Posts By: Beverley Tompkins

Backpacking Guide

Here at Nomad, we’ve been getting backpackers properly prepared for travel for over 25 years. We’re able to provide backpackers with the best travel health, safety and kit advice and have created this helpful guide to get you ready for your big adventure. Sun, Sea & Sex.. If you have unprotected sex you are at…

Since 2009, Meningitis W infection has been on the rise among young people of 14 – 18 years? Outbreaks are commonly occuring in University and College student populations. If you’re heading off to University or College this September, read on to find out more about the disease and protect yourself by getting vaccinated with a…

We are still receiving lots of questions regarding the risks of Zika virus and pregnancy so here is some latest guidance from Public Health England broken down to help provide some clear information and advice.   There is an ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infection, mostly in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Symptoms…

None of us like the thought of road traffic accidents (RTAs) abroad and very few of us consider that we could be involved in one ourselves, but the reality is that accidents happen on the roads across the world. In developing countries with poor infrastructure and road safety laws travellers are at a greater risk…

Travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) is the most common illness for travellers visiting developing countries. The most common cause of TD are bacterial infections such a E.coli and Campylobacter. Due to a natural decline in immunity in older people, older travellers are more likely to experience TD than younger travellers and need to be prepared prior to…

So what is it? In terms of its impact, Schistosomiasis is second to malaria as the most devastating parasitic infection. Schistosomiasis (also known as Bilharzia) is a parasitic disease caused by flatworms. Larval forms of the parasites are released by freshwater snails in untreated water (lakes and rivers). They burrow through the skin of people…

Zika Virus FAQs

Zika has made headline news over the past few weeks, but what is the real threat to travellers visiting the Americas from the UK? And, what precautions should be made by travellers and those whom are pregnant or planning pregnancy? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers raised in our Nomad travel clinics. What…

Zika Virus

There has been widespread concern regarding Zika Virus, with cases now being reported in Europe as well as continuing outbreaks in North & South America. There have been smaller numbers of cases in Asia. Nomad Medical Director, Professor Larry Goodyer, has the following advice for travellers. It is still early days regarding the true impact…