Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

We always recommend that you make an appointment with our Practice Nurse at least 8 weeks before you travel abroad. At this appointment, she will be able to provide you with important and up to date travel health advice, check your immunisation status and provide you with any necessary vaccinations and/or boosters for the country you are visiting. The earlier you receive your vaccinations, the greater the immunity level you will have against the respective diseases.

Unfortunately, not all travel vaccinations are available on the NHS and we have to make a charge to the patient for the cost and administration of these vaccinations. Please see the attached list of travel vaccinations that are not available on the NHS and their respective fee.

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

Instructions

1: Complete the online Travel form.

2: Please telephone the surgery to book your travel advice appointment with our Nurse, 3 days after you have submitted your completed Travel Risk form. This will allow us adequate time to review what vaccinations and advice will be relevant to you.

3: At this appointment, our Nurse will telephone you to provide travel advice and inform you if you require any travel vaccinations. She will also inform you of the cost of these vaccinations.

4: A further appointment will be made for you, if you require travel vaccinations.

5: You will be expected to pay for the full course of vaccinations prior to this appointment. The Practice reserves the right not to provide you with these vaccinations unless payment has been received in full.  We accept payment by cash, cheque and credit/debit cards.

Please refer to our Patient Travel advice leaflet for further information.

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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