Foreign Travel Health
If you are travelling outside Europe, North America or Australia / New Zealand, you are likely to need preventive health advice specific to the countries you are visiting; this needs to be accurate and up-to-date and can be obtained from the following numbers (Please note that calls will cost at least 50p per minute):
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases – 0906 133 7733
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – 0906 701 0095
Malaria Reference Laboratory – 0906 550 8908
The practice nurse is happy to give advice, by appointment, on vaccination and other health requirements for foreign travel although patients may need expert travel advice from the specialists at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine if the travel itinerary is intricate or has multiple destinations.
If you require travel vaccinations please download and complete the Travel Vaccination Questionnaire and bring or fax it to the practice when you book your appointment.
Once specialist advice has been obtained, the vaccinations can be administered, at the traveller’s discretion, either by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, who may charge a fee, or by Tracey Peet, our Practice Nurse, free of charge.
Please note that it is the travel advice itself that requires the expertise not the actual vaccination(s).
You can obtain travel and travel vaccination advice from the Department of Health’s own travel advice website onhttp://www.nathnac.org/index.htm
Another useful travel website can be found at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/ which is a public access website provided by NHS Scotland.
For a small fee, you can obtain a full and informative travel health brief personally designed for travellers from the Masta Travel website http://www.masta-travel-health.com
Following appropriate assessment, vaccinations will be scheduled. Please note there is a charge for Yellow Fever and for certain other vaccinations that are not routinely provided by the practice.
For some courses of treatment to be effective they need to be started several weeks before travel - please don’t leave making an appointment to the last minute. Ideally travel vaccination should be completed at least 6 weeks before travel but a minimum of 4 weeks notice is required. If you give us less notice than this we may try to accommodate you, however, much will depend on the Practice Nurse’s work load and the complexity of your travel itinerary. Please be prepared to be told to attend the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine instead.
For those patients with complex itineraries or for those working abroad for longer than 3 months it can be very difficult to work out the appropriate vaccinations and you may need to attend the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Patients giving less than 1 week’s notice will need to attend the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Malaria is a dangerous tropical infection against which you will need to take precautions before travel.
We will provide private prescriptions for malaria tablets following a telephone consultation with your GP. Before making an appointment for a telephone consultation you should:
- have consulted authoritative advice about the currently most suitable medication
- ensure you are not pregnant or intending to conceive in the time the anti-malaria tablets are being taken
- intend using other anti-mosquito precautions such as repellent sprays and bed nets.
There may be a fee for the private prescription.
Garswood Surgery is a designated WHO Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
Yellow Fever vaccine is very effective against this deadly disease. It protects you from 10 days after the vaccination, and is administered in a single injection. It is vital that you have this vaccination for all areas where the disease occurs. The current advice is to have the vaccination repeated every 10 years.
In countries where there are mosquitoes that could transmit the virus, actual documentation is required before you can obtain permission to enter the country, which states that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. This can only be provided by a stamp in the yellow international vaccination card issued by a WHO recognised vaccination centre.
You do not need to be a patient of Garswood Surgery for us to vaccinate you against Yellow Fever.
This vaccine is expensive. It has a short shelf life and so we do not stock it routinely. As it is sometimes difficult to obtain, we require notice that you need this vaccination so that we can ensure that we have supplies of the vaccine beforehand.
If you require a yellow fever vaccination please download and complete the Yellow Fever Questionnaire and bring or fax it to the practice when you book your appointment.
The cost of the vaccination is £90.00
Please telephone the practice to make an appointment for your Yellow Fever vaccination at least 12 days before travelling. The staff will advise you of the current cost of the vaccination which includes the International Certificate of Vaccination.
It is possible that we would not recommend Yellow Fever vaccination to:
- Pregnant women
- People over the age of 60 years
- People with an Immune Deficiency
- Children under age 9 months
If necessary we will provide letters of exemption from Yellow Fever vaccination. The cost of this is £20.00.
CLICK HERE for an interactive world map which has the latest information about the country situation with respect to yellow fever vaccination requirements and recommendations and malaria risk and prevention.
We recommend you use anti-mosquito measures and take out Travel Insurance.
If you have a medical condition, you should inform the Insurance Company about this.
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Travel Insurance for patients with complex medical histories
Travel insurance provides vital protection against the risk of incurring large medical bills should you require emergency medical treatment abroad, however, many insurance companies refuse cover to people with existing medical conditions. Unfortunately, for a small number of people it is entirely possible that travel insurance could cost more than their holiday, but it’s important to remember that you are insuring yourself and not just your holiday.
Travel insurance provides medical insurance cover whilst you are away, protecting you from the risk of incurring large medical bills if you require emergency medical treatment. Never risk travelling uninsured. Emergency medical treatment abroad and air ambulance transport back to the UK can quickly amount to many thousands of pounds - a cost that many people could not afford to pay.
There are many providers of medical insurance for travellers with complex medical histories. Check online and get a quote that best meets your circumstances.
Even for those with severe medical conditions there are ways to minimise the cost of your travel insurance. Below are some tips about how to keep the cost of travel insurance as low as possible
Choose your destination wisely
The destination country can affect the price of travel insurance. For instance USA, Canada and the Caribbean are generally the most expensive holiday destinations to get travel insurance for, with cover costing as much as double what it would for an alternative destination. This is due to the expense of obtaining medical treatment in these countries. Avoiding these destinations can significantly reduce the cost of travel insurance.
Even within Europe the price can vary, with Spain often proving more expensive than Greece or Italy. Therefore, if you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday but are not fixed on a particular destination, try getting some travel insurance quotes for different destinations before you book. In terms of insurance, a trip to the Maldives could be significantly cheaper than a trip to the Caribbean.
Limit the length of your holiday
Don’t be surprised that travel insurance for a 2 week holiday could well cost double what it costs for a 1 week holiday.
Don’t pay for cover that you don’t need
The most important part of a travel insurance policy is the cover it provides for emergency medical treatment abroad, but most policies also include a range of other benefits which although useful are not as important. For instance, personal possessions may already be covered by home contents insurance or, if the holiday is not too expensive or you are travelling imminently, cancellation cover may not be necessary, therefore the cost of travel insurance can be kept down by only buying absolutely necessary cover, ie., emergency medical and repatriation cover.