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Well Travelled Clinic at LSTM: Helping business and NGOs prepare for safe international travel

The Well Travelled Clinic at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has helped hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers to stay well abroad since it was established back in the 1950s.

But did you know that it’s not just pre-holiday jabs that the Well Travelled Clinic (WTC) offers?

In fact, it’s a specialist ‘one-stop shop’ for a host of corporate clients in Liverpool, the North West and across the UK.

The WTC also provides important support for humanitarian agencies and NGOs in responding quickly to emergencies, preparing medics heading to the frontline of the war in Ukraine and responding to natural disasters all over the world.

Philippa Tubb, Managing Director of the Well Travelled Clinic, said:

“Late summer is always a busy time for the clinic as we support individuals to enjoy their holidays with peace of mind.

“But lots of people aren’t aware that our team also provides comprehensive support to businesses and charities here in Liverpool whose staff are planning to work overseas. We are also proud to work closely with humanitarian agencies who deploy medics to areas of conflict and natural disasters, ensuring timely support that takes into account the complex, risky environments where they are going.

“Being part of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is incredibly important to us. The profits we make are reinvested into supporting our work, which means we can continue to support vital research and support in global health.”

Business support

Businesses with an international workforce have a responsibility to ensure the health and security of their staff overseas – including that they are covered by vaccinations and anti-malarial tablets, as well as thorough pre-travel advice and risk assessments. This is known as the employer’s ‘duty of care’.

Experienced, specialist health professionals at the WTC can help employers to meet this requirement.

As well as ensuring that staff are covered medically, WTC pre-travel advisors ensure that travellers are equipped with knowledge on everyday precautions, and country-specific recommendations are given during travel health consultations to minimise health risks associated with travel. Pre-travel medicals can be given to ensure that staff are fit to travel and to work overseas.

The WTC can also work with businesses to develop comprehensive international travel risk assessments, and the clinic provides occupational health services to companies in the energy, shipping and laboratory and research sectors.

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Humanitarian support

In the last year alone, the WTC has supported over 200 workers from several NGOs and humanitarian agencies ahead of deployment to multiple global destinations. The clinic team understand the risks associated with working in complex and often dangerous contexts.

Upon the outbreak of war in Ukraine, WTC supported large-scale teams of healthcare workers who were deployed to establish field hospitals to treat the wounded. The clinic works closely with NGOs that specialise in landmine clearance around the world, including in Ukraine.

More recently, they’ve supported medics responding to the tragic earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, and the cyclone in Malawi.

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