Prior to travelling patients must allow a minimum of 6 weeks before their date of departure, to arrange the necessary appointments and advice. If you are travelling in less than 6 weeks please click HERE to find your local community travel clinic.
The first step is to complete the ‘Travel Risk Assessment Form’ as the Nursing Team will require to know which countries, and areas within countries, you are visiting to determine what vaccinations may be required. This form is available below, or you can request a physical copy at the practice reception. It is one form per patient, including children.
Once you have completed the form, it will be passed on to the Nursing Team for processing. A Nurse will then contact you via text message either giving advice on your intended destination, or requesting you to book an appointment for vaccinations.
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.
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-
- Hepatitis A
Please complete this form prior to contacting the Practice. This form is essential to us processing your request.
Once we have your travel form you will then be sent a text message with relevant information or requesting you to book an appointment.
Healthy Travel Leaflet
You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.
Advice on Malaria will be given, HOWEVER Malaria tablets are not available on the NHS and will not be prescribed by a GP.
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.
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.