When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel vaccines, at least 6 weeks or more. Please attend the Practice to complete a Travel Immunisation Request form. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determinedly what vaccinations are required.
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-
- Hepatitis A
Any additional reccommended vaccines not on the above list must be obtained through the private sector.
A Travel Immunistion request form is available at the reception desk.
This form must be completed as fully as possible and you must include a daytime contact telephone number, intended place and date of travel so that the Practice Nurse can contact you if they encounter any problems with your form and preparation of your prescription.
The Travel Vaccination request appointments are only issued when we have received a completed form, once this has been received, you will be given a date by the receptionist to collect your prescription for your vaccines, and advised how to arrange to have your vaccination administered by the Nurse.
Healthy Travel Leaflet
You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to become infected.
Please download our useful leaflet on 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
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.
Fit for Travel
If you wish further information before you travel please click the link for Fit For Travel where further information can be obtained relating to your holiday/travel destination.
Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions
A Scottish home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-
“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period(than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service…. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medication over such longer periods…. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.”
Where ongoing medical attention is not necessary, the patient may be given a private prescription.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lonely Planet’s website
International Society of Travel Medicine
Health Advice for the Diabetic
Fit for Travel – an NHS site written at the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health
Medical Advice Services for Travelers Abroad
UK travel health – site developed by a nurse
Centre for Disease Control – in Atlanta