Staff & Clinic
The Exeter Travel Clinic: The team
Travel Health Consultancy was born out of an individual’s passion for the provision of healthcare and a love of travel and adventure. Our fabulous team not only have a wealth of knowledge and experience, they also share a passion for this fascinating subject. This culminates in our clients getting the best advice and support available.
James Moore MSc DTM DTN FFTM RCPS (Glasg) FRGS
James has been providing expedition and travel health advice and training to individuals, universities, companies and charities for over a decade. He trained as a nurse in Bristol, where he worked for 10 years before returning to his home county, Devon. He has post-graduate diplomas in Travel Medicine and Tropical Nursing and a degree in Emergency Care, along with a range of outdoor qualifications.
His background has led him into a very practical travel and expedition domain, and he provides medical cover for a number of expeditions across the globe, from antarctic islands through to the deserts of Sudan.
James is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, where he resides as a member of the Medical Cell.
James writes for a number of journals and is an author and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, and co-author of ‘Expedition Medicine’ part of P. Auerbach’s definitive textbook ‘Wilderness Medicine’,
Along with teaching on the Diploma in Travel Medicine James and his colleague Dr Jon Dallimore recently launched the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, the first post-graduate academically accredited course of it’s kind, in the world.
Amanda Mathers-Abbott RGN BSc (Hons)
After qualifying from the University of Central England, Amanda specialised in Intensive Care Nursing, both here in the UK and overseas, in Australia. Returning to the UK Amanda developed her training, moving into the realm of Community General Practice care, leading in areas such as diabetes, childhood immunisations and asthma.
Over the last decade Amanda has utilised her managerial knowledge and skills, working within the Lead Nurse role in her community General Practice. As well as working overseas, Amanda has extensive travel experience across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Emma Blake RGN
Following her general nurse training in North London, Emma worked in a range of positions within the Medical Directorate. As a mentor and nurse educator, she was responsible for the development of junior colleagues and students. Following her hospital based work, Emma moved roles, developing skills in chronic disease management, woman health and general practice care within the community.
On moving to the Southwest, and as a reflection of her knowledge and skills, Emma became the Lead Nurse for travel, immunisation and anti-coagulation services within the Ottery GP Practice. She is also responsible for a number of other services including well-woman, cytology and chronic disease management.
As well as a love for travel, Emma is an awesome cook, regularly keeping the clinic topped up with cake!
Lucy Johnson RCSN BSc (Hons)
Since qualifying in 2000 from Oxford Brookes University as a children’s nurse, Lucy has spent time in a variety of nursing roles, caring for children, young people and adults in acute settings, as well as working as an expedition medic in Canada and Zambia. As an outdoor instructor, her work in Scotland gave her first had experience of the practicalities of adventurous trips, both with groups and independently.
Travel through South America (Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Patagonia) gave Lucy experience in the effects of altitude and acclimatisation during multiday expeditions, an understanding she loves passing onto those venturing far afield. Working in the outdoor education department of a Zambian school and providing the nursing support for a Duke of Edinburgh gold exploration provided insight into rural Zambia and the healthcare needs of the local population.
Closer to home, Lucy leads an annual mountain bike camp for young people, and regularly sea kayaks, road bikes and runs. She has worked as a Sister on the Neonatal unit for over a decade, teaching and mentoring the team.
Lucy’s wealth of experience means she is happy caring for the most timid of adults and bravest of children alike.
Lynette Hawes RGN BSc (Hons) Dip HVCC
After qualifying from the University of Southampton, Lynette commenced her career as a Community Heath Visitor in Dorset, before leaving the UK to work within the University of Malawi College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi. This exciting post gave Lynette a unique insight into the healthcare issues experienced by those in low and middle-income countries.
Returning to the UK, Lynette continued to work as a Health Visitor here in the Southwest, before developing her skills within the community nursing team.
Her roles have included work with families, supporting victims of domestic violence and child protection services, along with training a new generation of nurses and health visitors into these vital roles. Further training roles have included support for St John’s Ambulance staff and Duke of Edinburgh Award teams.
