Lowfield Medical Centre

Travel Health

Travel Health

Lowfield Medical Centre is a Yellow Fever Centre. Please make appointments with the Practice Nurse for your Yellow Fever vaccinations. We also provide a vaccination service for holiday/work vaccination requirements. Please ask at Reception for details of the fees of the various vaccinations.

It may be helpful to consult with the Fit for Travel (www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk) before making your appointment as this will give you more information about immunisations and the time needed to complete the course before travelling. It will also give you more information about the country to which you are travelling and any particular health problems i.e. malaria. We urge you to allow plenty of time when embarking on a course of immunisations (two months).

Advice for people going on Long Haul Air Flights

In the light of publicity concerning deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on long haul air flights (those over four hours) we thought some simple guidelines on how to prevent such a problem would be of use to our patients. It has been well known for a long time that periods of prolonged sitting and lying may give rise to a blood clot developing in a vein in the leg. This seems to be due to the inability of the muscle pump in the calves to do a proper job.

Simple advice would be as follows:

  1. Wear loose comfortable clothing especially around the waist and lower limbs.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes and on really long flights take a pair of slippers and put these on instead of shoes.
  3. It is wise to drink plenty of fluids during the journey. Cabin crew are told to drink a pint an hour to avoid dehydration. Try to avoid alcoholic drinks as these will cause dehydration.
  4. Make a conscious effort to clench the foot and calf muscles every fifteen minutes and try to have a little walk around and stretch every hour during the flight. This will help keep the muscle pump working properly.

There does not seem to be any good evidence that taking Aspirin is of any use in preventing DVT in a normal person. However, there are some people who have had DVT in the past or who are at special risk of DVT for a variety of reasons who may need medical intervention. We would advise these people to discuss this with the practice nurse and/or the doctor.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to discuss these with the nurse or doctor.