Travel Health

Non-urgent advice: Please note

From the 1st April 2022 Immunisation for foreign travel is no longer provided by your GP practice.

Travel advice should be obtained privately at a travel immunisation clinic or contact the NHS service by email [email protected] or telephone 01382 423108.

Fit for Travel

For information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad along with Travel Health Advice please see the:

Fit for Travel website.

Flying Phobia or Anxiety Prescriptions

Fear of flying (flying phobia) Prescriptions

We are often asked to prescribe sedative drugs, such as diazepam (Valium), for fear of flying. We have recently agreed a practice policy that we will no longer prescribe these drugs for fear of flying. There are a number of good reasons why prescribing of drugs such as diazepam is not safe or recommended.

Diazepam and similar drugs are not recommended for treatment of phobias because other treatments are safer and more effective.

Diazepam is a sedative, which means it makes you sleepy and slows reaction times. If there is an emergency during the flight it may affect your ability to concentrate, follow instructions and react to the situation. This could have serious safety consequences for you and others.

The sedative effects of these drugs can affect breathing and cause low oxygen levels, which could be life threatening, especially with the lower circulating oxygen levels on an aeroplane, in people with breathing problems or when combined with alcohol.

Sedative drugs can make you fall asleep, however this is not a natural sleep. This means you won’t move around as much as during natural sleep and this can increase your risk of developing a blood clot (DVT) in your leg or lung. Blood clots are dangerous and can be fatal. This risk is greater if your flight is longer than four hours.

Whilst most people find medicines such as diazepam sedating, a small number of people become agitated, aggressive or confused. These medicines can also lead to abnormal behaviours. This could impact on your safety as well as that of other passengers.

Diazepam and similar drugs are illegal or controlled drugs in some countries so they may be confiscated or you may be subject to legal proceedings.

Diazepam stays in your system for quite a while. If your job requires you to submit to random drug testing you may fail this test if you have taken diazepam.

We recognise that fear of flying is real and frightening and we don’t underestimate the impact it can have. We recommend tackling this properly by using self-help resources or considering one of the ‘Fear of Flying’ course run by many airlines. We do not recommend any specific course, but you may find the following links useful.

Holiday Health

It is always a wise precaution to pack some essential items in case of illness on holiday. Do choose medicines according to your needs and the country you are intending to visit. lf you take prescription medicines regularly remember to pack them too.

You may want to consider packing the following:

  • Paracetamol Travel Sickness tablets Plasters and a small crepe bandage
  • Rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte, Anti diarrhoeal for example lmodium
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Anti material tablets, Water purification tablets, Insect repellent
  • Condoms and other contraceptives
  • Sunhats for yourself and children

Mosquito Bite Avoidance for Travellers

In many tropical countries, mosquitoes can spread diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, malaria, yellow fever and Zika. Here are five simple rules you should follow to reduce your risk of infections spread by mosquitoes.

Fit for Travel Mosquito Bite Avoidance.

Useful Travel Information Websites

Holiday and Travel Advice Organisations

FCO’s Consular Division

The FCO’s Consular Division aims to look after the safety of British travellers overseas. This site offers access to the full range of country-specific Travel Advice notices, and a selection of information designed to ensure that British travellers are well prepared before departure.

Telephone Number:020 7008 1500
Email Address:[email protected]

Fit for Travel

Fitfortravel is a free, interactive, public access website providing up to date health information for the UK public on avoiding illness and staying healthy when travelling abroad.

NHS Inform – Travel Health

Disabled parking badges, accessible public transport, holidays in the UK, planning your trip, travel insurance, what do I need for going away, taking medicines abroad, advice on travelling if you have a stoma, fitness to travel, what if I need help away from home? Helpful travel hints.

The Travel Doctor

As more and more people travel to different parts of the world, they come in contact with diseases rarely seen in the UK or other developed countries. The Travel Doctor is a good site which helps travellers look after their health before, during and after such a trip.

Travel Health Advice & Information About Travel Diseases. The information and advice on TravelHealth is nurse-led. The site content has been researched and is reviewed by UK Travel Health professionals.


TravelHealthPro is the website comprising the travel health resources of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). The NaTHNaC aims to help protect the health of British travellers.

Travelling in Europe

Travelling in Europe is the European Union’s official website for people travelling in the 27 countries of the EU. Whether you are on holiday or on business, you will find practical advice and helpful tips on a wealth of subjects, from what documents you need, to getting healthcare and using your mobile phone.

Telephone Number:00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11