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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel appointment, with the Practice Nurse at least 6 weeks or more. We ask that you complete a travel form and submit this to the nurse so that vaccinations can be planned. This will require information about which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations.These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

We may advise you to attend a private travel clinic for some vaccinations. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

The practice nurses offer travel health advice and immunisations where indicated. This is by appointment only.

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

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Advice on Malaria will be given.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

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

If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment, as advised by the reception staff, then you can attend any Private Travel Clinic (you can obtain these numbers in the Yellow Pages see link below i.e. type in “travel clinic” then “your area”, to display a list of clinics) charges will apply at these clinics.

Useful Links


This is the website used by our nursing team.


Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Lonely Planet’s website


International Society of Travel Medicine


Health Advice for the Diabetic 


Fit for Travel – an NHS site written at the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health


Medical Advice Services for Travelers Abroad


UK travel health – site developed by a nurse


Centre for Disease Control – in Atlanta