With the number of people now travelling abroad we have updated our travel clinic and vaccination guidance. When travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your travel appointment, with the Practice advising 6 weeks prior to travel.
This will ensure that you are more likely to be fully vaccinated before you depart to your destination.
To get a vaccination for travelling overseas will require a 20 minute appointment. The reception staff will advise you when you call the Practice
If your travel arrangements do not permit this to happen then please search, using the internet, for a travel clinic in or around Edinburgh.
Please bring with you any previous vaccination records you have, as well as vaccinations you have collected from the pharmacy.
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are usually 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
If you wish a Travel Advice appointment please attend the Practice and request a Travel Advice Form. When completed this must be handed into the Practice reception desk, by yourself, (Posted or e-mailed forms are not accepted as your travel advice appointment is issued to you by the reception staff at the time you present your completed form).
This form must be completed as fully as possible and you must include a daytime contact telephone number so that the Practice Nurse or Doctor can contact you if they encounter any problems with your form.
The Travel advice appointments are only issued when we have received a completed form, once this has been received, you will be given a date by the receptionist to collect your prescription for your vaccines, and advised how to arrange to have your vaccination administered by the Nurse.
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, a card payment will be taken when you attend the Practice.
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. It states:-
“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/she 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 chargeable private prescription.