We have a dedicated Travel Clinic in which our Practice nurses can not only provide a full range of travel vaccinations, but also advice on ways to stay healthy when travelling. The NHS does not provide free treatment for all vaccinations and malaria preventative treatments but our published rates are always fairly and competitively priced. Please allow 8 weeks…….
Yellow Fever: We are a designated Centre for Yellow Fever immunisation.
This is a useful website for you to look up prior to your travel appointment, or to work out vaccinations you might need when planning a trip.
WITH THOUGHTS OF WINTER BREAKS IN THE SUN, WE SET OUT BELOW A FEW HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND SAFE WHEN YOU TRAVEL ABROAD.
FOOD AND WATER HYGIENE
- If you can’t wash it or peel it don’t eat it.
- Stick to hot freshly cooked foods.
- Avoid salads and uncooked foods especially shellfish and avoid foods made with unpasteurised milk.
- Drink only bottled water – use for brushing teeth.
- Avoid ice cubes.
- Water filter/purification tablets.
- Dehydration sachets.
- Always use factor 15 plus – apply 15-30 minutes prior to going out into the sun first thing in the day.
- Re-apply frequently.
- Cover up if out in the midday sun.
- Wear a hat.
- Keep fluid intake up.
- No unprotected sex.
- Take condoms – British Kite Mark.
- Keep condoms out of the heat.
- Remember risk of hepatitis B and HIV.
- Drink plenty of fluids – flat better than fizzy.
- Not too much alcohol.
- In flight socks.
- Deep breathing and leg exercises.
- Aspirin before long haul flights if not contraindicated.
- Take plenty of routine medication.
- Always carry in hand luggage.
- Remember the contraceptive pill may be affected by severe vomiting, diarrhoea and antibiotics.
- Have check up – particularly for those going on extended trips.
FIRST AID – MEDICAL KITS
- Take basic first aid kit plus medical pack with needles etc.
- Always carry with you. DO NOT LEAVE IN ACCOMMODATION.
- Do not overdo alcohol.
- Be sensible.
- Do not leave drinks unattended.
- Accidents, injuries and motor vehicles – standard may vary.
- Avoid tattoos and body piercings.
- Do not accept any packages.
- Ensure all vaccination Certificates have been completed.
- Insurance – check exclusions eg, pre-existing conditions and dangerous activities.
- Take photocopies of documentation ie, passport, E111 and give to travelling companions or post details on personal e-mail account.
- Give all travellers a copy of government leaflet – Health Advice for Travellers.
- Several drugs of choice. Advice according to separate protocols.
- Give patient information leaflets at first visit.
- Use insect repellent containing DEET. Knock down sprays, mosquito coils and plug ins.
- Cover up from dusk to dawn.
- Nothing is 100% effective against malaria therefore always be aware of risk and symptoms of malaria