Here you will find out more about us. Who we are, and importantly, why we do what we do.
Who runs our travel clinic?
Dr Ravi Gowda, a consultant in infectious diseases, is in charge of our travel clinic in Coventry. He has worked in infection for sixteen years and has been a member of the Royal College of Physicians, UK for more than twenty four years. Dr Gowda has also trained at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine who awarded him with the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
He works with Gemma Hicks, RGN, who is an experienced nursing sister. Before specialising in travel health medicine, Gemma worked on an infection ward in a major university teaching hospital.
Before setting up his travel clinic, Dr Gowda created a new infectious diseases unit in a major hospital. It was here that he realised patients were coming into hospital seriously ill after travelling abroad. Some patients were so ill that they had to be admitted to the intensive care unit. Dr Gowda was also concerned that many of these illnesses were entirely preventable if patients had only sought travel health advice before their journey. Many of them had either not seen their general practitioners nor attended a specialist travel clinic. He also discovered that many travellers were completely unaware they could easily protect themselves with vaccinations or malaria tablets.
Following this realisation, Dr Gowda decided to act. He wanted to do prevent people falling ill by increasing awareness through education and prevention. Even though the NHS was unable to fund his travel clinic, Dr Gowda remained undeterred. He used money that he had saved to start Travel Klinix.
Five years after inception, through resilience and tenacity, the travel clinic has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Gemma is now at the forefront of our expansion. In just under two years, she has transformed Travel Klinix into a highly respected, professional organisation. Together, Dr Gowda and Gemma Hicks have developed a number health prevention services ensuring people stay well and are not admitted to hospital.