Off The Record – July 2017

Travel Vaccinations

It’s coming up to holiday season and when booking your holiday it is important to consider any travel vaccinations that you might need. Ideally you need to allow at least 2 months prior to travel in order for the full course of vaccinations to be given and for them to take effect before your holiday.

In order to find out about what vaccinations you will require we advise that you look at the Fit for Travel Website:

If the Fit for travel website advises you that you will require immunisations please contact a member of the Reception Team who will then be happy to book you an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.

Please be aware that not all vaccinations are paid for by the NHS, so you may have to pay privately.

While away it is important to take steps to reduce your risk of diseases such as traveler’s diarrhea by following these basic guidelines.

Drinking Water

In countries with poor sanitation, don’t drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth unless it has been treated.

Filtered, bottled, boiled or chemically treated water should be used. Boiled water and hot drinks are usually safe. However ice in drinks should be avoided.

Food to avoid

Foods to avoid where sanitation is poor:

  • Salads, such as lettuce
  • Uncooked fruits and vegetables, unless they have been washed in safe water and peeled by the traveler
  • Fresh or cooked food that has been allowed to stand at room temperature in warm environments, or exposed to flies, such as an open buffet.
  • Unpasteurised milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products
  • Raw or undercooked shellfish or seafood
  • Food from street traders unless it has been recently prepared and is served hot on clean crockery.

Try to pick places to eat that have a reputation for serving safe food.

As a rule, only eat freshly prepared food that is thoroughly cooked and served steaming hot.

Always wash your hands after going to the toilet and before preparing or eating food.


On another note, on the 8th July 2017 a team of 31 walkers with support drivers, will walk 65km in one day in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.


Participants from Nunwell Surgery include:

Gemma Hinds, Michelle Harrison, Mandy Taylor, Kerry Mills, Karan Jones, Liz Barnes, Vanessa Hargest, Lisa Yarwood, Sarah Henton, Dr Jo Goodman, Dr Ian Tait, Dr Steven Scott, Dr Jane Shirazi. We also have many other family and friends joining us on the endurance walk.


This endurance walk starts in Brecon, ascending through the Brecon Beacons, including Pen-y-Fan and Cribyn, before coming down around the reservoirs, up into the Talybont Forest before finishing along the canal path and back into Brecon Town. This is to be completed within 18 hours.


Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited condition, affecting more than 10,500 people in the UK. The gene affected by CF controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the cells. People with CF experience a build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body.


The median predicted survival for someone with CF currently stands at 41 years old. Although a baby born today can be expected to live longer.


We are very grateful for any support; you can donate at reception in Nunwell Surgery or online at:


Every penny counts and is very much appreciated.