Going on holiday?

At Kensington Park Medical Centre we offer a travel health service and aim to provide travellers with advice for safe travel.

Travel vaccinations
Start preparing for your trip four to six weeks before you go. Read the latest health advice for the country you’re travelling to. You may need travel vaccines or, if diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start protecting yourself well in advance.

Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, medications, painkillers, antiseptic, insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea pills.  These will be useful wherever you’re going.

For further advice please make an appointment with our practice nurse for your travel consultation.

Please complete our online travel questionnaire before booking your appointment  –  this  will  help us to provide a tailored advice.

Travelling abroad is exciting, but with so many things to see and do when you get there, the basics of health and safety are often neglected.

Travel kit checklist:
* antiseptic
* sunscreen
* after sun lotion
* insect repellent
* antihistamines
* anti-diarrhoea pills
* rehydration sachets
* first aid kit

Sun protection
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK.  Skin cancers are caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Protecting the skin from the sun can help prevent these cancers.

Whether you’re on holiday or at home, you can protect yourself by following Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart messages:

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
Make sure you never burn.
Aim to cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
Remember to take extra care with children.
Then use factor 15 or more sunscreen.

Report any changes to moles or any unusual skin growths to your GP. Always take special care of children’s skin.

DVT & jet lag
If you think you may be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), seek advice from your GP. On long-haul flights, get up from your seat to walk around and stretch your legs   whenever you can.  Drink regularly but avoid alcohol.  Wear loose, comfortable clothes.  There is evidence to suggest that compression stockings are effective in     reducing the risk of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis). To get over jet lag quickly, adjust to your destination as soon as possible.