOM to provide sputum samples for laboratory testing to exclude TB.

Sputum Collection and Testing Process (if necessary)

Three different sputum samples (respiratory tract secretions) will be required.

One sample must be taken at ShipMed each day, for three consecutive days.

Each sample is tested for:

  • Acid Fast Bacilli (results available within 24 hours)
  • Microscopy, Culture and Sensitivity (results can take 6 – 8 weeks)

If all three sputum are clear then you will get a certificate.

If any of your sputum shows TB after 8 weeks then you will need to begin six months of TB treatment either at your local clinic or a private specialist (you will get your certificate once your treatment is complete and your TB repeat tests are clear).

ShipMed (Panel Clinic) Location

Our rooms are within the Ear, Nose and Throat Centre


25 Glenwood Drive, Glenwood, Durban, 4001

Payment Options

  • EFT Only (Proof of Payment must be provided at the appointment)

IMPORTANT – once you have your certificate:

  • Do not fold it
  • Do not laminate it
  • Do not write on it
  • Do carry it, safely, in your hand luggage when you travel.

Warmest regards

Drs Addington and Park-Ross

Panel Physicians (Australia/New Zealand/UK)




Which UKTB applicants need an xray?


(To download the UKTB Screening Overview document click here.)

This depends on the applicant's age:

Applicant Age Requirement Price

Under 11 years old Medical Check, no x-ray. R1250 per applicant

11 years & older X-ray R2500 per applicant




What do I need to bring fro my UKTB Screening appointment?


(To download the Australian IME Overview document click here.)

Bring all of the following:

  • Original, valid passport
  • Proof of Payment reflecting your Reference Number
  • Any UK Address and contact details (this does not have to be a place where you will stay but the address of anyone you know in the UK).




How do I get to ShipMed?


For Google Maps directions click here. From the North Coast:

  • From N2 take Gateway exit onto M41, head towards M4.
  • Take M4 until Bram Fisher Rd, then turn right (still M4).
  • Carry on straight, merge onto N3.
  • From N3, take Exit 3 (Berea Rd South).
  • At robots, left onto Mazisi Kunene Rd.
  • After Entabeni Hospital, take first right (into Glenwood Drive).
  • Look for the Ear, Nose & Throat Centre (on the left).
  • We are inside the ENT Centre!
From the South Coast:
  • From N2 take exit 165 (EB Cloete Interchange) onto N3, towards Durban.
  • Take Exit 3 (Toll Gate Bridge) for Mazisi Kunene Rd.
  • At robots, turn right to go over the bridge.
  • Carry on up the hill.
  • After Entabeni Hospital, take first right (into Glenwood Drive).
  • Look for the Ear, Nose & Throat Centre (on the left).
  • We are inside the ENT Centre!




How much will my UKTB Screening medical cost?


Applicant Age Requirement Price

Under 11 years old Medical Check, no x-ray. R1250 per applicant

11 years & older X-ray R2500 per applicant

Prices as per 2021 March




How long will my medical take on the day?


Duration of Medical

When you get to ShipMed on the day of your UKTB Screening each applicant will be required to:

  • Fill in multiple forms (only available at the Panel Clinic)

  • Have a photo taken

  • Be examined by the Panel Physician

It will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes per applicant (e.g. Family of four will take approximately three hours)

At Lake, Smit & Partners (Panel Radiologist)

  • Your chest xray will be done at the Lake, Smit & Partners, Entabeni Branch.

  • Please call Lake, Smit & Partners for any questions related to the chest x-ray procedure.

  • You can find the contact details of Lake, Smit & Partners, Entabeni branch here

  • The xray will then be sent, electronically, to ShipMed and, if normal, your certificate will be issued and ready for collection at around 14h00 the same day.




Do I need to fast or specially prepare for my medical?


No special preparation is required for the UKTB Screening Medical.




How do I pay for the UKTB Screening medical?


Payment Details

Payment is made to the IOM (International Organisation of Migration)

Only EFT payment is acceptable and this must be done prior to your appointment.

Proof of payment must be retained and brought with you to your appointment.

Payment is made to the IOM and not ShipMed

Bank: First National Bank

Account Holder: Int Org of Mig

Account Number: 62165532724

Branch: Brooklyn

Branch code: 251345

Reference No: E.g. DBN123




I'm pregnant, should I do the chest xray?


You must inform the Panel Physician and the Panel Radiologist of your pregnancy. There are risks involved in exposing your fetus to the radiation of any xray. Please call Lake, Smit and Partners, ahead of your medical appointment, to discuss the risks involved so that you can make an infromed decision. If you choose not to do your chest xray, your medical will be put on hold until you complete the chest xray after you have given birth.




Will I need a report from my specialist or doctor?


Some conditions require a report from your specialist or doctor which will be submitted with your application. Your Panel Physician will, after chatting with you during your appointment, advise you if you need to provide a report clarifying any conditions your might have. Common conditions that will very likely require a report: Cancer (Oncologist or Surgeon Report) Diagnosis or treatment within the past five years. Neurological Conditions (Neurologist Report) Ongoing neurological disease whether requiring treatment or not. Psychiatirc Conditions/Psyhciatric Medications (Psychiatrist Report) Any diagnosed psyhciatirc illness whether requiring treatment or not. Use of any psychiatirc medications. These require a psychiatirst or prescribing doctor's report. Cardiovascular Conditions (Cardiologist Report) Stroke - any stoke in the past five years or ongoing disability or impairment as a result of a stroke at any time of your life. Heart Attack or Chest Pain - any heart attack or chest pain related to heart disease in the past five years. These all require a cardiologist report. Endocrine Conditions (Endocrinologist Report) Diabetes with complications of end organ damage (kidney disease, eye disease) Ongoing endocrine disease with complications. Childhood Developmental or Learning Problems (Paediatrician Report) Any use of medication like Ritalin, Concerta, etc for concentration will require an up-to-date school report and a report from the pediatrician or prescribing doctor. Any underlying learning or developmental disabilities will aslo require a letter from your paediatician or therapist. Below is a list of referral letters from us which outline what information we require from each specialist (click to view or download)




How do I book my appointment?


Booking your UK TB Screening appointment:

Note: Payment must be made to the IOM before you present for your appointment.

Call Shipmed on +27 (0) 31 2618291

    • Request a unique Reference Number (this must be used as a reference on your payment)
    • Choose an available day and time to present for your medical.





Directions from:
SOUTH
COAST
  • From N2 take exit 165 (EB Cloete Interchange) onto N3, towards Durban.

  • Take Exit 3 (Toll Gate Bridge) for Mazisi Kunene Rd.

  • At robots, turn right to go over the bridge.

  • Carry on up the hill.

  • After Entabeni Hospital, take first right (into Glenwood Drive).

  • Look for the Ear, Nose & Throat Centre (on the left).

  • We are inside the ENT Centre!

Directions from:
NORTH
COAST
  • From N2 take Gateway exit onto M41, head towards M4.

  • Take M4 until Bram Fisher Rd, then turn right (still M4).

  • Carry on straight, merge onto N3.

  • From N3, take Exit 3 (Berea Rd South).

  • At robots, left onto Mazisi Kunene Rd.

  • After Entabeni Hospital, take first right (into Glenwood Drive).

  • Look for the Ear, Nose & Throat Centre (on the left).

  • We are inside the ENT Centre!