Information and advice for travelling abroad
Do you need vaccinations?
Our Nurses can provide comprehensive travel health advice and arrange for appropriate immunisations. Please arrange an appointment for a travel consultation at least 6-8 weeks before departure if possible. Vaccines need time to take effect and some may require a course over several weeks.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, please complete our online travel form.
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.
Antimalarial Medication Prescribing
The Department of Health has issued guidance that medication taken to prevent malaria must not be on NHS prescriptions. There are no exceptions to this.
Antimalarial medication should be either purchased from pharmacy or, for those antimalarials which require a prescription, a travel health clinic for a private prescription.
Prescriptions to cover travel outside of the UK
We are able (where your GP feels it is safe and appropriate) to supply your usual prescribed medication for temporary periods of between one and three months for travel out of the UK.
Please inform our prescription team of your dates of travel when ordering your prescription.
If you are abroad for more than three months then medical care must be sought in your destination. NHS prescriptions will never be provided to relatives to send abroad.
Patients are responsible for ensuring that any medication taken into a country conforms to local laws. GPs are also unable to prescribe medications for conditions which may arise when travelling e.g travel sickness, diarrhoea, altitude sickness medications (acetazolamide).
Contact a travel clinic for advice and supply of appropriate medication.
Further Travel Information
The following websites will give you additional travel advice
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