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Travel Clinic – (Practice Nurse Only)

When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel appointment, (at least 8 weeks) with the Practice. Travel health is a very complex area and we will not offer travel advice over the telephone.

Please note you cannot book a Travel Appointment with the Doctor.

If you are a last minute traveller, you must contact a private travel clinic.

Please be aware that the Travel Clinic appointments are normally fully booked up to 6 weeks or more, so we may not always be able to offer you an appointment before this time. We therefore recommend that you contact the practice, prior to completion and presentation of your travel health assessment form, to check the availability of travel clinic appointments. Please dial 0141 531 9570 and select option 2. If we are unable to offer you a suitable appointment you must contact a private travel clinic to arrange your vaccinations.

Appointments for the travel clinic cannot be booked without a completed travel health assessement form, as we need to ensure that we can provide the vaccinations you require for your travel destinations.

The practice holds a travel clinic on the first and third Tuesday of the month, these are run by the Practice Nurses (the Doctors do not offer travel  appointments). During peak times i.e. Winter, this may be reduced to one clinic per month . We encourage patients to contact us well in advance regarding their travel health needs, and no later than 8 weeks prior to travel.  Each patient must complete a travel health assessment form, which should be given to the receptionist who will then arrange your travel appointment. Please collect a travel health assessment form from the surgery or download theTravel Health Questionnaire and  print. (IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD OR PRINT THE FORM PLEASE UPLIFT THIS FORM DIRECTLY FROM THE PRACTICE).

Once you have arranged your travel appointment we will then be able to advise you with regards to vaccinations that are recommended or required for your trip.  Please be aware that the practice does not provide non-NHS vaccines or non-NHS anti-malarial prescriptions and that you may be advised to source these at a private clinic, external to the practice.

Patients with complex travel plans who will require vaccinations out with the NHS remit would be advised to contact a private travel clinic as soon as possible as some vaccines may need to be given over a 3-6 month period.

The practice can not recommend any particular clinic. Local clinics can be found in yellow pages, charges will apply at these clinics.

Patients requiring a vaccination history a £10 fee will be charged .

We recommend that patients access the following website for advice with regards to travel – fitfortravel.nhs.uk

The following vaccines are available on NHS prescription:

  • Diphtheria/tetanus/polio
  • Hep A
  • Typhoid

Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

NHS Service – We supply and administer these Vaccines under our NHS Contract Non-NHS Services – We are not contracted to and DO NOT supply or administer these services
Cholera: Confirmed cholera is rare in travellers and care to avoid contaminated foods and water is more important than vaccination. Vaccination only provides partial protection and is indicated where precautions cannot be taken e.g. refugee camps. This is now only available as an oral vaccine. Malaria Prophylaxis:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
TB screening for pre-travel:Contact the providers listed above.
Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio:For individuals who have not had the basic course of immunisation or a reinforcing dose. Combination vaccine should be administered. Yellow fever:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Hepatitis A:Recommended for persons travelling to areas of poor sanitation where the degree of exposure to infection is likely to be high. Hepatitis B:This is not an NHS service to travelers, employees for occupational purposes or students for educational purposes.
MMR/Rubella: Children aged 6-15 not previously immunised and unimmunised adults travelling to areas where the diseases are still common. Japanese encephalitis:Named patient basis, subject to pay and report. This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Smallpox: No indication for smallpox vaccination for travellers. The exception is laboratory staff or workers at identifiable risk. Meningococcal meningitis:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Typhoid: Recommended for areas where food and water is likely to be contaminated. Also available in combination with Hepatitis A vaccine. Tick borne encephalitis:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Rabies: Only available on the NHS to workers in areas of special risk of contact with infected animals e.g. vets. Rabies: Recommended for travellers to enzootic areas who may be at risk of infection, but this is not an NHS service.

Vaccination History

Information concerning your vaccination history can only be issued by the Practice Nurse or Doctor. Reception staff are not qualified to release this information to you. As your vaccination status is very important, your records require to be checked by a clinician. To obtain your vaccination history please submit this request in writing(for medico-legal purposes we are unable to accept e-mail requests) to the Practice Nurse. Please allow at least seven working days for your reply, there is a £10.00 charge for this service, please enclose your payment with your request. Cheques/postal orders should be made payable to Dr Webster and Partners.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

A Scottish home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-

“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period(than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service…. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medication over such longer periods…. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.”

Where ongoing medical attention is not necessary, the patient may be given a private prescription.

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