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Foreign Visitors (Medical Examinations)

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the variety of medical conditions found amongst those passengers who arrived at Heathrow airport during 1987 and were referred for examination on arrival; and how many were refused entry on medical grounds.

The principal port medical officer at Heathrow has listed the following medical conditions as found amongst passengers arriving at Heathrow airport between 1 April 1986 and 31 March 1987 referred to the health control unit:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Pyrexia of unknown origin
  • Hepatitis
  • Food poisoning
  • Dysentery
  • Diarrhoea
  • Typhoid
  • Meningitis
  • Salmonella
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Glandular fever
  • Bornholm's Disease
  • Chicken pox
  • Shingles
  • Cardiac Arrest/Failure
  • Renal Colic/Failure
  • Accidents
  • Drug Abuse
  • Obstetric Emergency
  • Attempted Suicide
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Urine Retention
  • Non Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Anxiety State
  • Malnutrition
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Tachycardia
  • Gastritis
  • Chest Pains
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Neuritis
  • Acute Asthmatic Attack
  • Acute Allergic Condition
  • Emphysema
  • Tonsillitis
  • Dehydration
  • Acute Back Pain
  • Mental Illness
In 1987, the number of those refused entry on medical grounds at Heathrow airport was 41.