Information for health professionals calling the advice line
The advice line is for health professionals who have queries about
The advice line is usually staffed by one Specialist Nurse Advisor each session and does get very busy. However, many queries can be answered by information that is available online.
In order to make best use of the service there are several resources that health professionals can check prior to calling:
Additionally, it is anticipated that callers will already have accessed key resources such as an atlas, Immunisation against infectious disease (the Green Book) and the Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the United Kingdom in an attempt to find the answer to their query.
Callers are asked to have the following information available:
We are unable to answer travel health queries from the general public and non-clinical administrative members of staff.
Advice line disclaimer
The purpose of the NaTHNaC advice line is to provide guidance to healthcare professionals advising travellers with complex travel itineraries and/or special health needs.
Whilst NaTHNaC will use its clinical knowledge and expertise to advise on the most appropriate course of action, it is reliant on the information vicariously provided by healthcare professionals and, as such, is unable to review any records or consult with the traveller themself. NaTHNaC does not (and cannot) therefore accept any responsibility for clinical decisions made with regard to the administration of vaccines and prophylactics. Such decisions must be made by healthcare professionals in accordance with the individual circumstances and clinical condition of the traveller.
For the avoidance of doubt, the healthcare professional thus remains responsible for individual risk assessments relating to travel and for any clinical decisions made regarding the administration of vaccines, other prophylactics, or for information given regarding travel health.