Our Practice Nurses offer basic travel immunisations at no charge, as per our NHS contract, depending on your destination and your current vaccine status. More specialist advice and any other vaccines can only be offered at a private travel clinic.
Please ensure that you contact us SIX weeks before departure. You will need to meet with the Practice Nurse in the first instance to discuss your travel arrangements. A prescription for any of the necessary vaccinations provided free by the NHS will be issued at this point. Once you have obtained your medication from the pharmacy, you should book another appointment to see one of our Practice Nurses so that the vaccination(s) can be administered. Please remember that you must bring the vaccinations detailed on the prescription with you to your Practice Nurse appointment.
If you are going further afield or off the beaten track, or if you require anti-malaria prophylaxis or TB screening for travel, we do not provide these non-NHS services.
For non-NHS services you may wish to contact:
- Vaccinations and advice on TB screening – Crosshouse Hospital: 01563 577970
- Vaccinations, travel advice, anti-malaria prophylaxis and advice on TB screening – The Travel Clinic Glasgow: 0141 889 7656.
- Travel Clinic, Glasgow Airport: 0141 848 4800
- Anti-malaria prophylaxis – visit a Pharmacist for advice.
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
Employees and Students at Risk
Immunisations and blood screening required for Occupational or Educational Purposes is the responsibility of the Employer’s or Student’s Occupational Health Department. We do not provide this non-NHS service and we advise patients to inform their Occupational Health Department that they should not be exposed to risk if they are not immunised or had their immunity confirmed or been trained in exposure to sharps/bodily fluids.
You can also complete the online Travel form and send this to us (this must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to travel – forms submitted before this period will not be accepted)
Healthy Travel Leaflet
You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.
Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.
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 a MASTA clinic or any other Private Travel Clinic. Please be aware that charges will apply.
Masta offer travel health consultations, vaccinations (including yellow fever at MASTA nurse lead clinics and selected community pharmacies), antimalarials and travel related retail items. MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad), was established over 30 years ago and we now operate one of the largest network of private travel clinics in the UK.
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.