MASTA EXPANDS TRAVEL CLINIC NETWORK WITH SOUTHPORT LAUNCH
A group of
medical professionals has teamed up with the UK’s biggest name in
travel health to open Southport’s 1st specialist clinic to help
travellers protect themselves from infectious diseases and illnesses
MASTA Travel Clinic based in Triangle House on Church Street (next
door to St Mark’s Medical Centre) aims to promote safe and healthy
travel and believes it can capitalise on the growing popularity of
gap breaks, last minute bookings and adventure holidays.
Southport brings MASTA’s national network to 40 and expects to
attract the town’s holidaymakers and business travellers living in a
30 mile radius. A full range of one-stop services will include
travel immunisations, malaria tablets and other medication plus
travel health products and advice.
Every year approximately 2,000 people return to Britain with malaria
and there has been a 150% increase in visits by British travellers
to malarious countries in the last 10 years, with more than 50
deaths since 2001.
The MASTA Travel Clinic is headed up by Dr Shaun Meehan and
supported by a nursing team of 4. He said:- “People need
all-round travel advice on staying healthy while abroad and there
are no facilities like this in the area. This means we will be able
to offer more choice to anyone needing travel health services.
This is especially true with more of us booking last minute deals on
the internet and not thinking about what precautions we should be
taking before setting off.”
The clinic will also offer access to MASTA’s unique internet-based
patient consulting system, e-clinic. This gives travellers instant
updates on health risks and disease outbreaks in every country
worldwide together with vaccination advice, and practical travel
tips. It supports doctors and nurses with the latest medical
information from MASTA’s Health Risk database.
“e-clinic brings modern technology, thinking and communication
to travel health. People can ask questions and get instant answers.
This ensures someone finds out more before their journey and helps
them to understand easily the medical opinion they are given,”
For more information or to make an appointment contact the MASTA
Travel Clinic on 01704 511730.
LIKE DRIVING IN MY CAR… (ON MY OWN)
being heralded as a quick means to save fuel costs, parking fees and
reduce carbon emissions- as well as getting to know your work mates
better, fleet drivers enjoy their own space too much to want to car
share, according to research by Masterlease.
Indeed, regardless of the obvious environmental and fuel saving
benefits, 55% of drivers would say ‘no’ to car sharing if they had a
choice. In fact, of those 55% who would not consider car sharing, 3
out of 4 respondents admitted that they would rather make up an
excuse than say yes to a lift share request.
The main reason for preferring to travel alone was drivers wanting
to listen to the radio during their journey, followed closely by
people liking the flexibility of their own transport and the belief
or excuse that no-one lived near enough to them to make it
Nearly 70% of people who took part in the survey also admitted that
they felt their driving changed with passengers in the car, but
opinion was split on whether the effect on their driving was
positive or negative. 41% reported feeling that they drove
less confidently, whilst 47% felt that the effect was positive
because they ended up driving more conscientiously. Of those
that felt that having passengers in the car had a positive effect on
their driving, more than 50% said that this was because they slowed
down and 41% said that it was because they drove more carefully.
Clive Forsythe, sales and marketing director at Masterlease, said:-
“It is intriguing that respondents described driving more
slowly as both positive and negative. For some it is probably a very
positive consequence to have passengers in the car as they are more
conscientious, but others felt that it cramped their usual driving
Nearly half said that their driving changed the most when it was a
work colleague or their boss in the car with them.
Forsythe concludes:- “The results of this survey are really
interesting as they show that we tend to drive more carefully with
others in the car. People possibly worry about others judging their
driving and so slow down and are much more careful. However, people
report that they would still rather travel alone despite the obvious
fuel-saving advantages as well as safety benefits. These results
will hopefully open the debate on car sharing and highlight not only
the cost saving and environmental benefits, but also the safety