Before you go
Well before travelling abroad, 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.
At least two months before departure, discuss any vaccination requirements with our Practice Nurse. Before making your appointment, please complete our Travel Risk Assessment form so the Nurse is aware of the vaccinations you will need.
Pack a small first aid kit containing: adhesive dressing, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets.
Check on the quality of drinking water. If in doubt, either drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may very well have been made from suspect water.
Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruit 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 monitored closely in this respect.
In hot climates 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 your return. When donating blood, tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.