Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

We can offer travel vaccinations to all, including Non – Practice patient. Some vaccinations and Malaria Tablets are by private prescription only and the Yellow Fever vaccination is only given at designated Yellow Fever Centres. For details re vaccination of: ACWY (meningitis Vaccination) please contact the surgery.

Please note that last minute travel cannot be treated as an emergency. Vaccinations for last minute travellers will only be provided at discretion of the health professionals at the practice, especially during busy periods or staff holidays. However, we do always try our very best to accommodate last minute travellers to avoid any disappointments.

Prior to travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your appointment for the Travel Clinic (preferably at least 8 weeks or more), which will be with the Practice Nurse. The Nurse will require to know which countries, and areas within countries, that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

Unfortunately we do not offer emergency travel vaccinations and would like to make you aware that if we do not receive your requests within our stipulated time frame it’s unlikely that we will be able to vaccinate you.

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible, as a second appointment will be required with the Practice Nurse to actually receive the vaccinations.These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least two to three weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Vaccines

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge.This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Men ACWY

We offer Men ACWY to all for Hajj Pilgrimage or for Travel Visa Requirement, at a total cost of £45 per person, includes certificate required. The cost per person reduced to £40 for party of two or more travellers.

Travel Form

You can also complete the online Travel form and send this to us (this must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to travel). Please note that the Nurse will try to assess your travel requirements within 1 week but during staff holiday or busy periods this can take longer. Once your travel health assessment has been completed, you will be contacted to make an appointment if required.

Healthy Travel Leaflet

You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.

Advice on Malaria will be given.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Hepatitis immunisation

Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. However Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge and therefore you may be charged for this vaccination when requested in connection with travel abroad.

Private Travel Clinics

If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment, as advised by the reception staff, then you can attend any Private Travel Clinic (you can obtain these numbers in the Yellow Pages see link below i.e. type in “travel clinic” then “your area”, to display a list of clinics) charges will apply at these clinics.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

Under NHS legislation, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the United Kingdom. However, to ensure good patient care the following guidance is offered. People travelling to Europe should be advised to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card.

Medication required for a pre-existing condition should be provided in sufficient quantity to cover the journey and to allow the patient to obtain medical attention abroad. If the patient is returning within the timescale of their usual prescription, then this should be issued (the maximum duration of a prescription is recommended by the Care Trust to be two months, although it is recognised that prescription quantities are sometimes greater than this). Patients are entitled to carry prescribed medicines, even if originally classed as controlled drugs, for example, morphine sulphate tablets.

For longer visits abroad, the patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication (this may need to be paid for by the patient).

General practitioners are not responsible for prescriptions of items required for conditions which may arise while travelling, for example travel sickness or diarrhoea. Patients should be advised to purchase these items from community pharmacies prior to travel.

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