Important Information - Introduction of Service Charge
From 1st January 2016, we will be introducing a small service charge for provision of our Travel Services. This has become necessary in order to cover the increasing costs of offering a Travel Service that is not, in fact, part of the current NHS General Practice contract. With increasing amounts and complexity of international travel, comes a corresponding increase in the amounts of administration, training, consultation time, and professional fees, such as medical indemnity insurance, that are not being funded by the NHS.
From 1st January 2016, the following charges will therefore apply to any patients requesting Travel Services:
Adults: £20 per person, per trip
Children £10 per child (under the age of 16), per trip
The service charges will cover the following:
- A full Travel Health Assessment, as detailed on your Pre-Travel Questionnaire, by one of our qualified nurses.
- Explanation and discussion of your options with regard to preventative vaccinations and medications, together with written advice about how to keep yourself safe while travelling.
- Provision of routine (see below for non-routine vaccines) travel vaccinations such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid etc, and a self-held immunisations record so that you can keep track of your own vaccination status.
- Provision of any private prescriptions that you might require in order to obtain malaria prophylaxis, or other necessary oral travel medications (e.g. altitude sickness or travellers' diarrhoea tablets), from any pharmacy.
If you are travelling to an area where you will require any of the vaccinations listed below, these will require payment in addition to the standard service charges listed above.
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningitis ACWY
- Tick-Borne Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
This simply reflects the cost to the Practice of purchasing these vaccines on your behalf, and includes the nursing time required to administer them to you. If, for example, you are planning a trip that requires a prescription for malaria prevention, routine travel vaccines, plus Yellow Fever, the full cost to one adult for this service would be £20 + £55 (YF Vaccine) = £75.
Please click on the Travel Vaccines tab above to see our full pricelist.
How to Access our Travel Services
If you require any services relating to foreign travel, you will need to have an appointment with our Travel Nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. She will need to know which countries, and areas within those countries, that you are visiting, in order to determine which vaccinations are required. Before organising a Travel Service appointment, you must complete and return our Pre-Travel Questionnaire, which is available from Reception, or download a copy by clicking on the link below.
If you did not spend your childhood in the UK, we will have no NHS records of your previous immunisations, unless you have previously supplied them. It is therefore ESSENTIAL that you make all possible efforts to obtain a translated record of your childhood vaccinations, and include this with your Travel Questionnaire.
Please complete a separate Questionnaire for each person travelling, including any children.
Once your Pre-Travel Questionnaire has been returned and assessed by the Nurse, one of our receptionists will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment time, tailored to the exact requirements of your travel plans. Please allow at least 6 weeks before your date of travel and your first appointment, as any vaccinations that you require will take time to become effective, and we may need to order in some of the less-frequently-used vaccines. This may mean that you require a series of appointments in order to receive all the injections that you need. If you require malaria prevention (prophylaxis), the Nurse will advise you about this during your first appointment.
If your travel plans are especially complex and lengthy, if you have very complicated medical problems, or if your date of travel is between 3 and 6 weeks away, you may be directed to the Specialist Travel Clinic at the Western General Hospital, so please bear this in mind when planning your trip. If this is necessary, we will of course refund our £20 service charge in full.
If you are planning to travel in less than 3 weeks to anywhere outside of Europe, Australia or the USA, it is too late to use our service, so please make an urgent appointment with a Specialist Travel Clinic, such as that at the Western General Hospital.
Avoiding Mosquito Bites
Remember - many diseases are spread by mosquitoes. Download our leaflet to learn more about how to avoid being bitten.
Mosquito Bite Avoidance
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below.