Travel Health

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.

When Abroad

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.

Africa

Central Asia

East Asia

Australasia & Pacific

Caribbean

Central America

Europe & Russia

Middle East

North America

South America & Antarctica

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. 

Travel Assessment Form.PDF

Further Travel Information

The following websites will give you additional travel advice

Travel Health for information on vaccinations available on NHS

MASTA for private vaccination clinics

Gov.uk for specific country travel advice

EHIC to apply for your free European Health Insurance Card