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Travel clinic

If possible, you should be seen by our GP practice or a private travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel. Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity. Travel vaccinations – NHS

We include below

  • Details about our practice travel clinic
  • A link to information on commonly asked question on travel and holiday health

NHS choices covers what vaccines are available free on the NHS, and what you will need to pay for
Overview travel vaccinations Travel vaccinations – NHS

Practice travel clinic

First book a telephone appointment
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you need to make a telephone appointment first with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within those countries you are visiting to determine what vaccinations you will require. Please complete the travel questionnaire form below before coming to see the nurse.

Initial telephone appointment at least 6 weeks before travel
It is important to make this initial telephone appointment as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse at the surgery to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as many of them are not a stock vaccine. The Practice Nurse will book the second appointment. Please note we are no longer a yellow fever vaccination centre.

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please complete the following form before coming to see a nurse.

Download and complete the form:

Our practice policy for prescribing for patients who are going to be travelling abroad follows national guidelines and is as follows:

Up to 3 months
If you are travelling abroad for up to three months and intending to return

  • An NHS prescription for regular medication will be given to cover up to a maximum of 3 month period providing your GP is happy that any monitoring required is up to date and satisfactory
  • You will remain registered with the practice

Over 3 months
If you are travelling abroad for more than three months and/or not intending to return

  • An NHS prescription up to 3 month’s supply of regular medication may be provided at your GP’s discretion. The easiest way to obtain a summary of your patient record is through taking advantage of online access to your medical record. There is information on how to obtain access under online access to your Records.
  • You will be removed from the practice list if you are away for more than 3 months.

Requests for other medication to be taken abroad
No other medication other than that which is taken on a regular basis will be prescribed on the NHS. Private prescriptions may be issued at your GP’s discretion for items such as ‘just in case’ treatments.

If you are already abroad
If you are already abroad, no NHS prescriptions can be issued. NHS prescriptions or medication cannot be sent abroad.

National and local guidance on NHS prescriptions and travelling abroad
Our practice policy is based on national and local guidance which is considered in more detail under the frequently asked questions in Holiday and Travel Health there are detailed answers covering this topic. This also includes information on over the counter medication which your pharmacist can supply you for your holiday (including a first aid kit).

Our practice policy in full
You can find our full practice policy under:

Please be aware that the practice is not a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre (YFVC), vaccines can be arranged privately via external clinics. You can search for local yellow fever vaccination centres using:

From the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
Search for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres, “Find a YFVC”  YELLOW FEVER ZONE

Importantly when you use the NaTHNaC search engine start with just the first 2 letters of your postcode (e.g., if your postcode is AB1 2CD, then search with just AB) to ensure you are given all the possible options. Some of the options in this search may be clearly outside your area, but if you look for your local telephone code in the right-hand column of the results you will be able to quickly pick out a local YFVC.

Understand travel and holiday health

Under Holiday and Travel Health there are detailed answers to common questions which cover the areas of:

  • Vaccines and medication for specific countries
  • General health and safety (including with pregnancy)
  • Flying (including with pregnancy)
  • Prescriptions and medication (both relating to your pharmacist and the GP practice)
  • Treatment abroad
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