About Us

South West Independent Medical Services is an independent occupational health company founded in 1989 in the South West of England by Consultant Occupational Health Physician Dr Alan Bray MB ChB DA FFOM MIOA. It has since expanded and now has a client base in many areas of the UK.

Formally of the Royal Navy, Alan has wide experience of the diving industry, offshore oil & gas, NHS trusts, local authority, waste management, civil service, animal workers and chemical industries. Alan holds HSE appointments for commercial diving, radiation, lead and asbestos and is retained for expert reports by the medical legal and insurance industries.

SWIMS is an owner led business and Alan personally negotiates and advises prospective contracts, visiting premises and meeting managers and employees.

Alan has a special interest in all aspects of the commercial diving and the oil & gas industry and has travelled extensively in Australia and New Zealand in secondments to hyperbaric units. Lecturing widely on the topic of diving safety, he is committed to promoting safe diving especially with those embarking on a career in the industry or moving into the tutorial role of sport diving.

No business is too small and SWIMS often closes the gap of affordability on the smaller premises of a few workers who can potentially miss out on occupational health provision. For these small enterprises often no contract or retainer is required, after risk assessment a tailored economic service can usually be negotiated.

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