|Abstract||Primary Care practitioners can now access a broad range of information to help them look after patients who have come to live in the UK from abroad, following today's launch of a free-to-use online resource by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).|
The Migrant Health Guide is intended to be a "one stop shop" for information to support GPs and nurses in assessing and treating migrant patients, in recognition of the fact that these patients sometimes have health needs which are more complex than those of UK born patients. It will provide health professionals with the information they require quickly and easily and it is hoped that this will, in turn, improve patient care and quality of life.
The guide covers a wide variety of health issues that may affect migrant patients including infectious diseases. Although most migrants to the UK are healthy, infections such as TB and HIV are more common elsewhere in the world than they are in the UK. The new resource will support health care practitioners in diagnosing and managing a range of infectious and other conditions that may be relevant to migrants from different countries. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is important for the health of the individual patient and also to reduce the risk of onward transmission of some infections.
The guide has been developed by a team of clinical and public health experts, as well as primary care practitioners, in collaboration with the HPA's travel and migrant health section. It has been endorsed by both the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing.