"Extensive visible tattoos are unacceptable" - starting medicine this September

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That's an email from the uni regarding appearance in clinical areas. Problem is, i can't cover up my tattoo sleeve. :confused:
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That's an email from the uni regarding appearance in clinical areas. Problem is, i can't cover up my tattoo sleeve. :confused:
Either cover up as much as you can with makeup or when allowed, long sleeved tops, or let the uni know and try and persuade them
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You'd really have to contact the medical school about this, as you will be spending all of your clinical time bare below the elbows.
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You'd really have to contact the medical school about this, as you will be spending all of your clinical time bare below the elbows.
I'll contact them after i start uni, just to be safe.

Has anyone seen a med student or even a doctor with visible tattoos? Do you think it's just the policy of this particular uni?
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Were you not aware of this before medicine? How many doctors have you seen with sleeve tattoos? I want a sleeve but I just know that it wouldn't be allowed
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Were you not aware of this before medicine? How many doctors have you seen with sleeve tattoos? I want a sleeve but I just know that it wouldn't be allowed
Yes. As i understand it, the NHS states that only offensive tattoos must be covered. That's all.

Maybe the uni's are simply trying to deter med students from getting tattoos, but cannot kick people off the course if they have them.

It's all a bit confusing really!
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I'm only about to start med school too so I don't KNOW, but if you're a competent doctor it's not like the NHS could afford to not hire you because of a sleeve tattoo. And it doesn't sound plausible that your med school would just kick you out because of it when clinical years start. It's maybe not ideal but I think you'll be fine.
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I'll contact them after i start uni, just to be safe.

Has anyone seen a med student or even a doctor with visible tattoos? Do you think it's just the policy of this particular uni?
Not a sleeve.

Tbh, you are in a difficult position since you already have it.
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did the uni know you had a sleeve when they admitted you? is it in their T&Cs that you can't have one?

You need to speak to your advisor/the uni.


I've never seen a doctor with a sleeve. I imiagine it wouldn't be a problem for younger people but it could scare/worry older people. It's just how their generation is.
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Urgh why would a sleeve tattoo make you perform your job any less well? You're literally saving lives, what are some patterns on your arms going to do??? Sorry I just really hate this "no tattoos ever in any job" custom
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(Original post by Moura)
did the uni know you had a sleeve when they admitted you? is it in their T&Cs that you can't have one?

You need to speak to your advisor/the uni.


I've never seen a doctor with a sleeve. I imiagine it wouldn't be a problem for younger people but it could scare/worry older people. It's just how their generation is.
They only saw me at the interview stage wearing a suit.

The only policy on tattoos is what i stated above.
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There's absolutely no problem here as long as the tattoo isn't offensive. There are laws that protect against this type of discrimination.
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That's an email from the uni regarding appearance in clinical areas. Problem is, i can't cover up my tattoo sleeve. :confused:
Why can't you cover it? Or do you just mean temporarily because it's a recent tattoo?
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Definetly speak to them,Which hopefully world out but if not there is permanent make up, especially for covering up body scars, tattoos and anything else that could be hidden.(not actually permanent btw)
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I'll contact them after i start uni, just to be safe.

Has anyone seen a med student or even a doctor with visible tattoos? Do you think it's just the policy of this particular uni?
No, I've never actually seen a fellow medic or a doctor with a visible tattoo. I have seen healthcare assistants and nursing staff with them, however.
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(Original post by medicbraff)
That's an email from the uni regarding appearance in clinical areas. Problem is, i can't cover up my tattoo sleeve. :confused:
You should be alright as long as there's nothing offensive in the sleeve.

(Original post by navarre)
No, I've never actually seen a fellow medic or a doctor with a visible tattoo. I have seen healthcare assistants and nursing staff with them, however.
I know a few people doing medicine who have visible tattoos on their wrists with no problems, although they're not sleeves, it shouldn't really be any different
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I've seen one doctor with a sleeve and several more with visible forearm tattoos. As long as it's not offensive, I think most people won't care, and if you comply with the rest of the dress policy I don't think they'd really be able to discipline you for it. Heavy cover-up make-up is probably more of an infection control issue than just leaving it on display!

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Urgh why would a sleeve tattoo make you perform your job any less well? You're literally saving lives, what are some patterns on your arms going to do??? Sorry I just really hate this "no tattoos ever in any job" custom
For the same reason you can't wear a tie and need to be bare below the elbow. It's an infection risk.
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For the same reason you can't wear a tie and need to be bare below the elbow. It's an infection risk.
Tattoos can pass infections?
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For the same reason you can't wear a tie and need to be bare below the elbow. It's an infection risk.
How exactly is a bit of pigmented dermis going to pass on infections? A new fresh tattoo perhaps, but otherwise?

Unless you're talking about BBVs and the restrictions NHSBT have on blood donation. Well, unless you're planning on pouring your blood into a patient's system, I suspect you'll be fine.
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