Foreign Office warning to Brits travelling to Turkey after 17 deaths

A warning has been issued to Brits travelling to Turkey for medical treatments.

There has been a surge in popularity of people from the UK jetting out to the country for procedures such as dental treatments and hair transplants. Brits are able to book an appointment in Turkey in a matter of weeks – and cosmetic procedures such as breast implants or hair transplants are often up to 70% cheaper in Turkey than in the UK – as The Express reports.

However, the Foreign Commonwealth Office has updated its guidance for medical tourism in Turkey as 17 Brits have died after being treated in Turkey since January 2019. It said: “The standard of medical facilities and available treatment vary widely around the world.

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“As such, British nationals considering undertaking medical treatment in Turkey should carry out their own research. It is unwise to rely upon private companies that have a financial interest in arranging your medical treatment abroad.

“We are aware of 17 British nationals who have died in Turkey since January 2019 following medical tourism visits. If you are travelling to Turkey to undertake a medical procedure, you should ensure that your chosen medical facility is accredited with the Turkish authorities. You can find a list of those facilities that have accreditation on the Health Services General Directorate website.”

The government advises UK travellers to check that a clinic is registered with the Turkish authorities before booking a procedure and also consult with their doctor .

The National Travel Health Network and Centre said: “Individuals considering travelling for treatment should discuss their plans carefully with their UK doctor, dentist or hospital specialist before committing to any procedure abroad.

“ Travellers should speak directly to the health professional undertaking the planned treatment before travel and check their qualifications and references independently. Medical advice from a travel agent or administrator is unacceptable. Appropriate travel medical insurance is essential.”

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons advises against travelling abroad for any kind of surgery. It states the possibility of complications increases considerably with travel and limits the availability of aftercare.

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