General Travel Advice
Before You Go
Well before travelling abroad, check with your travel agent or the tourist office/embassy of the country you intend to visit about any special precautions you may need to take. At least two months before departing discuss any vaccination requirements with the practice nurse. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc; ask at the pharmacy.
Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt, either drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruit should be carefully washed in clean water. Again, if in doubt, stick to freshly cooked food.
Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen especially in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored.
In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly you are not drinking enough.
On Your Return
If you fall ill tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad and what countries you have just visited. If you have had treatment abroad tell your doctor. When donating blood tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.
Do you need vaccinations?
Our Nurses can provide comprehensive travel health advice and arrange for appropriate immunisations. Please arrange an appointment for a travel consultation at least 6-8 weeks before departure if possible. Vaccines need time to take effect and some may require a course over several weeks.
Select the region you are travelling to find out more.
Travel Assessment Form
We offer a full travel advice and immunisation service. If you are travelling abroad please complete and submit the travel form in plenty of time (we recommend 6-8 weeks) before your journey.
Please complete the Travel Assessment Form and book a Travel appointment with a nurse.