The Health Protection Agency has published a guide to help practice nurses and GPs look after migrant patients from overseas.
The HPA says its Migrant Health Guide means nurses “have at their fingertips” information on the health issues associated with over 100 countries.
The HPA’s Dr Jane Jones, who led the development of the Migrant Health Guide, said: “We hope that through providing this support, practitioners will be better placed to look after their migrant patients.
“Knowing the right issues to consider based in part on a person’s country of origin can mean the difference between a health problem going undetected and the patient accessing appropriate care and support services.”
HPA chair Dr David Heymann added: “It’s crucial that primary care practitioners expand their knowledge of the health issues associated with countries outside the UK, if we are to tackle pressing global health issues such as TB, HIV and malaria, to name but a few.”
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