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European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
E111 form is no longer valid. You will need a European
Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive necessary healthcare during a visit
to an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. Follow link to apply
You may need travel
vaccinations, depending on the country you are visiting. Most vaccinations
for commonest holiday destinations are single dose.
More complex trips or longer
stays (over 1 month) may involve multiple vaccinations and need earlier
All vaccination courses are best
completed at least 2 weeks prior to travel.
To help us advise
you on the protection you need please fill in the Travel Immunisation form.
This is available from the surgery, or by clicking this link- Holiday Imms form.xls
It is important to remember that a
deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a rare occurrence but is commoner
with long journeys and air travel. Also:
- a history of DVT or PE (pulmonary embolus)
- increasing age, weight or immobility
- pregnancy, recent operation, childbirth or circulatory problems
- possibly taking the contraceptive pill or HRT.
- malignant disease i.e. cancer
We advise the following (in approximate order of importance)
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but not alcohol (avoid
- Take every opportunity to get out of your seat and
"stretch your legs".
- While sitting down exercise your legs by
"walking" with them while you sit, say for 5 minutes every
half-hour, exercise your ankles/calves particularly.
- If possible avoid bending your legs tightly or
squashing them on the edge of the seat while you sleep. Avoid tight
- Take a "baby" aspirin (75mg obtainable over
the counter at the Chemist) every day for a week before the trip, unless
- Wear special support stockings or tights. (from Chemist)
Individual requirements may vary but the following list covers many
- Regular medication (including contraception if needed!)
- Plasters, in a variety of different sizes and shapes.
- Skin closure strips (paper stitches) ie Steristrips
- Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings.
- Sterile eye dressing.
- CrÍpe rolled bandages.
- Safety pins, tweezers and scissors.
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes.
- Sticky tape.
- Skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone 1%.
- Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings.
- Painkillers such as Paracetamol (or infant Paracetamol for
children), or Ibuprofen.
- Decongestant tablets or nasal spray ie Otrivine, Sinex.
- Antihistamine tablets ie Loratadine or Chlorphenamine (Piriton).
- Diarrhoea treatment ie Loperamide
- Travel sickness tabs ie Cinnarizine (Stugeron)
- Antacid ie Rennies, Gaviscon
Further advice may be available from
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