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LHSC travel: Australia trip cancelled, Health Ministry investigating

London Health Sciences Centre brass abruptly pull the plug on a planned trip to Australia as Ontario’s Health Ministry announced it is probing recent and planned international trips by London hospital executives totaling nearly a half-million dollars.

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London Health Sciences Centre brass abruptly pulled the plug on a planned trip to Australia as Ontario’s Health Ministry announced it is probing recent and planned international trips by London hospital executives totaling nearly a half-million dollars.

LHSC, which sent several senior executives on business trips to Portugal and the United Arab Emirates this month and in October, announced on Thursday an 11-person trip to Australia – set to depart Saturday – was no longer going ahead due to “unavoidable circumstances” involving a “transformational announcement” in the coming weeks. The total price tag of the three trips is about $470,000.

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Doctors share their in-flight health advice for summer travel

Holidays are great — but travelling can take its toll on your body and mind, particularly when flying long distances.

“When you consider that pressure, temperature and oxygen levels fluctuate in the aircraft, add in the fact that humidity levels are lower than sea level – it’s not surprising flying can upset some of your body’s normal functions,” says Dr Chun Tang, medical director and GP at Pall Mall Medical. “Not forgetting, most people feel varying degrees of stress before take-off too.” 

So, if your summer holiday is set to include a hefty flight, what are some of the key things to think about when it comes to health and wellbeing?


“Airplanes can dehydrate you because half of the air circulating in the cabin comes from the outside, and when you’re at a higher altitude there is hardly any moisture in the air,” says Tang.

If you want to help mitigate the impact of dehydration while flying, consider what you eat and drink both before and during.

“Eat something light, like a salad and fruit. Avoid salty fast food, especially before flying, as this can cause bloating and dehydration,” suggests Tang. “Many people like to have an alcoholic drink in the departure lounge prior to flying, but you are just dehydrating yourself further. Avoid coffee too and stick to fresh juices and water.

“After you’ve flown, tempting as it is to go and get an alcoholic beverage, keep drinking water to restore hydration.” 

Chun Tang. Picture: Pall Mall Medical/PA Photo
Chun Tang. Picture: Pall Mall Medical/PA Photo


Tang explains: “When you fly, you’re exposed to more germs because you’re near others – that’s why it’s common to catch a cold or sniffle following a flight. Your tray table, seatbelt and other surfaces that are frequently touched will also be covered with germs.

“Carry a small

Well on Your Way – A Canadian’s Guide to Healthy Travel Abroad


Well on Your Way - A Canadian's Guide to Healthy Travel Abroad


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Phone ‘going off the hook’ as Islanders book vaccines at new travel clinic

After a long-running P.E.I. travel health clinic closed over the summer, the people behind a new one now operating in Charlottetown are hoping to fill the gap it left behind. 

Before he left his practice in July, Dr. Ray Cooke had run a travel vaccination service at the Polyclinic in Charlottetown for several years. It and the Murphy’s Pharmacy travel health clinic in Parkdale were the only two locations in the province designated as yellow fever vaccination centres. 

Amy Bulnes, a registered nurse who is running the new clinic within the Travel Store on North River Road, said that closure left a gap when it came to travel advice and information about vaccinations. 

“This is something that we definitely thought was needed for Islanders, especially since everybody’s itching to get out and travel now,” she said. 

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Amy Bulnes, a registered nurse working at The Travel Clinic, says she hopes the clinic can help ease the strain on family physicians and provide patients with travel health advice. (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

Cooke has passed along his files and other information, said Bulnes, as well as the previous clinic’s phone number.

The clinic first started taking appointments in early December. Bulnes said she is now booking more than four or five appointments a day. 

Hopefully, we’re taking a little bit off of their plates, since they’re obviously very busy.— Amy Bulnes

“It’s been crazy. The phone’s been going off the hook,” she said.

Many of the people seeking appointments don’t have family doctors, or weren’t able to get appointments with them in time to travel, Bulnes said. That’s an issue she expects to continue, especially as family physicians remain in high demand. 

“Hopefully, we’re taking a little bit off of their plates, since they’re obviously very busy,” Bulnes said.

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