Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

Due to the limited number of appointments available we may ask you to attend the Travel Clinic at either The Royal Free Hospital or University College Hospital. Our local pharmacies may also offer this service.

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.

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. Payments are by cash or personal cheque (with cheque guarantee card) only. We regret that we cannot accept payments by debit or credit card.

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

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Travel Form

You can complete the online Travel form and send this to us (this must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to travel).

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.

Hepatitis B    (course of 3 vaccines)   £90.00   (£30.00 each)

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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