Archive for the 'travel' Category

Health Advice for the Returning Traveller; When to see the GP?

It’s the time of year again when all our backpacking students return from the four corners of the world. Some will be arriving for the first time in Bristol, as international students of course, and many of you will have been traipsing through the jungles/ beaches and villages of the world’s most remote places, possibly […]

World Health Day 7th April 2014: safer travel for all Bristol students

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. In past years themes as diverse as road safety, climate change and high blood pressure have been chosen. The […]

Road Traffic Accidents Kill More People in the World than Malaria!

Got your attention?! It definitely got mine reading this- perhaps unbelievable? But true. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road traffic accidents (RTAs) kill more people around the world than malaria, and are the leading cause of death for young people aged 5 to 29 – especially in developing countries. Each year WHO estimates that […]

Rabies – Cost vs. Protection/Risk

Blah Blah Blah…. “For India you are recommended to have your free NHS Hepatitis A and Typhoid”…. Cool that’s what my other friends have all decided to have as they’re free… Blah Blah Blah…. “Food and water precautions”…..I’m starving, wonder what to have for dinner tonight… Blah Blah Blah… “You are up to date with […]

Anything Goes

Just returned from a backpacking trip? I bet you have brought back lots of souvenirs, mementos, memories, photos, a lovely tan…? What about Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Herpes, or even HIV? Yes that innocent looking, healthy, gorgeous person you had unprotected sex with may look like they are clean or may have reassured you they have […]

Online resources for medical matters

For someone who never went to medical school Dr Google seems to be an incredibly popular and sought after ‘specialist’.  A significant number of people will turn to the internet for information and advice before seeking professional help, and this is a good idea in the right context. There are some fantastic resources out there, […]

A Quick Dip

“Jump in”… “Come on In” I hear them shout… The water looks cool and inviting, the surface twinkling under the sun. I’m hot and sweaty and in desperate need to feel cold water on my skin. I hear them all splashing in the water, laughing calling me in to join them… Beads of sweat have […]

Taking Risks

“I’m lying here with a drip in my arm on a hospital bed, gazing out of the window, watching a couple of local children playing with a tin can, wishing I was out there in the sun… Thank goodness I had taken out good travel insurance as I was advised; otherwise this ‘cheap’ backpacking trip […]

It only takes ONE bite!

“Off to Tanzania- leave in a couple of days! Sooo excited- mustn’t forget my yellow fever certificate- what was it the nurse said- Oh yes to photocopy it, keep this separate and put the original in my passport- good advice. I’ve been planning this trip for months- teaching English to children and construction work in […]

Tickets… Passport… Sunscreen?!

The holiday is in sight, the packing almost done. Some sun, sea and sand beckon… but wait a minute, that golden all-over tan…will achieving it be the most dangerous thing you do on holiday?  Here at Students’ Health Service we have just diagnosed a malignant melanoma (skin cancer in a mole) in a student in […]

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