Travelling is one of life’s great pleasures, but it’s important to remember that there is no such thing as risk free travel.
Patients travelling abroad should take some time to consider any potential risks in the areas being visited. If you are pregnant or have some existing illness you should seek specific advice.
Vaccinations are available at the practice for many infectious diseases; immunity is never immediate or total and it can sometimes take several weeks to obtain the required level of protection. Don't risk it - make enquiries as early as possible before your planned trip.
How to plan your travel vaccinations:
Before making an appointment to see our practice nurse we ask you to use the MASTA travel well via their website www.masta-travel-health.com.
MASTA provide an excellent service and will provide you with the details of any vaccinations you may need. There is no charge.
Once you have your copy of the vaccine check from the website, make an appointment with the Practice Nurse and bring the information along to the surgery one week before your nurse appointment; we cannot see you unless we have received the printout from MASTA. Please note that the travel clinics are held on Thursday afternoons.
We do not offer a travel advisory service. If you need further advice please contact a travel clinic such as NOMAD (0117 922 6567) or a MASTA Travel clinic (0330 100 4141).
We do offer the basic vaccinations you require for your travel.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.