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    Protect yourself against malaria

    Posted on April 25th, 2014

    Today is World Malaria Day, an awareness campaign organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to examine the progress made towards malaria control and elimination.

    Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally, however malaria still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year.

    And although most malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, it is found in more than 100 countries, including areas of Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

    Malaria is not found in the UK, however about 1,400 travellers were diagnosed with malaria after returning to the UK in 2012.

    If you are travelling abroad this summer, then visit YourGP’s specialist travel clinic which provides vaccination advice and medication in one place – saving you time and money.

    Although you cannot be vaccinated against malaria, you can protect yourself by covering up with suitable clothing, using insect repellents and a mosquito net when necessary. Depending on where you are visiting, we can also advise you on whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets.

    Malaria almost always starts with fever, so if you get a fever after your return from your travels, you should come in and be checked at YourGP.

    We can provide a comprehensive post-travel check for anyone who feels that they might have been exposed to malaria or other health problems while they were abroad.

    When you come in for your post-travel check-up, one of our doctors will talk to you about where you’ve been and take a medical history, then carry out the appropriate tests.

    We provide rapid test results so you’ll soon know if anything is wrong – and if there is, we’ll make sure you get the treatment you need.

    If you want to find out more about our specialist travel clinic or comprehensive post-travel health check, simply get in touch by calling us on 0131 225 5656 or emailing .

    Of course, you can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn too, where we provide lots of tips, advice and information

    I had been at this practice since late 2018. The staff have been nothing but amazing! The care given here has to be the best care I’ve ever received at any practice. Very polite, greeted with a smile and always made sure you were comfortable.

    The response times are extremely quick, always on that day or early next morning, pointing you into the right direction. Even if they were unable to assist, they would always make sure you knew where to go and what to do.

    Your appointments are always accommodated to your needs, some imes I was unable to make my routine appointments in person so they would happily offer a Skype call which made things easier as I live a few hours away, but was always happy to make the trip when I could as it was always a pleasant experience.

    I cannot thank this practice enough for the help that they gave me, I now feel confident and comfortable with myself and I would definitely recommend their services!

    Elijah K

    YourGP is regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland – the regulator for independent healthcare services across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland accepts complaints at any time. Contact them at:

    Independent Healthcare Team
    Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
    0131 623 4342 |