Travel Health & Immunisations

We are pleased to offer our registered patients a travel health service. Our nurse uses up-to-date information to advise you on your health needs related to destinations around the world. They can administer most vaccinations and provide prescriptions for treatments where needed.

Many people are taking long-haul holidays requiring complicated courses of vaccines. Children also need to he vaccinated for travel abroad. Most travel vaccinations are free. To assist you in these requirements please see additional travel health information below.


Booking your Appointment with the Nurse

  • Travel Risk Assessment:
    If you are planning a trip abroad please complete download a copy of our Travel Risk Assessment form (one appointment per traveler) with details of your proposed journey, when complete hand it in or post to reception.
  • Travel Appointment:
    Once you have submitted your form, please book a travel clinic appointment with the nurse.
  • Allow Plenty of Time:
    Patients are advised to allow plenty of time for vaccinations (at least six weeks) especially if traveling to an out-of-the-way place where they'll be living or working among local people. Some courses of vaccine such as rabies or Hepatitis B need to be given over several weeks.

Six Weeks Notice - Why?

Please make a telephone appointment with our Practice Nurses for travel vaccine advice. We require SIX weeks notice for all travel vaccines for the following reasons:

  • Lead time required to place orders for travel vaccines
  • Multiple injections maybe required to complete the course
  • Specialist advice maybe required to ensure we are giving you the best care

If you require travel vaccines with less than six weeks’ notice you may need to contact a private travel clinic. Please note that for some countries proof of yellow fever vaccines may be legally required. The yellow fever vaccine needs to be administered at least 10 days prior to travel.

Prescriptions

If you require a prescription for vaccinations this will be ready to collect 2 working days following your appointment.

Holiday Health

It is always a wise precaution to pack some essential items in case of illness on holiday. Do choose medicines according to your needs and the country you are intending to visit. lf you take prescription medicines regularly remember to pack them too.

You may want to consider packing the following:

  • Paracetamol Travel Sickness tablets Plasters and a small crepe bandage
  • Rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte, Anti-diarrhoeal e.g. lmodium
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Anti-material tablets, Water purification tablets, Insect repellent
  • Condoms / other contraceptives
  • Sunhats for yourself and children

Travel Health Pro

We recommend you access travelhealthpro.org.uk for advice on the vaccines you are likely to need for your holiday. TravelHealthPro is the website comprising the travel health resources of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Mosquito Bite Avoidance for Travellers

In many tropical countries, mosquitoes can spread diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, Malaria, Yellow Fever and Zika. Here are five simple rules you should follow to reduce your risk of infections spread by mosquitoes.

Download this Information Leaflet for further Information.

Please note we do not need six weeks notice for malaria tablets however remember to order malaria tablets in good time via a telephone consultation with a clinician.

Remember malaria is regularly fatal to Londoners returning from high risk areas of the world. Don't gamble - get advice.

Information about Countries & Vaccinations Required

 

Further information about countries and vaccinations
required can be found on the Fit for Travel website.

Travelling in Europe

Travelling in Europe is the European Union’s official website for people travelling in the 27 countries of the EU. Whether you are on holiday or on business, you will find practical advice and helpful tips on a wealth of subjects, from what documents you need, to getting healthcare and using your mobile phone.

Travel Vaccination Charges

We offer the travel health service free of charge, but unfortunately the NHS does not cover the cost of all the treatments you may need. Therefore, for some services you may need to pay.

Malaria Tablets are NOT provided on the NHS and sometimes can be bought over-the-counter or may require a private prescription. The nurse can advise regarding this or you could discuss with your pharmacist. REMEMBER some tablets have to be started at least one week before you travel and you need continue to take them when you return to the UK for the advised length of time.

A list of these charges is held at reception.