A small number of travel vaccines are covered by the NHS and we have a limited number of appointments available for these. More complex travel needs can be met at the UCLH travel clinic or local pharmacies and is usually chargeable.
Before you travel abroad it is important to check that you are fully prepared with appropriate vaccinations, prescriptions and travel advice. Please note that it is important to plan your healthcare arrangements as far in advance as possible as some vaccinations/prescriptions need to be given a period of time before travel or may require more than one dose so please ensure you book an appointment to discuss your requirements at least six weeks before travel.
We only offer travel vaccinations that are available and provided free by the NHS.
At Gower Street Practice we offer the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio
For any other vaccines or prescriptions for travelling you would have to go to a private travel clinic.
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.
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.