We expect our patients to take appropriate health precautions prior to and when travelling abroad – consult a Nurse at the surgery at least two months or as soon as you can before your departure and she will advise you what vaccinations are required and what medications you may need. All you need to do is collect a Travel Health and Vaccination Assessment Form from reception. If you would prefer to complete it at home, please download it here, complete and hand in to reception.
You should also arrange adequate medical insurance and if you are visiting an EU country you will need a “European Health Insurance Card” which is available from the Health Service Executive. Details can be found by clicking here.
Points to note:
– Personal hygiene is essential.
– Take a small first aid kit.
– Beware bites from insects and animals. Many diseases are insect-borne and rabies is widespread.
– Be careful with raw vegetables, salads, fruit, shellfish and ice-cubes.
– Respect the power of the sun and use sun creams regularly.
– Sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS) are a major health threat throughout the world; condoms offer some protection.
– If you take anti-malarial tablets remember to follow the manufacturers instructions: e.g. “start one week before departure and continue for four weeks after your return”.
Travel vaccinations are not covered under the NHS. However, we do offer advice and some travel vaccinations such as polio, tetanus and certain boosters provided we have up to date records of your previous vaccinations.
If you are travelling very soon and need vaccinations urgently, these can be done privately through the Bristol Travel Clinic on 0330 100 4141. Please note there are other travel clinics available.
Fit for Travel – www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Lonely Planet – www.lonelyplanet.com
UK travel health site – www.travelhealth.co.uk
Department of Health – www.open.gov.uk/doh/hat/index.htm
Foreign and Commonwealth Office - - www.fco.gov.uk/travel
You can also get up to date travel vaccination information from NHS 111 at any time on 111