Lynette is a keen sports-woman, involved in many outdoor activities and passionate about travel overseas.
Sarah Lloyd RGN, Dip CH
After qualifying as an adult nurse in Winchester, Sarah began her career in surgery, specialising in breast care. She then moved to Southampton Emergency Department, caring for acutely sick and injured children and adults. Whilst here she completed her children’s nurse training and was involved with advanced emergency care and moulage training. As her career developed she utilised these specialist skills working with communities in Romania to support hospitals and an orphanage, through a charity organisation.
On moving to the Southwest and reflecting her organisational skills and experience, Sarah’s career moved into a more managerial realm, as she became the lead nurse for children and young peoples services at the Exeter Nuffield Hospital.
Sarah’s passion in mental and emotional wellbeing, along with her interest in safeguarding, lead her to develop vital roles as a family support worker, adoption panel member and counsellor, positions she continues to hold. Sarah also continues to teach life support skills to medical, nursing and community groups.
Ness Hilton BA (Hons)
Her main passions are art and traveling and she combined the two by working in Shanghai as an Art Coordinator and creating the first international art department in her school. She progressed from painting and drawing workshops to teaching the American Advanced Placement Studio Art course. During her five years in China, she traveled extensively to India, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Now her life is more settled and focused on being self-sufficient and using her creative flair by up-cycling furniture and painting Mandalas.
Melissa Willmott (MAAT)
Melissa studied in Exeter to achieve her AAT accounting technician course, which was 4 years of studying at night school. Her main passion is travelling and seeing the world, she has visited various places such as Bali, Australia, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, New York etc
In 2007 she travelled from Sydney to Cairns in two weeks with a tour guide and group and enjoyed the whole experience from chilling in Byron bay to snorkelling on the great barrier reef and also skydiving in cairns which has given her the buzz to do it again.
Her life now is much more settled now with two young children, socialising with friends so the travelling is a lot less but she still hopes to take her children to some of the places she has been to and experienced i.e. safari in Tanzania and Kenya
Before coming to us Kirsty managed a funeral directors for 18 years, and was also an embalmer. A call for change brought her to us in 2016. After traveling to Australia in 2008 she found a passion for travel. However settling down to family life just after returning Kirsty now enjoys family holidays around Europe but hopes to travel further afield in the future. Kirsty manages our Reception along with Administration and is also a trained Phlebotomist .
She enjoys spending time with her American Bulldog, Elvis and being in the great outdoors, cycling, walking and going out socialising with her friends.
Non-clinical Supervising Physician
Dr. Jon Dallimore is one of the country’s leading authorities in Expedition and Travel Medicine. With over 20 years of experience, there are very few who might surpass his knowledge and understanding in this subject. Dr. Dallimore has an MSc in Travel Medicine, a Diploma in Mountain Medicine, is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow and is also an International Mountain Leader. Dr Dallimore is one of the UK’s leading instructors in expedition and wilderness medical training, leading on courses both nationally and internationally. Dr Dallimore is an international speaker, has published many articles on expedition travel and is an editor of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and advises on their medical cell.
The Exeter Travel Clinic
The Exeter Travel Clinic can be found at No. 22, Southernhay West, Exeter, just around the corner from Exeter Cathedral and the Princesshay shopping centre. When visiting, we hope you will find the clinic relaxing, informative and inspiring. Our aim is to make sure that you feel prepared for your holiday or adventure.
The clinic is on the first floor. There are a couple of steps up to the front door and then stairs to the first floor. Unfortunately we do not have a lift. If access is likely to be ab issue, please contact the clinic. If you are bringing in a pushchair, these can be left in the hallway on the ground floor.
Our waiting room holds a gallery of photographs by Nick Mason, an Olympus Cameras’ Top Photographer. These images can be purchased at www.summitphotographs.com. Money raised from the sale of photographs supports the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) and the rescue post at Machermo, in the Gokyo Valley of Nepal.
To prepare you fully The Exeter Travel Clinic stock a wide range of travel health related items, such as mosquito nets and repellents, water purification tablets and first aid kits. We can also advise on and supply more specialist medical kits and supplies for expeditions to remote locations.