Do you need vaccinations?
Our Nurses can provide comprehensive travel health advice and arrange appropriate immunisations. Please arrange an appointment for a travel consultation at least 8 weeks before departure (no exceptions). Vaccines need time to take effect and some may require a course over several weeks.
Proof of travel will be required at this appointment.
Vaccines available for travel via NHS prescription are Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Cholera. Any other vaccines required or recommended for travel will require attending a private travel clinic.
Certificates and vaccination forms that require signature or stamp are charged at £10 for completion.
Travel appointments MUST be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice if unable to attend. Failure to comply may lead to a second appointment not being offered and the patient being advised to attend a private travel clinic for all advice and immunizations.
Select the region you are travelling to find out more.
We offer a full travel advice and immunisation service. If you are travelling abroad please complete and submit the travel form in plenty of time (we recommend 8 weeks) before your journey.
Prescriptions when travelling abroad
PRESCRIBING MEDICINES FOR USE OUTSIDE OF THE UK
“Antimalarials should not be prescribed on the NHS for prophylaxis” – DoH 1995 (FMSL(95) 7)
Patients should be advised and it is the patient's responsibility to find out if there are any restrictions on taking medicines either prescribed or bought from a pharmacy in and out of the UK or to the country they will be visiting. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website (www.fco.gov.uk) has a full list of foreign embassies in the UK. (www.nhs.uk).
Under NHS legislation, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the U.K. However, to ensure good patient care the following guidance is offered. People travelling within Europe should be advised to carry the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and everyone should obtain adequate holiday insurance cover.
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 a normal prescription (usually one month) then this should be issued, providing this is clinically appropriate.
Doctors are clinically and legally responsible for any results of a decision to prescribe medicines. In view of this, it would NOT be considered good clinical practice to prescribe large amounts of medicines to a patient going abroad for an extended period of time and whose progress the GP is unable to monitor. Thus the maximum medication supplied to a patient travelling abroad will be 56 days supply AND that this is only on the understanding that their departure from the UK will be less than 3 months.
Regulation 25, Schedule 5 of NHS (GMS services contracts) regulations 2004 states that “where notification has been received from a patient that they intend to be away from the UK for a period of at least 3 months then they should be removed from the GP practice list and only 28 days supply of medication can be prescribed". The GP practice should notify their local NHS Trust / Health Board. The patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication (this may need to be paid for by the patient). It is wise for the patient to check with the manufacturer that medicines required are available in the country being visited.
We have a Travel Policy whereby anyone travelling abroad and requiring advice and updates on travel vaccinations MUST inform us EIGHT WEEKS in advance of their travel. There are very few exceptions to this rule!
The reason we have had to initiate this policy is that our Practice Nurses have a plethora of work to carry out on chronic disease management, diabetic clinics, respiratory clinics, dressings, venepuncture, post operative wound care, new patient medicals etc. etc. and as an NHS Organisation we are happy to try and provide a travel vaccination service within the limits of what we can cope with.
However the number of our patients travelling abroad requiring vaccinations has mushroomed over the last few years and there are peak times for this international travel that our NHS service simply can’t cope with.
Travel vaccinations ARE NOT just a jag! They often require a lot of time discussing health risks and potential epidemics in the areas which our patients are travelling to – including malaria, schistosomiasis and other tropical diseases. They are very time consuming for our highly skilled nurses.
To allow us to provide this service – in addition to all of the other NHS services we provide – WE NEED EIGHT WEEKS NOTICE to factor in the demand and allow us to deal safely and effectively with the requirements. This will include proof of travel.
Given the current restrictions on International Travel and the requirements to vaccinate large numbers with the CoVid vaccine over the next 6 months - we will unfortunately be temporarily suspending travel vaccinations until the situation stabilises. When the CoVid situation changes we will return to our standard services as outlined above. We hope that everyone appreciates the reasons for this decision. Travel vaccinations and advice can still be obtained through commercial organisations.