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Travel Advice

Our practice nurses will be pleased to give advice to those going abroad. We are a registered Yellow Fever Centre. Many vaccines are not free under the NHS and a charge will be made. 

Travel Vaccination Fees

It is important that sufficient time is given for your immunisations to take effect.  Our advice is at least two full weeks, so you need to make a travel assessment appointment at least 8 weeks before you travel. If you make a last minute holiday booking or leave your appointment request until the last minute our nurses may not be able to honour the series of appointments required for foreign travel.  You may be advised to attend a Travel Clinic.  We will do our very best to honour your appointment & with your planning and organisation this is unlikely to be denied.

Any vaccinations requiring payment will not be given without prior payment.

Click here to download our Travel Risk Assessment Form

Before You Go

Well before travelling abroad, check with your travel agent or the tourist authority/embassy of the country your intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. At least 8 weeks before departure discuss any vaccination requirements with the practice nurse. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellant, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets. The Pharmacy will also be able to advise on what to include in a first aid pack.

When Abroad

Depending on the country being visited check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt about its cleanliness 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.

In hot climates beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen particularly in the first few days of exposure. Children especially should be closely monitored in this respect.

In hot climates also 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, don’t forget to tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad. If you have received treatment abroad, tell your own doctor on return. When donating blood, tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.

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