Many common illnesses are preventable and you should obtain information about staying healthy abroad by visiting one of the websites below. It is also worth contacting the Foreign Office (see Useful Resources below) to check whether there are any advisory travel restrictions regarding the countries you are visiting.
If you are going abroad, you should be immunised against local diseases (this is compulsory in some cases). Some vaccinations require a course of 3 injections over a period of time, therefore you should allow at least two months before you are due to travel, to complete any course of injections. Some, but not all, vaccinations may be able to be carried out more quickly if absolutely necessary (e.g. for a late holiday booking).
Before being given an appointment for travel vaccinations you will need to complete a short questionnaire about your current health, medical history, and travel destination/s and itinerary. One of our Nurses will check what vaccinations are recommended and will telephone you to book an appointment and advise you of any fee. PLEASE NOTE: When phoning you, your phone may flag up that the call is coming from a ‘withheld number’. Please do not ignore this as you may miss your appointment.
The practice has access to up to date vaccination advice for travellers, and by giving us this essential information in advance of your appointment, the nurse can plan the correct immunisations. It is helpful if you give us as much information as possible and if it is a complicated itinerary, to list the places to be visited in chronological order.
Some travel vaccinations are available free of charge for NHS patients. A charge is made for other travel vaccinations as these are not part of NHS services. You will be asked to pay for the cost of the vaccine when you arrive for your appointment. Once payment is received, you will be given a receipt. A record of the vaccinations you have received will be given once the full course of vaccinations is completed.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
EHIC ( European Health Insurance Card)
Travellers to countries within the European union (EU) should obtain a EHIC prior to travel to reduce medical costs incurred in a EU country. These are available free on-line from the Department of Health website. These continue to be valid for 2020
Fitness to fly / travel
If you are uncertain whether you are fit to fly, please make an appointment with one of the doctors. There will be a charge if a certificate or report needs to be issued and/or an examination carried out. Please check with your travel provider/insurer for what is required.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.