People who are travelling outside the UK may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases that are found in other parts of the world.
Please call in to the surgery to collect a Travel Questionnaire form or alternatively, download this PDF version. Please complete and hand back to reception ideally 8-10 weeks prior to travel. The practice nurse will contact you if necessary to discuss your travel requirements.
If you return your form to us any later than 4 weeks before travel, we may advise you to attend a private travel clinic.
Keeping safe abroad
Blood-borne infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are more common in many parts of the world than in the UK. Some countries do not have the same standards of medical and dental hygiene that we have here. Tattooing and body piercing studios abroad may also not operate to the same hygiene standards as in this country.
If you have sex with someone other than your usual partner, always use a condom. Condoms, used properly, protect against HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections.
It is a good idea to take a supply of condoms with you when you travel, if you think you may need them. Those bought in the UK should have the British Standard Kite mark or the European Standard CE mark.
Medical or Dental Treatment
If you do need medical or dental treatment while you are abroad:
- Make sure that any medical equipment is sterilised or is taken from a sealed pack.
- Only have medical treatment if it is essential – Doctors and Dentists in some countries may give injections or blood transfusions when they are not really needed. So make sure that a transfusion or injection is absolutely essential if offered.
- If you need a blood transfusion, ask for screened blood.
- Make sure that your travelling companions have read this page or are, at least, aware of your wishes.