When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel appointment with the Practice Nurse in order that you
are more likely to be fully vaccinated before you travel. We advise you to arrange your appointment at least six weeks before you travel.
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available from the NHS:
- Hepatitis A
Advice on Malaria will be given.
Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. However Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge and therefore you will be charged for this vaccination when requested in connection with travel abroad.
If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment, as advised by the reception staff, then the Web can give give guidance.
Fit for Travel
If you wish further information before you travel please click the link for Fit For Travel where further information can be obtained relating to your holiday/travel destination.
The Practice Nurse or Doctor can only issue information concerning your vaccination history. 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. You can request details of your vaccination history as contained in your medical record, but please note it is likely there will be a charge for this service.
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.