global air travel


NI PEARS is a regional service provided by community optometrists for patients who develop an acute (new and sudden or very recent onset) eye problem e.g. sudden red, painful or sticky eye, sudden flashes & floaters, sudden reduction in vision, something in the eye that you cannot remove. Contact a local optometrist for investigation and management of your acute eye problems. Patients with non-acute eye problems, including non-acute headaches and previously diagnosed chronic eye conditions, should not attend a PEARs clinic  but contact the GP via triage.  

If the patient is not eligible for NIPEARS or a GOS sight test there may be a charge.

When a pharmacist may be able to help

The Pharmacy First Scheme is available at local chemists and offers free treatments and advice for everyday health conditions such as:


Groin infection


Athletes foot





Vaginal thrush


Mouth ulcers



Oral thrush


You can also avail of over the counter treatment and adivce for:

  • coughs, colds, eye conditions, stomach upsets, skin conditions, allergies, aches and pains
  • common drugs, vitamins and minor first-aid
  • healthy eating and living, including giving up smoking
  • blood pressure and diabetes monitoring and needle exchange, truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies
  • women's health, including treatment for thrush, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing
  • children's health, including nappy rash, teething, coughs and colds, threadworms, head lice, warts and verrucas
  • all prescribed and over-the-counter medicines

Travel Vaccinations

Meadowbridge Surgery  no longer offers a Private Travel Vaccination Service. There are however, various clinics in Northern Ireland offering this service, the most local at Carrick Health Centre Pharmacy, Taylors Avenue, (contact information can be found on line for other clinics in Belfast/Bangor). 

An appointments at Meadowbridge Surgery can then be arranged for any NHS Travel Vaccines outstanding following your attendance at  the Private Travel Clinic.   Patients will receive writing information to bring to the Practice Nurse indicating any outstanding NHS free Travel Vaccines required. Our Practice Nurse will not give Travel advice regarding private vaccines.

You can find information on vaccines you may require from the links below.  We cannot vouch that the information on the links is up to date.  You should contact a travel clinic to confirm vaccinations required.

• Allow plenty of time for a pre-travel consultation at least 6-8 weeks before you travel.

• A dental check-up before you travel may prevent problems while you are away.

• Take out adequate insurance for your destination and activities. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free or reduced rate medical care in most EU countries. You can apply for one free of charge online (, by phone (0845 606 2030), or by post using a form from the Post Office

• Pack a first aid kit (a sterile kit of emergency equipment may be a good idea if you are going somewhere remote).

• Find out about the place you are travelling, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website contains information and up to date advice on travelling abroad, including information about risks in specific countries.  There is further information about countries and vaccinations on the links below

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

  Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)


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