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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

At the moment we cannot do risk assessments for travel immunisations. We are therefore asking patients to attend a travel clinic for their assessments. The travel clinic will be able to assist with any non-NHS travel immunisations. If there are any NHS travel immunisations you need that are identified at your travel clinic appointment then we will be able to help you with these here at the surgery.

Vaccines

Some travel vaccines are available for free on the NHS. We will provide these for you if they are required. We do not provide a comprehensive Travel Vaccination service any more and if you require additional vaccinations or treatment not available for free on the NHS you will be directed to approach a private travel clinic.

Please note only the following vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Cholera

Healthy Travel Leaflet

You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements. You may also find our podcast helpful and useful.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Hepatitis immunisation

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 will be advised to attend a private travel clinic where you will be charged for this vaccination.

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 within Europe should be advised to carry a European Health Insurance Card, if still in date, or a UK 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, however it is your responsibility to check the legal status of your medications in the country you intend to visit.

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.

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