Travel Vaccinations

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have set up a new travel health service. Basic travel immunisations will be given at a outpatient clinic at one of the local hospitals. The surgery no longer administers or provides information on travel vaccines.

The vaccines provided via NHS Scotland are:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus (combined vaccination)
  • Cholera

To access this service you should go to the Fit for Travel website

This will provide you with the information you need and will ask you to contact NHS A&A Travel Health Service at [email protected] with your requirements.

The travel service will send you the relevant forms to complete and return.

For patients who do not have internet access, we are waiting for the Health Board to give us a number patients can call – as soon as we have this, we will post it here.

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:

  • Ogg’s Pharmacy Travel Clinic (Ayr) – 01292 262366
  • Travel Clinic, Glasgow Airport: 0141 848 4800
  • Anti-malaria prophylaxis – visit a Pharmacist for advice
  • Vaccinations, travel advice, anti-malaria prophylaxis and advice on TB screening – The Travel Clinic Glasgow: 0141 889 7656.
  • Vaccinations and advice on TB screening – Crosshouse Hospital: 01563 577970

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.  

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.

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.


Masta offer travel health consultations, vaccinations (including yellow fever at MASTA nurse lead clinics and selected community pharmacies), anti-malarials 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.

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