Patients who may require vaccinations relating to foreign travel, are required to submit travel plans to the practice, using our Travel Clinic Pro-forma, NO LESS THAN 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE.
Travel clinic pro-forma will include details of countries and areas to be visited as well as accommodation type and expected activities. Travel needs of patients are very individual and can vary greatly depending on the age and vaccination history of the patient. e.g. A family of four going to the same hotel/resort may require different vaccinations from each other.
Our Travel Clinic is held on a monthly basis, usually during the last week of the month, on a Tuesday or Friday. It is very important to book this initial appointment as early as possible, and AT LEAST 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO TRAVEL. This is particularly important during spring and summer months where there is greater demand for appointments.
Your travel clinic appointment for vaccination needs to be at least 4 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to take effect, but can be sooner. Each member of the family will be allocated a 15 minute appointment at the travel clinic where NHS vaccines can be administered. Patients must bring prescribed vaccines to this appointment.
Some travel vaccines are only available on a private prescription via a pharmacy or by visiting a private travel clinic. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. Anti-Malarial tablets can often be purchased from a pharmacy. Some non-NHS vaccinations require to be commenced 8 weeks prior to travel.
Our practice continues to provide NHS allowable vaccinations (i.e. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio) but no longer provides travel vaccinations that are currently available only on private prescription (i.e. Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis ACWY, and some antimalarial tablets).
You can also complete the online Travel form and send this to us (this must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to travel).
The Practice is unable to accommodate requests for Travel clinic appointments less than 8 weeks prior to departure.
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.
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 a MASTA clinic or any other Private Travel Clinic. Please be aware that charges will apply.
Masta offer travel health consultations, vaccinations (including yellow fever at MASTA nurse lead clinics and selected community pharmacies), antimalarials and travel related retail items. MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad), was established over 30 years ago and we now operate one of the largest network of private travel clinics in the UK.
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.