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Travel Clinic

If you think you may require vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you must complete our travel questionnaire and hand it in to the practice at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date.

If you are within 8 weeks of travelling, we regret that we cannot process your request within this timescale and we will re-direct you to the local travel clinic ( see contact details at the bottom of this page).

A form must be completed for each individual travelling, regardless of age, e.g. if it is a family of 4 travelling then 4 forms must be completed.

Travel Questionnaire

It is important to complete this form as early as possible – at least 8 weeks before you travel- as a telephone appointment will then be required with the practice nurse to discuss your requirements. Please note, due to vaccine supply issues, the practice will supply the prescriptions but it is up to the patient to source the vaccine prior to making a final appointment with nurse to have the vaccines administered. This final appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Patients with complex travel plans who will require vaccinations out with the NHS remit would be advised to contact a private travel clinic as soon as possible as some vaccines may need to be given over a 3-6 month period.

We recommend that patients access the following website for advice with regards to travel – fitfortravel.nhs.uk

 

NHS Service – We supply and administer these Vaccines under our NHS Contract Non-NHS Services – We are not contracted to and DO NOT supply or administer these services
Cholera: Confirmed cholera is rare in travellers and care to avoid contaminated foods and water is more important than vaccination. Vaccination only provides partial protection and is indicated where precautions cannot be taken e.g. refugee camps. This is now only available as an oral vaccine. Malaria Prophylaxis:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
TB screening for pre-travel:Contact the providers listed above.
Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio:For individuals who have not had the basic course of immunisation or a reinforcing dose. Combination vaccine should be administered. Yellow fever:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Hepatitis A:Recommended for persons travelling to areas of poor sanitation where the degree of exposure to infection is likely to be high. Hepatitis B:This is not an NHS service to travelers, employees for occupational purposes or students for educational purposes.
MMR/Rubella: Children aged 6-15 not previously immunised and unimmunised adults travelling to areas where the diseases are still common. Japanese encephalitis:Named patient basis, subject to pay and report. This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Smallpox: No indication for smallpox vaccination for travellers. The exception is laboratory staff or workers at identifiable risk. Meningococcal meningitis:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Typhoid: Recommended for areas where food and water is likely to be contaminated. Also available in combination with Hepatitis A vaccine. Tick borne encephalitis:This is not an NHS service to travellers.
Rabies: Only available on the NHS to workers in areas of special risk of contact with infected animals e.g. vets. Rabies: Recommended for travellers to enzootic areas who may be at risk of infection, but this is not an NHS service.

Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

Vaccination History

Information concerning your vaccination history can only be issued by the Practice Nurse or Doctor. Reception staff are not qualified to release this information to you. As your vaccination status is very important, your records require to be checked by a clinician. To obtain your vaccination history please submit this request in writing(for medico-legal purposes we are unable to accept e-mail requests) to the Practice Nurse. Please allow at least seven working days for your reply, there is a £10.00 charge for this service, please enclose your payment with your request. Cheques/postal orders should be made payable to Dr McEvinney & Partners.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

A Scottish home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-

“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period(than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service…. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medication over such longer periods…. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.”

Where ongoing medical attention is not necessary, the patient may be given a private prescription.

Local Travel Clinics

Emcare Travel Clinic 45 Hope Street, Glasgow 0141 404 0075
Superdrug 117 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow 0845 026 0830
Boots www.boots.com make appt online
MASTA Travel Clinic 90 Battlefield Road or 90 Mitchell Street 0330 100 4200
Parkside Travel Clinic 1407 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow 0141 636 0054

Please note, other travel clinics may also be available.

 

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