Health Emergency Checklist

27 December 2013

Hopefully your holiday will be an enjoyable one. Should you or your child become unwell while you are away it is a good idea to know what to do before you go. We hope to give you some general guidance with our Health Emergency Checklist, so that no matter where you are travelling to you will have the appropriate information before you travel.

This checklist will help you if you need to arrange emergency medical treatment abroad.

  • You should talk to your doctor and travel agent, if you have one, for advice before you go. You can also get information from the tourist office, embassy or high commission of the country you’re visiting about getting medical treatment while you’re there.
  • Make sure you’ve got all the documents you need: your passport, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), proof of UK residence (e.g. your driving licence or NHS card), and vaccination certificates.
  • Check your insurance policy, so you know what your insurers will pay for.
  • Contact your travel company representative if you have one.
  • Give the doctor the generic name – not just the brand name – of any medication you’re taking.
  • Tell the doctor if you’ve been to any other countries on this trip.
  • Keep the names and addresses of a few friends and relatives with your passport so they can be contacted if necessary.
  • Contact British Consular officials if you need to get back to the UK quickly. They may be able to arrange this for you – but, remember, you will have to pay.
  • If you pay for any treatment or drugs and plan to claim on your insurance or get a refund, keep all receipts, special proofs of purchase, price tags and labels.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website has comprehensive travel advice by country, including information about UK embassies and consular offices.

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