When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel appointment, at least 8 weeks.
Please note you cannot book a travel appointment with the doctor. If you are a last minute traveller, you must contact a private travel clinic.
The receptionist will arrange a telephone appointment with the practice nurse. She will ask you some questions about your travel arrangments and this will be assist in perparation for your telephone appointment. The nurse will arrange a follow up appointment if you require vaccinations. Please note there is a high demand for practice nurse appointments and she can sometimes be fully booked up to 3 weeks or more in advance. So we may not always be able to offer you an appointment before this time. If we are unable to offer you a suitable appointment you may need to contact a private travel clinic to arrange your vaccinations.
Please be aware that the practice does not provide non-NHS vaccines or non-NHS anti-malarial prescriptions.
Patients with complex travel plans who will require vaccinations out with the NHS remit would be advised to contact a private travel clinic as soon as possible as some vaccines may need to be given over a 3 – 6 month period.
Information concerning your vaccination history can only be issued by the Practice Nurse or Doctor. Reception staff are not qualified to release this information to you. As your vaccination status is very important, your records require to be checked by a clinician. To obtain your vaccination history please submit a request in writing(for medico-legal purposes we are unable to accept e-mail requests) to the Practice Nurse. Please allow at least seven working days for your reply, there is a £15.00 charge for this service.
Patients can access the fit for travel website for further travel advice, www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-
- Hepatitis A
Advice on Malaria will be given.
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.