Medical guidelines and forms

The BAS Medical unit is based in Plymouth. They review everyone’s medical status before deployment, both Arctic and Antarctic.

The BASMU 3 is the self assessment form that must be filled out for every deployment.

A medical done by a doctor (the BASMU 4) must be done on your first deployment, and thereafter according to age, unless requested by BASMU.

  • 5 yearly review medical until age 35
  • 3 yearly review medical thereafter to age 50 Annual review after 50

All papers are reviewed by BASMU on a case by case basis, depending upon the individual and the destination, and length of deployment.

Although Personnel will check that all staff on Antarctic duty are medically screened before travelling South, please note that it is also the responsibility of the individual to ensure they complete all the required procedures.

Wintering staff will be required to undergo blood donor screening as per the BAS policy on this issue. Summer staff are encouraged to provide their blood group if known.

The “review” will continue to be either a full medical or consultation on the recommendation of BASMU and final decision on a member of staff’s fitness will rest with the BASMU Medical Director, Dr Anne Hicks.

Medical Guidelines/Requirements

(Please read first)
Medical requirements for BAS Antarctic / Arctic employment or deployment pdf | rtf
Medical Aspects of Living and Working in Antarctica (BASMU 2) pdf
Medical insurance guidelines for Non BAS Staff pdf | rtf

Forms and Policy Documents

BASMU 1 – Antarctic Service Application Medical Form (if applying for employment with BAS) pdf|rtf
BASMU 2 – Medical Aspects of Living and Working in Antarctica pdf|rtf
BASMU 3 – Medical Questionnaire (Including Consent Form) pdf|rtf
BASMU 4 – Medical Examination Form (completion by examining doctor) pdf|rtf
BASMU 5 – Notes for Examining Doctor pdf|rtf
BASMU 6 – Blood Transfusion Policy and Blood Group / Donor Consent Form pdf|rtf
Blood Testing Information Sheet pdf|rtf
BASMU 7 – Antarctic/Arctic Summer season dental form pdf|rtf
BASMU 8 – BAS Wintering Staff Dental Assessment pdf|rtf
BAS Medical Requirement Check List pdf|rtf
List of Immunisations Required pdf|rtf
Medical Insurance (Summer Visitors only) pdf | rtf
Policy on Pregnancy in the Antarctic and Arctic pdf | rtf
BAS Immunisation Policy pdf|rtf