We all look forward to holidays, but it's important to stay safe!
Here are some tips for staying safe and well when travelling ...
Your KeyTeam Nurse Practitioner will be able to help you with any travel advice required.
Our travel health advice covers a range of issues, not simply travel vaccinations.
Prior to attending surgery you will need to complete a Travel Questionnaire so that we can fully prepare. You can download it here.
Our top travel tips:
1. The NHS Wales Travel Advice website
Check out the NHS Wales Travel Advice page - lots of information to help you prepare for a safe holiday: NHS Wales Travel Advice
If you think you might need immunisations then don't take a chance - get in touch as soon as you can. Some immunisations take a little while to be completed so don't wait until the last minute!
If you are travelling to an area of the world where malaria is a problem then you need protection - malaria is a serious disease. Some malaria treatments need to be started before you travel so get in touch as soon as you can.
Long journeys can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis. To reduce you risk you should:
a. stay well hydrated
b. pop down to your local pharmacy and buy a pair of DVT flight socks
c. get up an move around from time to time so that your calf muscles are pumping blood from your legs
d. when you're sat in your seat exercise your calf muscles by moving your ankles up and down, pushing into the floor with the front of your foot (as if you're standing on tip-toes)
5. Food & Water
Travellers diarrhoea is pretty common! Take the following steps:
a. keep hydrated (with safe water - see below!) and if you have diarrhoea and start to feel unwell then seek help early - heat and diarrhoea can quickly lead to dehydration
b. don't drink tap water or wash food with tap water unless you are absolutely sure it is safe to do so. If in doubt, stick to bottled water.
c. Likewise, only use ice in drinks if you know it's safe!
d. Watch out for foods which have been out for a while in the heat, or with flies about
6. The Sun
Make sure you use a suncream which provides good protection against UVA and UVB. Your high street pharmacist will provide you with great advice.
Sun cream should be applied BEFORE you go into the sun.
Don't slap on the sun cream and then think it's safe to bake in the heat of the mid-day sun!
Use a wide-brimmed hat, clothing with SPF protection, umbrellas and canopies to get some break from the sun.
Childrens' skin is particularly vulnerable to sun damage - make sure they have high protection creams.
Reapply sun cream after going in the water - even 'waterproof' creams wash off!
If you develop sunburn and feel unwell, or blister, seek medical help.
Every year people die on holiday by swimming under the influence of alcohol, and swimming in sea currents when their swimming abilities don't match the conditions. Have fun, but be careful.
Drink sensibly! Excessive alcohol leads many holidaymakers into trouble ...
Unprotected sex on holiday can lead to the same problems as it can at home! Don't make poor decisions because you're relaxed or drunk!
Keep your medication in the original packaging. Take enough to keep you safe in the event of delays. It is helpful to take a copy of your repeat prescription too.
If you have medication such as insulin, which you need to take with you into the cabin of a plane, or if you have certain controlled drugs on your prescription you may need additional information - get in touch with your travel operator/airline to confirm their requirements.