Our practice nurses will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. The practice is a registered and approved yellow fever centre. Ideally travel vaccinations should be given at least six weeks prior to the date of travel. Please note that charges apply in relation to certain travel vaccinations.
Before You Go
Well before travelling abroad you should check with your travel agent or the tourist office/embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. Any vaccinations can be given by the Practice Nurses. Please note that vaccinations should ideally be given at least six weeks before departure. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc.
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 fruits should be carefully washed in clean water. If in doubt stick to freshly cooked food. Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen particularly in the first few days of exposure.
Children in particular should be closely monitored in this respect. In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly you are not
On Your Return
If you fall ill, don't forget to tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad. If you have received treatment abroad, advise your own doctor on your return. When donating blood, tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.