Preparing For Holidays

 
It is always a wise precaution to pack some essential items in case of illness on holiday. Do choose medicines according to your needs and the country you are visiting. If you take prescription medicines regularly remember to pack then too.
 
Holiday Kit 
 - Paracetamol
 - Travel sickness tablets
 - Plasters
 - Rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte
 - Anti-diarrhoeal, e.g. Imodium
 - High factor sunscreen; calamine lotion
 
Immunisation 
Always check whether you need any immunisations or malarial tablets before you travel.  To do this print off the 'Travel Form' in the Forms section of our website, fill it in and make an appointment with one of our practice nurses.  She will check the vaccinations you have already had against the requirements for the area you are travelling to.  
 
She will advise on vaccinations required and precautions you should take.  
We stock most vaccinations that are available on the NHS, you should be aware that not all vaccinations are available on the NHS.  
 
Vaccinations that are not available on the NHS will have to be purchased on your behalf and there will be a charge in this situation.
 
Seek advice well in advance in case you need a course of injections.
 
Other Essentials To Pack
 - Anti-malarials
 - Water purification tablets
 - Insect repellent
 - Condoms / other contraceptives
 
Medical Insurance
Arrange medical insurance
Obtain an EHIC card if you are travelling in EEA or Switzerland.  Applying for or renewing your card is free and can be done online. To find out more or apply, visit www.ehic.org.uk or call 0845 606 2030 or fill in the form available at some Post Offices.
 
This will entitle you to free or reduced cost medical care within the EEA and Switzerland. Take the card with you on holiday. (Care can still be very expensive even with an EHIC Card.)
 
The following NHS website also gives lots of useful information: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home