Latest Blog Posts
Why Planning Your Trip Well Could Be Good for Your Health
Whether you are taking a long haul flight to somewhere tropical or staying a little closer to home, planning your trip in advance not only saves you time and money but limits the stress and reduces the risk of health issues that could turn your dream holiday into a real nightmare. While the factors affecting travellers and the likelihood of contracting diseases varies from destination to destination, taking steps to protect your health is one way to ensure you enjoy every aspect of your upcoming holiday. Work with your travel clinician Seeing a health professional before you travel should be a part of every traveller’s preparations. Unfortunately, some of the most beautiful and exotic destinations on the planet are also home to many of the most dangerous diseases. By working with your travel clinician you can carefully consider the risk factors associated with your destination country and reduce the possibility of contracting harmful diseases that may be prevalent there. It is always important to give your travel clinician as much information as possible about your travel itinerary to ensure they have the full picture before making any recommendations. Your itinerary includes: Where you will be traveling to Whether you will be staying in urban or rural areas How long your visit will last What time of year you are visiting in The expected condition of your accommodation – will air conditioning be available? Will you be staying in an open-air tent or screened area? Transfer plans – including mode of transport you intend to use The food and drink available in your destination country Any planned activities you have booked or are considering booking. Get clued up on your travel vaccines An experienced travel clinician will be able to advise on the appropriate travel vaccines or immunisations required for a given country or region. Whilst your holiday destination may look idyllic, even the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean carry health risks that you should be aware of. In some parts of the world, you may be exposed to diseases such as yellow fever, typhoid fever, meningococcal disease, hepatitis, hepatitis B and rabies. Knowing which travel vaccinations you will need to prevent travel related illnesses is something that your travel health clinician will be able to assist with. As you might expect, diseases come and go in different parts of the world and outbreaks of particularly nasty strains can break out at short notice – without making the British headlines. However, an experienced travel clinician – like the team at Express Travel Clinic – are well informed on the latest outbreaks in different regions of the globe. This can help them to adapt and tailor the vaccinations you receive to the current requirements for your holiday destination. Heading abroad this year? Get in touch with the team today by calling 0208 993 5889.
Moving abroad for 2017: make sure your health is covered
Among all the resolutions one can make at the start of a new year, there are few as big as making the decision to up sticks and move to another country. Of course, heading abroad to live, work or study involves a lot of organisation – particularly if you have a home to sell, a family in tow and work permits or visas to arrange. With so much on the mind it can be easy to let your health concerns slip to the bottom of the pile. Yet, if one of your family members falls ill in another country it is possible that you may not be eligible for immediate care unless you are able to pay your way. Let us explain. If you decide to move abroad on a permanent or semi-permanent basis, you will not be entitled to the provision of healthcare and treatments under normal NHS rules. The NHS is based on residency in the UK and so you should technically notify your GP that you and your family are to be removed from the NHS register. This also means that if you are moving to another European country, you will no longer be entitled to use your European Healthcare Insurance Card (EHIC) to access care on the continent. The first step you should take is to investigate how you register with the relevant authorities abroad. In some countries, being registered to work and making contributions through national insurance is enough to entitle you to the state-run healthcare in that country. Be aware, however, that in some countries there may be additional patient contribution schemes to be joined in order to fully access the facilities on offer. Depending on the country you are emigrating to, you will also want to gauge the levels of public and private healthcare given in a country and the type of facilities available. For example, some services you would expect to be included on the NHS would not be included under the national health service for some other countries, even if you pay your taxes in that country. You should also set aside fund to cover healthcare costs for anything that you believe may be necessary but does not fall under the state-run healthcare system in your new home. This may be in the form of a comprehensive health insurance policy or, under some circumstances, setting aside savings. For a country by country guide, it is worth consulting the NHS Choices website and also the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Be aware also that the rules may differ slightly if you choose only to live and work outside of the UK for a set period. Under these circumstances, you may still be eligible to receive some or all of your healthcare provision in the UK. Often this will be dependent on whether you receive a state pension in the UK.