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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

Prior to travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your appointment for the Travel Clinic (preferably at least 8 weeks or more), which will be with the Practice Nurse. The first appointment will be a telephone appointment. The Nurse will require to know which countries, and areas within countries, that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

It is important to make the first appointment which will be a telephone appointment as early as possible 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.

Gade Surgery is able to provide a full range of travel immunisations, however, as part of your travel plans you must allow at least eight weeks (more if you have a complicated itinerary or are travelling to exotic locations) to ensure adequate cover. A travel form must be filled in before an appointment can be made with a Nurse. You can either submit our online Travel form or download and complete the Travel Form.

The number of appointments necessary to complete a course of travel vaccinations will vary according to your itinerary, as will the cost, which will be confirmed at your appointment. If you are not up to date with your standard vaccinations these will be updated at the same time.

Please allow at least eight weeks before your travel date. We are unable to guarantee assistance with necessary travel vaccines unless submitted by then. However, if you are travelling last minute, please complete the travel form as we may still be able to offer an appointment.

Vaccines

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.

Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
Charges

Surgery Charges

  • Certification (for NHS vaccinations) – £18
  • Rabies (per dose) – £55
  • Hepatitis B (per dose) – £30
  • Meningitis (per dose) – £45
  • MMR (per dose) – £17
  • Japanese Encephalitis – £100
  • Tick Borne Encephalitis – £60
  • Private Prescription – £17

Pharmacy Charges (approx.)

Please note: it is worth exploring other providers to secure the best price, as prices will vary

Cholera (per dose) – £18

Malaria (assuming two weeks in malarial area)

  • Doxycycline – £10 (will require a prescription)
  • Malarone – £72 (will require a prescription)
  • Larium – £20 (will require a prescription)
  • Proguanil / Chloroquine – £15

A separate charge is made for each prescription written, rather than for each item of medication. If you are able to decide on your requirements at your initial consultation, this can reduce your costs.
Please note that prices are subject to change. At your first appointment, depending on your itinerary, the Nurse will point you to the relevant information you will require, most of which can be found on our website. Certain destinations will require malarial prophylaxis which means taking a drug to try and prevent catching malaria whilst in malarial areas. The Nurse will point out which drugs are suitable and details of these drugs can also be found on our website. A prescription will be required for most of these.

Travel Form

You can complete the online Travel form and send this to us (this must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to travel, and before your appointment with the Nurse).

Healthy Travel Leaflet

You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.

Advice on Malaria will be given.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Hepatitis immunisation

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 may be charged for this vaccination when requested in connection with travel abroad.

Private Travel Clinics

If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment, as advised by the reception staff, then you can attend any Private Travel Clinic (you can obtain these numbers in the Yellow Pages see link below i.e. type in “travel clinic” then “your area”, to display a list of clinics) charges will apply at these clinics.

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.

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