Travel Advice

It is important that patients travelling abroad are given up to date information. Information on all aspects of travel safety; including destination specific malaria advice and vaccine/immunisation requirements is available via www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that they are aware of this advice and any provision they should be making for themselves whilst planning a trip abroad.

Vaccines And Immunisations

Travel immunisations which can be issued under NHS provisions (GP10)

Travel immunisations which are NOT included in NHS provisions (private prescription only)

Travel immunisations EITHER given under NHS provision or via private prescription

  • Hepatitis A - first and second dose
  • Combined hepatitis A and B – all doses
  • Typhoid - first and subsequent doses
  • Combined hepatitis A and typhoid –first dose (second dose monovalent hepatitis A)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and polio – combined vaccine
  • Cholera
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis ACWY

The information in the table above relates solely to the provision of vaccines for the purposes of travel.

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:- The Practice cannot offer this service, if your intended date of travel, is in less than 6wks. You should contact a Travel Clinic to obtain further advice if this applies to you.

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.

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

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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