ARDS Test: The Medical
The final piece of the jigsaw to be granted an MSA National B Race License is to book and pass the full medical checkup.
It is essentially the same as what you’ll need for top quality life insurance. Most Doctors charge around £100 for this.
I did some searching around, and found others had paid a lot more than this, and some as little as £50!
On a recent first aid course at work, I asked the instructor on the off-chance he’d know someone who could do a good price, and as it turned out he did! As a PCV license holder, he was subject to regular medicals, and used a Dr Hill based in the West Midlands area.
I called the number I’d been given, and spoke directly to Dr Hill (I’ll add his details below) – no nonsense, nice and friendly, and he offered me his first available appointment on a weekend.
This involved a bit of a trek to Shrewsbury, but getting somewhere closer to home would be a longer wait, and at least it’s a pleasant drive out that way.
And he said it would be £40! Bargain!
So the day came, and off I headed, praying my urine sample didn’t leak in the car on the drive over (as it turns out, a can of Guinness exploded in my car on the journey, but I suppose it’s a more pleasant smell to put up with).
He prodded me about a bit, asked the important questions (about diabetes, epilepsy, non-motorsport related mental defects etc), listened to my heart and breathing, and did a full eye test for vision and colour blindness.
I’m pleased to say my eyes are perfect. My blood pressure, on the other hand, wasn’t.
The first time he took the pressure, he’d been asking me about what I was racing and stuff. I’m sure this might relax most people, but even typing about the chance to climb into a Formula racing car now gets my adrenalin going!
Added to this, I’d woken up with The Lurgy.
So I had it recorded at 140/90 on the form – which isn’t ideal, but shouldn’t cause any problems.
The whole thing was done very quickly and efficiently, he stamped my ARDS license application form, and I was out the door within a very short time to go and find things to do in Shropshire on a Sunday when you’re ill.
I gawped at a few floods in the area and then went home to get the last parts of the film filled in ready for the New Year when I could send it off.
So it’s all in the post – practical and medical tests done and dusted, passport pic attached, and within the next week or so I should be sent out my first ever National B Race License!
In the mean time, the Motorsport International Show is on at Birmingham NEC shortly, so I shall hopefully get my race equipment cheap from there.
Then it’s time to talk about getting the Formula Vee booked in to a test day – and I can take to the wheel for the first time and see…
Who knows? If I’m Senna or Slow!
Bring it on!
*** If you need a reasonably priced medical check, and are based close enough to the Wolverhampton/Shrewsbury/Kidderminster area, contact Dr Hill on 07802 690 896.
Read the other blogs in my ARDS license series: