Please note that we do not offer travel immunisation advice – we are not travel specialists. If you require travel vaccinations, you must contact NHS Inform 0800 22 44 88 for advice and to check which immunisations are required for your destination before contacting us for an appointment.
Our Practice Nurses offer basic travel immunisations at no charge, as per our NHS contract, depending on your destination and your current vaccine status. BUT, if you are going further afield, off the beaten track, or if you require anti-malaria prophylaxis or TB screening for travel, we do not provide these non-NHS services.
For non-NHS services you may wish to contact:
Vaccinations and advice on TB screening – CrosshouseHospital: 01563 577970
Vaccinations, travel advice, anti-malaria prophylaxis and advice on TB screening – The Travel Clinic Glasgow (click here): 0141 889 7656.
Anti-malaria prophylaxis – visit a Pharmacist for advice.
Please ensure that you leave enough time to seek advice and book appointments before your departure date.
Employees/Students at Risk
Immunisations and blood screening required for Occupational or Educational Purposes is the responsibility of the Employer’s or Student’s Occupational Health Department. We do not provide this non-NHS service and we advise patients to inform their Occupational Health Department that they should not be exposed to risk if they are not immunized or had their immunity confirmed or been trained in exposure to sharps/bodily fluids. If you require a certificate listing your current immunization status, we will charge for this, as per our current list of charges for non-NHS services. Ask at the desk for a patient leaflet
|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.|
Fit for Travel
If you wish further information before you travel please click the link for Fit For Travel where further information can be obtained relating to your holiday/travel destination.
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 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.
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.