Port Health ControlBr Med J 1974; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5923.100 (Published 13 July 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:100
- J. Stuart Horner
Almost 950,000 of the 21 million passengers passing through London (Heathrow) Airport in 1973 were seen by the health control unit, which is run by the London Borough of Hillingdon. The unit provides 24-hour medical cover and its responsibilities include x-ray examination for tuberculosis and screening passengers from smallpox-infected areas. It is suggested that, in view of changing epidemiological patterns throughout the world, there is a need to modify existing procedures rather than to abandon them. The development of a follow-up system for tracing passengers at risk and improvements in presenting information about health risks to intending travellers are advocated. While such proposals might be opposed, they could be practicable.