If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. When booking your appointment please tell the receptionist that it is for travel advice so that she can ensure you get the right length of appointment. It is also helpful if you can tell her your destination. There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this appointment as early as possible - ideally around 6 weeks before you travel. Usually you will receive your vaccines at this appointment, however you may be asked to return if the vaccines you need are not in stock. You need to receive your vaccines at least 2 weeks before you travel.
Some travel vaccines are not provided by the NHS. If this is the case you will be asked to attend a private travel clinic to receive these vaccines. You will be given details of such clinics in the area. Click on the leaflet below for information about the Travel Clinic at the Western General Hospital.
Travel Clinic WGH
More information about travel health is available on the Fit For Travel website.
If you require anti-malarial tablets you will need to see your GP or attend a private travel clinic. These medications are not available on the NHS - you will be given a private prescription that you will have to pay for.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)