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Flying back into the UK with Malaria

(28 Posts)
pollyspantry Thu 27-Dec-12 19:00:57

DH has been taken ill with malaria in Nigeria on business. He's been there for around 2 weeks. Started to feel the symptoms about 4 days ago but foolishly 'pushed through'. He is being sent home tomorrow - likely to arrive early hours of Saturday morning. He has been taking anti-malarials the whole time, and has been given some more of a different type by local doctor to combat his symptoms. No bloods have been taken to determine which strain.

Kids both screaming at me right now, so not quiet enough to hold proper conversation with NHS Direct (which I will do in a few hours when it is quiet) but just wondered if anyone in the know could advise before then as I'm worrying...

Should I take him straight to A&E on arrival at Heathrow?
Or to a specialist tropical diseases centre?
Or just the local GP for an emergency appointment and blood test (assuming treatment is just another prescription?)

I'm trying to work out whether i should be panicking (having seen some real horror stories via google) or whether a GP appt is more appropriate. DH will not be impressed with hospital visit as he is one of those men who thinks a Lemsip will sort him out, nothing else required. Will have to simply drive him there and apply force if necessary. Thanks in advance for any opinions.

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Thu 27-Dec-12 19:03:01

Gosh, I have no idea, ut my sympathies, I've had malaria and it's loody awful.
Hope someone more helpful is along soon.

LadyMaryChristmas Thu 27-Dec-12 19:05:20

Head straight to A&E. They will contact the tropical diseases centre there and will be better resourced to start treatment right away.

I hope he recovers quickly.

ohmeohmy Thu 27-Dec-12 19:05:29

Head for a and e at university college hospital at warren st. They are near the hospital for tropical diseases and also saved Cheryl when she had malaria.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Thu 27-Dec-12 19:08:09

Why don't you phone the hospital for tropical diseases and ask their advice.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Thu 27-Dec-12 19:08:58
pollyspantry Thu 27-Dec-12 20:06:09

Thanks everyone - although I am collecting him from Heathrow, we live about 1.5/2hrs north of London. Currently staying with my family in Surrey for Christmas.... soooo, perhaps best to leave the kids with my parents, collect DH from airport, drive the 30 mins back to Surrey and take him straight to A&E at parents local hospital? then we have my family on hand if I need to visit him/he is admitted/we need to pop in & out of London etc?

Will call NHS direct shortly, but thanks for advising me in the meantime.

Netto any advice for things I could do to make him more comfortable? Any ideas how he might make his 7 hr flight home better?

EldritchCleavage Thu 27-Dec-12 20:12:37

Malaria should always be taken seriously but it can vary very much in severity. In particular, if your husband was taking anti-malarials there is no reason to suppose he will get the most severe symptoms, so please don't let Google frighten you.

I think UCH is your best bet. When my friend returned from the Far East with dengue fever he was admitted there.

NarcolepsyQueen Thu 27-Dec-12 20:23:51

UCH is where you should head - not your local a&e!

pollyspantry Thu 27-Dec-12 20:32:55

I'm going to sound pathetic now... I don't think I can drive into central London; I'm not a Londoner and I'm a relatively new driver.

Would it not be OK to attend a South London/Surrey A&E and then he could be transferred by ambulance if needed?

Or should I maybe meet him at the airport and get the train into London with him? Will have littlest baby with me though, as exclusively breastfed...

CMOTDibbler Thu 27-Dec-12 20:37:04

I'd go to the local (to your parents house) A&E, then they will decide what to do with him after that. They can ring UCLH if they need advice

RillaBlythe Thu 27-Dec-12 20:37:38

I personally would just go to your nearest big A&E, I wouldn't make a huge effort to get to UCH from Heathrow.

MustafaCake Thu 27-Dec-12 20:43:31

Londoner here, who has spent time at UCH!

It's VERY easy to drive to from Heathrow. It's on one of the main roads into town from Heathrow, you can see it from the road. No need to get yourself lost going round London at all.

You will be able to manage it.

BlameItOnTheBogey Fri 28-Dec-12 12:21:36

10 years ago, I got malaria whilst in Africa on a work trip and flew back into heathrow. I had also been given local medicine. My work arranged for me to go straight to the centre for tropical diseases and they also arranged for a car to meet me at the airport and take me straight there. If he is there on work, do they not have a similar duty of care for him?

lidlqueen Fri 28-Dec-12 12:25:53

I would drive to UCH - London driving is no harder than anywhere else, to be honest.

MonaLotte Fri 28-Dec-12 12:26:32

I really think he should go to the appropriate hospital as you local a and e may not be equipped and you could waste valuable time transferring him.

LadyStark Argentina Fri 28-Dec-12 12:29:20

You'll be fine to drive to UCH, it really is an easy driver from Heathrow into London and it's no harder to drive in London that it is elsewhere, honestly you'll be fine.

aufaniae Fri 28-Dec-12 12:35:51

If you are not happy to drive him to UCH arrange for a friend or family member to do it. (although I agree with the others, it's not a difficult journey, you'll be fine smile )

It's more important that he gets the best care ASAP, then that he's somewhere convenient for you to drive to.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Fri 28-Dec-12 15:19:23

Certainly there's a big argument that a local nhs hospital may not deal with this appropriately, especially at the weekend where they may not be seen by a consultant. You might find they underplay it and send him home when that might not be the appropriate action to take. Can you phone work and ask that they send a car to transfer him to hospital as Bogey did.

AllOverIt Fri 28-Dec-12 15:23:29

Get someone else to pick him up and drive him if you don't feel confident driving in London.

pollyspantry Fri 28-Dec-12 20:47:33

Car arranged - I will go in on train with babe in sling. Now to worry about taking baby into germ-ridden A&E... thanks all smile

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Fri 28-Dec-12 21:00:39

Oh well done. I do feel for you, I'm sure it's the last thing you need, but its the best place for him. Perhaps take a muslin cloth to put over baby if people are looking germ ridden. Good luck with it, keep us updated.

lidlqueen Fri 28-Dec-12 21:02:09

good one polly, it is the best place for him, for sure

ohmeohmy Sat 29-Dec-12 13:11:14

How is he doing ?

MaMattoo Sun 30-Dec-12 01:20:40

How is he? Malaria can only be tested for when fever is high and a blood sample is taken then. Hope you reached Uch ( they are good)

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