Our Medical Centres offer comprehensive travel appointments.
To get the best from your appointment:
- Advise our receptionist when making your booking that you wish to make an appointment relating to travel advice.
- Ideally, this appointment should be booked at least six weeks in advance. Many vaccines take time to become effective, and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of weeks. If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see your doctor. It might not be too late to get your shots or medications and other information about how to protect yourself while travelling.
- Bring your previous immunisation history to avoid duplication.
- Bring detail of your destinations, as preventative measures may differ for urban and rural areas.
You should also:
- Take a travellers medical kit for self treatment and familiarise yourself with health care abroad.
- Always purchase appropriate travel insurance.
During your trip
- Cardiovascular disease, trauma and drowning are the most frequent causes of death, and are more common than infectious diseases while abroad.
- Safe behaviour is as important as specific vaccinations and drugs.
- Remember basic hygiene, safe eating and drinking.
- Avoid unpleasant but common constipation with a high fibre diet
- Avoid insect bites with good quality insect repellents, mosquito nets
- Avoid substance and alcohol abuse and associated indiscretions. Be aware of drink spiking
- Practice safe sexual contact.
- Be aware of blood borne infections.
- Consider environmental risks of contaminated soil, water, or caves.
- Avoid animal bites and scratches. Don’t touch anything with teeth! All bite wounds should be cleaned with soap and copious amounts of water. Seek medical advice within 48 hours if there is a possible rabies risk.
- Traffic accident rate in developing countries is high. The risk of crash related injuries is higher and the consequences of injuries may be greater in developing countries. The highest risk is with motorcycles. Check the condition of the vehicle you are travelling in, especially tyres, lights and brakes. Always wear a seatbelt in cars, or an approved safety helmet for motor cycles.
- Avoid driving at night. Avoid excessive speed. Don’t drink and drive.
- Aquatic injury is the second most common cause for life threatening injuries in travellers. Familiarise yourself with local conditions. Don’t overestimate your capabilities and don’t undertake aquatic activities when intoxicated.
- Avoid walking alone in remote areas, back streets, or beaches, where there may be a risk of personal attack.
- Valuables, tickets, passports and cash should be left in hotel safes.
After your return
Complete malaria medications as prescribed.
Please make an appointment to see your doctor, if you have any symptoms relating to possible infections, eg: Coughing, Skin rashes, Fever, Diarrhoea, or neurological symptoms, for up to six months after your trip.
If you have had any vaccinations previously, it is best if you start about 3 months before you travel.
We can do a full range of travel vaccinations on-site.
We keep all of these in-stock at our practice. Come in and discuss what is needed as there is no need to go away and bring the vaccine back.
Our Pre-Travel questionnaire available as a pdf document.Download (178kB)