When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel appointment with the Practice.
This will ensure that you are more likely to be fully vaccinated before you depart to your destination, we advise you attend to arrange your appointment at least five weeks before you travel. If you are travelling within 4 weeks please do not request vaccinations through the surgery as we will not have enough time to organise this. Instead you may have to use a private travel clinic who will be able to organise your vaccinations quicker.
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-
- Hepatitis A
Advice on Malaria will be given.
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
*Please note that if you are travelling within 2 months, we may advise you to use a private travel clinic as we need plenty of time to ensure the relevant checks can be made, any prescriptions required can be prepared timely and safely, and to enusre that there is plenty of time to plan in any necessary appointments.
* If you are travelling within 4 weeks, we will not be able to provide this service – you will need to use a private clinic.
If you require travel vaccination advice, please attend the Practice and request a Travel Advice Form or download:
When completed this can be:
- Handed into the Practice reception desk (preferred)
- Posted to the practice (this may delay the process)
- Or emailed to GG-UHB.GP43044@nhs.net
If you post or email the form, please clearly mark “TRAVEL FORM” on the envelope or in the subject of the email. Please also ensure your full name, date of birth, address, and contact telephone number are included.
When your form is received, a nurse will review your travel vaccination needs and call you to discuss this. This telephone call is usually within 7-10 days of receiving your form, so please ensure the telephone number you give is one which you can answer during the day otherwise this will cause delays. If you haven’t heard from us within a week of submitting your form, please call the surgery to check we have received your form.
Once complete, a nurse will confirm any vaccinations required and if a prescription is required. They will inform you when this will be ready and will arrange an appointmnet to have your vaccination(s) administered by the Nurse. Once any prescription is prepared, we will send this to the pharmacy and have it delivered back to the surgery on your behalf.
If you are unable to wait for or arrange a suitable travel advice appointment, as advised by surgery 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 “Glasgow”, to display a list of clinics). Charges will apply at these clinics.
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.
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.