REMEDI HEALTH offers a complete travel health service including travel vaccinations, antimalarials and other treatments including medicines for altitude sickness, travellers’ diarrhoea and jet-lag.
We also keep a range of products to keep you healthy on your travels.
As a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre, we can provide the Yellow Fever vaccination, certificate and replace certificates from previous vaccination if required.
Our service starts with a travel health consultation with one of our clinicians in our clinic to understand what you need for your planned trip. We will put together a plan to ensure your safety on holiday.
We provide a wide range of travel vaccinations and hold most in stock and so we can frequently vaccinate at very short notice. These include:
Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio
Hepatitis A (adult and children)
Our expert clinician will take you through what you need and how long the vaccine will provide protection for. They will also advise as to the schedule of vaccination and book you in for additional doses if required.
Vaccination for individuals with uncertain or incomplete immunisation
The guidelines from the Department of Health and Social Care recommend that unless there is a documented or reliable verbal vaccine history given, individuals should be assumed to be unimmunised and a full course of immunisations planned.
If the primary course has been started but not completed, then the course should be resumed. There is usually no need to repeat doses or restart course.
Our clinicians can competently advise you on your options when undertaking a clinical history.
Vaccination price list (travel)
Travel consultation fee = £30
Required once for the initial appointment and covers the clinician’s time to evaluate protection needs and undertake a clinical assessment to ensure vaccines and other treatments are safe for that individual.
Vaccine administration appointment fee = £30
This is applied to each appointment where one or more vaccines are given. This fee is the same regardless of how many vaccines are administered in one appointment to an individual, and covers the clinician’s time in the appointment.
Hepatitis A £55
Hepatitis A (children) £55
Hepatitis B £42.50
Japanese Encephalitis £90
Meningitis ACWY £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio £37.50
Tick-borne Encephalitis £60
Yellow Fever £70
Around 1,500 cases of malaria are reported annually in travellers returning to or arriving in the UK, with around eight deaths reported each year since 2006.
Malaria is a potentially serious parasitic infection transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Malaria is caused by five different species of the Plasmodium parasite and is widely distributed throughout tropical regions of the world including in parts of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceania.
Malaria is preventable and curable if diagnosed and treated promptly.
The risk of malaria varies according to season, geographic location, activities, type of accommodation, and the use of malaria prevention tablets and bite avoidance measures.
UK Health Security Agency Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK are updated annually and provide country specific malaria risk information. This information is also available in our Country Information pages.
All travellers visiting areas where malaria occurs are at risk of acquiring the disease and certain travellers are at increased risk of severe disease such as: pregnant women, those with an absent or poorly functioning spleen, children and older travellers.
Symptoms of malaria vary but typically include: fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. Cough and diarrhoea may also occur. Malaria from all species can be disabling however malaria caused by the species Plasmodium falciparum can progress rapidly and cause life-threatening complications if prompt treatment is not given.
Prevention of malaria
Prevention of malaria involves several steps. These steps can be remembered as the ‘ABCD’ of malaria prevention:
- Awareness of the risk
- Bite prevention
- Chemoprophylaxis (use of appropriate malaria prevention tablets)
- Diagnosis (prompt diagnosis and treatment)
Choice of malaria prevention tablets depends on the malaria species common in the area to be visited and whether there is resistance to any of the available drugs. Certain drugs may not be suitable for certain individuals due to existing medical problems or interactions with their regular medication. There is no malaria vaccine available for travellers.
The clinicians at REMEDI HEALTH can prescribe and dispense your anti-malarial treatment for you.
We also stock a range of insect repellants to help stop the mosquitos biting you in the first place!
All travellers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of malaria and should be advised to seek immediate medical attention if these occur either whilst abroad or up to a year after their return.
Costs will depend on the anti-malarial chosen and the duration of treatment. Your clinician will give you a quote during your consultation.
A travel consultation fee of £30 will apply to ensure the correct anti-malarial treatment is chosen and a full clinical assessment undertaken.
Altitude illness describes a number of conditions that can occur shortly after individuals ascend rapidly to high altitude. It can and does kill a number of individuals each year and so it is important to be aware of symptoms and take preventative action.
At REMEDI HEALTH we are trained to help and advise you about altitude sickness. We can prescribe and supply medication to help prevent altitude sickness depending on risk.
Costs depend on the duration of treatment. A travel consultation (£30) is required to undertake a risk assessment and ensure that the medication is safe for the individual.
General advice when travelling to areas of high altitude
- Awareness of the symptoms of altitude illness is crucial
- Symptoms that occur at altitude are assumed to be altitude illness until proven otherwise
- Never ascend to sleep at a higher altitude in the presence of symptoms of altitude illness
- Always attempt to descend if symptoms of altitude illness worsen at a given altitude or if symptoms are severe
- Never leave an individual with altitude illness alone
- Always trek with an experienced guide
- Travel insurance should adequately cover the itinerary and activities. The planned maximum altitude should be disclosed and emergency evacuation by helicopter included within the policy
- Where possible avoid travel from altitudes less than 1,200m to altitudes greater than 3,500m in a single day
- Above 3,000m avoid increasing sleeping elevation by more than 500m a day and ensure a rest day (at the same altitude) every three or four days
- It is recognised that travellers flying or driving directly to high altitude locations may be unable to ascend gradually. In such cases, rest days should be strongly considered before or after such large gains in elevation and elsewhere in the itinerary to ensure that the overall ascent rate averaged over the entire trip (e.g, total elevation gain divided by the number of days of ascent during the trip) falls below the 500m/day threshold.
- Preventative medications are not necessary for low risk situations and individuals should rely on gradual ascent. We can advise on your risk of altitude sickness during your travel consultation
- Preventative medications may be considered in addition to gradual ascent in moderate or high-risk situations. We can prescribe and dispense acetazolamide if required
- Medication should be started one day prior to ascent to high altitude and then continued for at least two days after reaching the highest altitude
- In the absence of symptoms, individuals who have ascended to a high point and then descend towards the base (eg, descending from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro), should stop preventive medications when descent is initiated
- A trial dose of medication for one or two days should be taken prior to travel to check for side effects which include: increased urine production (diuresis), pins and needles (paraesthesia), nausea, vomiting, headache and taste disturbance.
- Evidence for the benefit of gingko biloba and coca is either inconclusive or lacking and is not recommended for the prevention of AMS.
Other risks to consider at high altitude
Travellers should carry a first aid kit and equipment to cope with common problems, blisters, sore throat, sun exposure. Contaminated food and water can be an issue in some areas, travellers should follow food and water hygiene advice and be prepared to manage the symptoms of traveller’s diarrhoea.
Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most common experienced by travellers, affecting over 20 percent of those who travel to high risk destinations of the world. It can be cuased by viruses, bacteria or protozoa.
During your travel consultation, we can discuss the risk fo travellers’ diarrhoea and what can be done to prevent and treat it.
Medications such as loperamide and rehydration salts can be purchased from our pharmacy. It may be that preventative antibiotics are also appropriate and can be taken on your trip ‘just in case’.
Please enquire during your travel consultation appointment.
If you know that you period is due whilst you’re on holiday, please discuss options for delaying it with your clinician.
We can prescribe and dispense a short course of tablets containing a progestogen or suggest an extension of your contraceptive pill if you take it.
There are some countries or locations where accessing emergency contraception may be difficult.
We can supply you with the ‘morning after pill’ to take away with you just in case.
Can we help you?
Our team are standing by to help you with any questions or queries that you may have. We can advise you on the best test, product or service for your requirements.