Travel Advice & Vaccinations

West End Surgery offers basic travel advice and vaccination – if you are travelling to more than one destination, we recommend that you receive specialist advice from a designated Travel Clinic.

Please visit the following websites to determine which vaccines you need:

You can ask reception if you are not sure the vaccinations you may previously have had.

If you choose to attend the surgery, please make a routine appointment to see the Practice Nurse. Please complete a Travel Questionnaire, including exact travel dates and destinations; and return the form to the surgery before your appointment with our Practice Nurse. If you are travelling with children, please bring their red “Child Health Record” for review of their childhood vaccinations.

You should attend the surgery for your travel injections at least 6 weeks before departure. It is important to get vaccinated well in advance of travelling to ensure the vaccines are fully effective. Gap year travellers, or those going away for more than 2 months, may need to come for a travel advice appointment earlier than 6 weeks ahead of departure so that they can complete the courses of vaccinations in time.

Please note that the NHS only funds free Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio & Cholera vaccines.

If you require Hepatitis B vaccination, there is a charge of £20 (cash or card) per injection. A course of Hepatitis B is either 3 or 4 injections, dependent on when you are travelling.

All other Travel Vaccines, including Yellow Fever & Meningitis ACWY, will need to be obtained privately from designated Travel Clinics

If you think you require Malaria prevention tablets, please first seek advise from your Pharmacist regarding ‘over the counter’ medication. If you are advised to take either ‘Malarone’ or ‘Doxycycline’ medication, please make an appointment with your G.P. for a private prescription. Please note that each traveller will be charged £20 for the prescription and then whatever the Pharmacy charges for the tablets.

 

Private designated Travel Clinics

Touchwood Pharmacy Yeading Lane, UB5 6LN

Tel: 0208 845 9522

 

British Airways Travel Clinic, Harrow, HA1 4LF

Tel: 0208 861 1181

 

Globetrotters Travel Clinic, Hounslow, TW5 0TB

Tel: 0208 814 9644

 

Other information for travelling abroad

Apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. However, the EHIC won’t cover you for everything that travel insurance can, such as emergency travel back to the UK. Click here for more information: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx

Always get travel insurance to avoid large medical bills, delays in treatment and undue stress in the event of a medical emergency.

Protect your skin from the sun by covering up (with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses) and use factor 15 or more sunscreen.

Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent (which should contain Diethyltoluamide or DEET), covering your arms and legs and using an insecticide-treated mosquito net.

We can only give a maximum of 3 months prescription on the NHS if you are travelling abroad. You will have to make your own arrangements to get medication abroad if you require more.

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