Before travelling overseas, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:
Whether there are any specific health risks in the country you are travelling to for which you need to take precautions – for example, malaria
- how to avoid becoming ill when you are abroad
- what to do if you do become ill when you are abroad
- how to get emergency medical treatment when you are abroad
Our travel services offer advice on travel illnesses and a full range of vaccinations. In order for you to prepare for travel, please collect a travel form from reception, complete and hand back to surgery. The Practice Nurse will then assess the length of appointment you will required. We ask that you telephone the surgery 2 weeks after you have handed in your form – reception will then be able to advise on length of appointment and book this for you.
If you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about your travel vaccinations at least 12 weeks before you’re due to leave as some vaccinations can take time to become effective and there are limited appointments available.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Travel Illnesses and Vaccinations – NHS Choices