Prior to travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange any holiday vaccinations – preferably at least 6 weeks or more. We will need to know which countries, and areas within countries, that you are visiting to be able to advise what vaccinations are required.
We will give you information on your previous vaccinations and what vaccinations are required for your destination. Some of these will be available on the NHS and some will have to be sourced privately via a travel clinic. We do not recommend any specific travel clinics but they can be easily found via internet search.
For any vaccines available on the NHS, these can be given in our treatment room – these should be given at least two weeks before travel.
The following vaccines are available on NHS Prescription:
- Hepatitis A
Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge.
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.