Travel Advice (Patients)
Our nurses offer advice for when you are travelling abroad. You will need collect a travel form for each member of the family travelling from the surgery and make an appointment to see the nurse. We will need at least 6 - 8 weeks notice before you travel. The nurse will go through the form with you and check your immunisation status; she will then recommend a schedule of vaccinations if necessary. (Vaccines have to be ordered in as they are not a stock item).
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge or incur a charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS; you will be advised at your appointment of these costs.
NHSE will not permit travel immunisations to be given via the NHS (free) if the patient is travelling within 2 weeks of completing the course; as the immunisation will not have had sufficient time to take effect (seroconvert) and therefore NHS resources will have been wasted.
Patients are required to commence courses of treatment no later than 8 weeks before travel. Patients requesting travel immunisation protection after this time are not entitled to the service under the NHS travel clinic program, and therefore a nurse travel clinic appointment will not be offered at the surgery.
These patients can approach private travel clinics that may offer immunisation and travel guidance. Local services are:
McParland Pharmacy 01494 762206
Dr Now (Beaconsfield) 0330 100 4119
We highly recommend that you find out more about the region you are travelling to, in particular read carefully what the links below recommend about:
WATER; FOOD; INSECT BITES; ANIMAL BITES; TRAVELLERS DIARRHOEA; HEPATITIS B & HIV INFECTION; INSURANCE; AIR TRAVEL; SUN AND HEAT;
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.