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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

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.

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 2 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. We do not currently offer private travel vaccinations as it is possible to obtain these easily from other clinics at competitive prices.

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

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Travel Form

You may require vaccinations if travelling abroad. Please complete this questionnaire and return to the surgery at least 8 weeks prior to travel to assist the Practice Nurse in advising on the required vaccinations. Please contact the surgery 14 days after submitting this form to find out what the nurse has suggested for your travel, and book an appointment if necessary.

Please remember that we are unable to offer vaccinations for business travel and advise anybody travelling for this purpose to source vaccinations from an occupational health department or private travel clinic.

Healthy Travel Leaflet

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

Private Travel Clinics

If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment or if you require vaccinations that are not available on the NHS, then you can attend any Private Travel Clinic—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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