If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, we advise patients to first visit the following websites as a guide to their own health risk.
Please Note: Not all vaccines are available at the surgery only polio (given as a combined diphtheria, tetanus and polio injection), typhoid and Hepatitis A. All other vaccines should be paid for and arranged by booking with a private health clinic.
- Travel Risk Assessment:
If you're planning a trip abroad please complete our Travel Risk Assessment form with details of your proposed journey, when complete hand it in or post to reception.
- Travel Appointment:
Once you have submitted your form, please wait at least 7 days, then contact the surgery to arrange an appointment with the nurses.
- Allow Plenty of Time:
Patients are advised to allow plenty of time for vaccinations (at least two or three months) especially if traveling to an out of the way place where they'll be living or working among local people. In order for the nurses to assess which of the NHS vaccinations you require we will need you to complete a Travel Risk Assessment (link above). Please wait at least 7 days before contacting the surgery to book an appointment. If you require further travel advice we advise you to access this through a private travel vaccination clinic. The nurses will be able to provide a link for general advice about things like protecting yourself from Malaria and general advice. They will not be able to advise about additional vaccination requirements, this would have to be sought through a private travel clinic. Ideally vaccines should be given 14 days before travel.
If you require a prescription for vaccinations this will be ready to collect 2 working days following your appointment.
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 for example lmodium
- High factor sunscreen
- Anti material tablets, Water purification tablets, Insect repellent
- Condoms and other contraceptives
- Sunhats for yourself and children
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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.
Our Health Organisations Travel section has lots of useful links to help you.