By Cathy O’Malley RGN, Dip Trav Med, MFTM RCPS (Glasg), Travel Health Specialist Nurse, Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine Education board RCPSG
65.7 million UK residents travelled abroad in 2015; a substantial growth on previous years, with more people seeking travel health advice from community pharmacists.
So what does providing a travel medicine service entail?
A risk assessment should be performed; gathering detailed information about the trip and traveller. RCN guidance; Travel Health Nursing 2 lists questions to ask and recommends using this information to tailor advice to the individual. It is vital to use a comprehensive database for information on travel associated risks eg NaTHNaC or TRAVAX. Read more Providing a Travel Medicines Service