you are planning a trip abroad, whether it is to some far flung
exotic location or to a holiday resort in a European country it
is quite possible that at some time during your
trip you will require some sort of medicine to
treat a common ailment associated with
forty per cent of all international travellers from the UK suffer
from travellers diarrhoea whilst abroad.
However, if you are planning an
expedition to a more remote location to take part in some adventurous
activity, such as going on safari, trekking to high altitude, cycling
across a country or even scuba diving on a remote coral reef, you
will probably find yourself travelling through a developing country
such as those in Africa, Asia or South America where serious diseases
such as malaria and yellow fever are endemic, standards of public
hygiene are basic and access to medical treatment is limited.
site has been designed to produce customised lists of all the medicines
(pain killers, antibiotics, anti-diarrhoeals, etc.) you will require
to meet your particular needs, and each list comes complete with
a copy of the:-
explaining how and when to use each
medication by giving simple diagnosis guides and providing advice
on the contra-indications and side effects of each of the medicines.
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The numbers of people travelling abroad each year is vast. About
50 million visits per year are undertaken by UK residents. World
tourist organisations predicted an 80% increase in long haul destinations
between 1995 and 2010. International arrivals number 664 million
per year world-wide.
These huge numbers mean that there are many people who are exposing
themselves to diseases and other potential health risks in their
destination countries that they would not normally encounter. Also,
the large movement of people around the world could serve to spread
some of these diseases.
With a growing interest
in outdoor pursuits, adventure travel is becoming increasingly popular.
Whether it is a small group of friends who share a particular hobby
or interest such as backpacking, mountaineering, trekking, cycling,
scuba diving, etc. or a family group seeking adventure in an exotic
location or even an expedition to a remote mountain range; they
all face the same problem:-
When planning the trip, "what medicines should they take in case
This is especially important to groups travelling to remote areas
where access to medical help is limited or even impossible.
In order to solve this problem your first port
of call might be your local pharmacy. Here you can buy many of the
items you may require and also obtain advice on malaria prophylaxis
and vaccination requirements.
due to current legislation the pharmacy is unable to supply certain
items such as antibiotics, the more powerful pain killers, some
forms of malaria treatment and a whole host of other items which
you may require.
Most people would then turn to their family doctor
for help. But doctors are not allowed to issue NHS prescriptions
for medicines to be taken abroad for illnesses that have not yet
The only alternative is for the doctor to issue
private prescriptions for those medicines not available over the
counter in the pharmacy. However, the family doctor may not have
the relevant knowledge or experience to know exactly what to prescribe.
The would be traveller could then end up with several items they
do not require but missing some of the more essential ones.
We are a partnership of a full time GP and a community pharmacist
who have both travelled widely to many parts of the world over the
past twenty years. With our professional qualifications together
with our experience of organising, leading and taking part in expeditions
to different countries we are able to offer advice on the correct
medicines to take with you on your expedition or holiday.
s therefore possible, by using this web site, to put together a
comprehensive list of medicines to include in a pack which will
include those medicines you are most likely to need during your
We believe that the contents of your medical
kit depends on who you are, where you are going and what you will
be doing when you get there.
Therefore the medical kit needs to be tailor
made to suit your particular group's needs. To enable us to do this
we need the following information:-
- What country do you intend
- When are you travelling?
- How long do you intend
to stay there?
- How many people in your
- The number of males &
- What activities do you
intend to partake in?
- How far from medical help
will you be?
We will then be able to process this
information and put together a list of medicines for your very own
We can also provide you with up to
date information about the relevant vaccinations you will require
before travelling and any malaria tablets you will need to take.
with each list of medicines we will also supply an easy to follow
customised manual which will contain information on each medication
supplied, stating when to take it (and when not to), how to take
it and any side effects there may be. There will also be a guide
on simple diagnosis of the common ailments you would be likely to
encounter. It would be like having your own personalised travel
doctor with you.
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