Our Practice Nurse will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. Please collect a travel questionnaire from Reception, complete it and hand it back to Reception. The Practice Nurse will then advise accordingly and arrange any prescriptions necessary for certain vaccines. It is advisable to allow adequate time for any vaccines to become effective, (normally about three weeks prior to a short trip and for longer stay holidays or more complex destinations at least two months is advisable). Travel questionnaires can also be completed online on the practice website – www.dounehealthcentre.co.uk.
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, find out about any vaccination requirements from the Practice Nurse. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc…..ask at your pharmacist.
Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt 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. Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen, particularly in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored 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, tell your own doctor on return.
When donating blood, tell the Transfusion Staff which countries you have visited.