Travel Advice

Vaccination advice of countries may vary and it is the responsibility of the intending traveller to obtain information on the vaccination requirements of the country to be visited.

Please look at the information on the website and find out which vaccine(s) you will require.

As part of provision under the NHS the following immunisations can be given by the Practice:-

  • Hepatitis A - first and second/booster (6-12 months after first dose)
  • Typhoid – first (lasts for 3 years then needs)
  • Combined hepatitis A and typhoid – first dose (second dose is with Hepatitis A alone)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and polio given in combination Td/IPV vaccine
  • Cholera
  • Combined Hepatitis A and B – all doses

Please note Hepatitis B vaccine cannot be given as a single agent for travel.

Travel immunisations that cannot be given as an NHS service

  • Yellow Fever
  • Japanese B encephalitis
  • Tick borne encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal Meningitis (ACWY)
  • Malaria tablets (prophylaxis)

Malaria products can be purchased from a pharmacy whereas others may be prescription only. Most pharmacy’s can supply/prescribe this but there will be a charge.

Travel Vaccinations at the Practice

Once you know the provision of vaccines required for your travels/holiday, and if you are planning on attending the Practice the vaccines available on the NHS, you should complete the Practice Travel Vaccination Request Form and hand this form into the Reception at the Practice.

Please note we offer basic travel advice only. Any person going on long-term trips, backpacking holidays or to exotic locations that need further advice and non-routine vaccinations must contact a travel clinic (see below).

Travel Clinics

You are able to directly contact a Travel clinic for all aspects of travel safety, advice and immunisation. This will incur a charge.

Contact details are as follows:

Monklands Hospital (travel clinic) 01236 748748
Brownlie Centre, Glasgow 0141 211 1074
The Travel Clinic, Glasgow Airport 0141 848 4800
Emcare Travel Clinic, Glasgow 0141 404 0075
Boots Glasgow Fort 0141 773 4817

Malaria Prophylaxis

This is not provided on the NHS. Some products can be purchased from a pharmacy, whereas others may be prescription only. Most Pharmacists can supply/prescribe this but there will be charge applied. The final cost of the medicine will include a dispensing fee determined by the Pharmacist supplying the medicine.

Altitude Sickness Prophylaxis

This must not be provided on the NHS. Acetazolamide is not licensed for preventing (or treating) altitude sickness.

Taking Controlled Drugs Abroad

It is always advisable to contact the Embassy/Consulate/High Commission of the country to be visited, well in advance of travel, regarding their policy on the importation of controlled drugs. It should be noted that some other medicines; including those available to purchase over-the-counter in the UK; may be subject to additional restrictions abroad.

Prescribing Of Sunscreen

Sunscreens should only be prescribed for patients with abnormal cutaneous photosensitivity resulting from genetic disorders or photodermatoses, including vitiligo and those resulting from radiotherapy; chronic or recurrent herpes simplex labialis (as defined by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances – ACBS). Preparations with an SPF less than 30 should not normally be prescribed.

Anticipation Of The Onset Of An Ailment

Prescribing or providing drugs, medicines or appliances (including a collection of drugs, medicines or appliances in the form of a travel kit) which a patient requires to have in his possession solely in anticipation of the onset of an ailment or occurrence of an injury while he/she is outside the UK but for which he/she is not requiring treatment when the medicine is prescribed, will not be provided on the NHS.

Stopping Periods

Periods are a normal part of life. There is no medical reason why they need to be stopped to go on holiday and the Health Board have stated that the NHS should not need to bear the cost of this.

A private prescription, can be issued, in certain circumstances either by:

  1. Boots Pharmacy, offer an online period delay service. They offer medication to suitable customers who wish to postpone their menstruation in special circumstances. This is a private service and there will be a cost incurred.
  2. Making a routine appointment at the Practice. If patient is suitable for this service, a private prescription will be issued, which incurs a charge, payable to the Practice. In addition, the Pharmacy will also make a charge per tablet dispensed.
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