The holiday season is well and truly underway and for many of us it could be our first trip away for three years. We want your trip to be a memorable one, but only for the right reasons. So, please make sure you have sufficient medication to cover your holiday by sending in your requests in good time.
It is also worth adding a travel kit to your preparation list. This should include the usual things such as plasters, Paracetamol (and Calpol for children), thermometer but don’t forget the sunscreen and sunburn treatment. There is lots of advice online for travellers of all ages and with all conditions.
If you are leaving the country, travel insurance is essential and all pre-existing conditions should be declared. It is good advice to keep all of these documents together, with a list of your medications and the contact details of the surgery and a close family member back at home.
Electronic access to our surgery makes it easy for you to contact us from just about anywhere in the world, but we are really sorry but we don’t have indemnity to provide advice, prescriptions or any health cover when you are outside of the UK. By law, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for the medical care of patients when they leave the UK. People traveling within Europe are advised to carry an authorised European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (or a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired) at all times and this gives entitlement to reduced cost (and sometimes free) medical treatment. You are advised to check specific entitlements prior to travel. If you are unwell and you feel you need assistance, then you will need to contact local providers of health cover wherever you are.
If you are setting off on holiday this summer, have a lovely time.