Health problems in travellers are frequent. Reputable studies have showen that around 10% of travellers to developing countries consulted a doctor either abroad or after returning home, or were confined to bed due to travel-related illness or an accident; <1% were hospitalised. However, it remains disturbing that >14% of such travellers are incapacitated (Ref: Travel Medicine, 4e by J. Keystone et al, 2019).
Off on your travels? Make our travel clinic your first destination.
If you are planning to travel abroad, even in Europe (e.g. tick-borne encephalitis is now found in more than 20 European countries), it’s important to know:
Whether vaccinations are advised based on the very latest information
If malaria is present in any areas of the countries you will visit and if antimalarials is required based on your individual circumstances and itinerary
How to protect yourself from insect bites and take sensible precautions to reduce the risk of traveller’ diarrhoea which is the most common medical complaint of travellers to high-risk areas
If you should be aware of other health risks where there are no travel vaccinations available, e.g. injuries, high-altitude sickness and new outbreaks
We offer travel health consultations with our superintendent pharmacist, Mahyar Saremi MPharm, PGCertPharmPract, IPresc, AFTM RCPS(Glasg) who has a special interest and postgraduate qualifications in travel medicine.
In this clinic you will be offered tailored advice, vaccinations (including yellow fever vaccine), anti-malarials, stand-by treatment for travellers’ diarrhoea, medicines to help with jet lag; preventing altitude sickness and travel related retail items.
We are a private (but competitively priced) travel clinic, and charge for all of our services.
Appointments are available on evenings Mon-Fri (17:30 to 18:30) and Saturdays (09:00 to 16:00).
To book an appointment please call
Our telephone line is open Mon – Fri 9:00 to 18:30 & Sat 9:00 to 17:30. Generally, no travel advice is given over the phone.
Please bring records of any past vaccinations, the personal child health record (Red Book) and the itinerary to your appointment.
Your Pre-travel Consultation
Infectious diseases are key components of the pre-travel consultation, and advice on measures to prevent them is crucial. Non-infectious health problems, however, may pose a greater risk than some of the tropical pathogens, and are often left aside in pre-travel counselling. Therefore, unlike some providers, we don’t just administer travel vaccines; we provide comprehensive pre-travel care.
We’ll discuss with you evidence-based and practical measures to prevent ill health, to manage minor problems, and to seek expert medical assessment appropriately while abroad and upon return.
You’ll be provided with clear and concise information (written & internet links) from reliable sources, focused on relevant health issues; expert experience is added where appropriate.
We’ll never recommend vaccines you don’t need – If a vaccine is optional, we’ll explain your options so you can decide whether you would like to have it. You’ll be offered prescribed medications for prevention and self-treatment as appropriate.
Last minute travel health advice, complicated itineraries and complex health and existing medical conditions are welcomed and skillfully looked after.
Please download the pre-travel questionnaire here or pick one up from the store and bring it with you to your appointment.
Please bring your vaccination history to your appointment.
We do not charge any consultation fees, however should you attend an appointment and not require any vaccines or medicines from us, a £20 consultation fee shall apply.
To book an appointment please call
Our telephone line is open Monday – Friday 9:00 to 18:30 & Saturday: 9:00 to 17:30.
Key components of the travel clinic consultation grouped by transmission routes (Ref: Travel Medicine, 4e by J. Keystone et al, 2019)
- General travel health advice leaflet
- MMR and travel abroad
- Travel and sexual health leaflet
- Practical aspects of bite prevention
- Rabies prevention advice
We stock a good range of travel health products:
- Insect repellents with active ingredients of DEET, picaridin, PMD and IR3535
- A spray-on insecticide (permethrin) for fabrics and textiles which lasts for several washes
- Plug-in mosquito killer unit & Plug-in mosquito killer unit liquid refill
- Mosquito nets
- Tick remover
- Insect bite treatment
- The Aqua Pure Traveller which is a squeeze-through water-bottle style purifier employing micro filtration that provides safe water from almost any water source (£40).
- Water purification tablets
- First aid kits
The well-informed traveller needs to be aware of the potential risks of human diseases spread by insects.
- Personal protection against insect-borne diseases is best achieved through
- habitat avoidance,
- wearing protective clothing,
- applying insect repellents,
- and, when appropriate, sleeping under protective bednets or shelters.
- DEET remains the gold standard of insect repellents with the most broad-spectrum, and often longest-lasting, efficacy.
- Although DEET is the first line repellent for areas with high risk of malaria, Picaridin, IR3535, PMD are safe and effective alternatives to DEET repellents for preventing insect-borne diseases.
Essential oils such as citronella, repellent wristbands, garlic supplements, and vitamin B do NOT provide adequate protection against biting and disease transmission.
Ways to prevent bug bites:
Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and socks.
Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pretreated clothing.
- Permethrin-treated clothing will retain repellent activity through multiple washes.
- Repellents used on skin can also be applied to clothing but provide shorter duration of protection (same duration as on skin) and must be reapplied after laundering.
- Apply lotion, liquid, or spray repellent to exposed skin.
- Use repellent whenever outdoors (or indoors if mosquitoes can get inside); mosquitoes can bite any time of day or night.
- Check yourself during and after outdoor activity (your entire body); remove any attached ticks promptly.
Food and Beverage Safety for the International Traveler: What’s Safer and What’s Not
Food – “Peel it, cook it, boil it, or forget it”: This catchy recommendation is unfortunately not evidence based. Still, reasonable caution makes obvious sense: Eat freshly prepared food, try to avoid raw, uncooked and undercooked vegetables, salads, and meat. Check that prepared meals are not contaminated by dirty plates and cups, by water, or by insects.
Water – Drink industrually bottled water (properly sealed; carbonated), hot tea in clean cups. Avoid fresh dairy products of unknown quality. If no safe water is available, disinfect with available means such as advanced filters which remove viruses, chemicals or (although impractical for most travellers) boiling.