Sussex Travel Clinic

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01273 749100

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01903 254774

If you are planning a trip abroad it is a good idea to register with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) LOCATE service. Registraion is simple and free. Your details will be saved so that you can simply log in and change your details for future trips.

The FCO Locate service is for British nationals only. If you are planning on travelling abroad, even for a short trip, register your details so that in the event of an emergency such as a terrorist attack or tsunami, British embassy staff will be better equipped to offer you assistance.

Benefits of registering with LOCATE?

  • in the event of  a major catastrophe the FCO will have an instant record of your details. They will be able to make contact and offer assistance.
  • if  your family and friends need to get in touch with you , FCO can help them to find you.
  • the simple registration process means it only takes a few minutes to register your travel or residence information  and the local British Embassy will know you are coming. You do not need to contact embassies directly.
  • you only need to register once. Any future trips can then be updated by logging in to your account. You can register planned trips up to a year ahead of travel.
  • LOCATE improves the FCO’s ability to provide help in an emergency and reduce delay and worry in times of stress for family and friends at home.

Before you travel.

When planning a trip abroad it is important to plan so that you have a safe and healthy trip. Things to consider include:

  • Make sure you have had any necessary vaccinations.
  • Make sure you have malaria tablets if they are required for your trip.
  • Don’t travel without insurance and make sure it covers you for all activites you wish to do on your trip.
  • Get any VISA’s that may be requied for the countries you plan to visit.
  • Check that you passport is in date. Some countires require that your passport is valid for six months after the date of travel.
  • Make a note or a secure online copy of your passport number and any other important documents.
  • Driving abroad- make sure you take your driving license and make yourself aware of any driving laws in the country you are visiting.

To book travel vaccinations or discuss malaria requirements call 01273 749100 or book online.

Traveller’s diarrhoea (TD) can be very unpleasant and ruin a holiday or business trip. It is estimated that as many as 60% of all travellers will experience a bout of TD when they travel overseas. Many illnesses such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Cholera are spread through eating and drinking contaminated food and water. Thankfully, there are vaccinations that can offer some protection against these illnesses. However, many other bacterial infections such as E.Coli and parasites such as Giardia cannot be vaccinated against. It is extremely important to follow strict food and water hygiene to avoid infection.

 

Advice for Travellers

  • Drink bottled water. Beware of fake bottled water- in many countries seals have been tampered with and the bottle actually contains unsafe tap water.
  • Avoid ice in your drinks, unless you are sure it has come from a safe supply of water.
  • Don’t clean your teeth with tap water- use bottled or boiled water.
  • Boiled water is safe to drink- bringing water to the boil and boiling for 1 minute is enough to purify it.
  • Use chlorine tablets or a water filter if you haven’t got access to clean drinking water.
  • Avoid salads that may have been washed in unsafe water.
  • Avoid raw fruit and vegetables- these are ok if you can peel them.
  • Avoid buffet food that may have been left out for a number of hours or been exposed to flies.
  • Avoid unpasteurised dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese.
  • Always wash your hands well before you eat and if you don’t have access to washing facilities carry an alcohol hand gel.
  • Avoid street food, unless it is cooked freshly in front of you.
  • Don’t assume food served in a 5* hotel will be safe- staff may not have practiced strict food. Water and personal hygiene.

Prevention

Bimuno is a pre- biotic powder or pastille that can keep your tummy healthy on a trip abroad. Clinical studies have shown it to be effective in reducing your risk of TD. It works by sustaining a healthy level of good bacteria in the gut, helping to prevent bad bacteria from becoming established.

Ask your nurse about water purification products – Bimuno, Chlorine Tablets and Water Filters or purchase online in our shop.