mobileBupa has introduced new mobile occupational health screening units for corporate clients. The large vans, which replicate Bupa’s static occupational health facilities, were created to reduce the number of working hours lost by clients’ employees travelling to medical screenings.

The mobile units were designed for Bupa’s client, Network Rail, to reach their 37,000 employees more easily. The units will be made available to other companies later this year, providing clients with more flexibility in occupational health screening.

Standard medical tests are carried out on the Bupa units, including height, weight, body mass index, vision, hearing, urine, drug and alcohol testing as well as tests for hand arm vibration and mobility.

The first mobile unit was up and running in March in Llanelli, where it will be based for three months, visiting Cardiff, Newport and Shrewsbury. The second unit began operating in Perth at the end of March and will be offered to other clients during the year.

Tracey Fletcher, managing director, Bupa Health Clinics said: “We are delighted with the new mobile screening units. Now we can take our screening services closer to Network Rail’s employee, which is much more convenient for them, and saves Network Rail money in terms of lost working hours, while making sure they are still compliant with health surveillance standards. We are proud of our ability to meet clients’ needs in this way and have already had interest from other companies who want to adopt this idea.”