If you are travelling abroad and think you may require travel vaccinations or have any queries relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. Unforunately, due to time contraints, our Nurses are unable to provide travel advice via telephone.
It is important to contact the Practice as far in advance of your travel as possible, at least 6 weeks in advance, as the vaccines have to be ordered and given time to work. Should your trip be in less than 2 weeks time the Nurses will not be able to see you and will direct you to another Service.
When you contact the Practice you will be asked to collect a travel questionnaire. You can come into the practice and get one in advance, you can download it below or you can collect on the day of your appointment. Please complete one for each person travelling with details of your travel plans.
Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse and bring your completed questionnaire to the appointment. If you are completing on the day please arrive around 10 minutes early in order to allow time to complete the form.
Many travel vaccinations are covered by the NHS but a number are not and as such we have a system of charging for these private vaccinations. We do not provide all vaccinations at the Practice so you may be advised to attend another Service. If you do not require any vaccinations the Nurse will still provide you with travel advice.
When you attend your appointment the Nurse will administer any NHS or private vaccines. If you receive private vaccines, you will be given your invoice and should pay this at Reception.
Travel questionnaire Download the travel questionnaire form here
Information on whether travel vaccinations or malaria tablets are required for holiday abroad can be found on the following NHS website:
Alternatively you can contact one of the local Travel Clinics:
OMNICARE - 509 QUEENSFERRY ROAD, EDINBURGH - 0131 336 2861
EDINBURGH TRAVEL CLINIC - 5 QUALITY STREET, EDINBURGH - 0330 100 4200
SUPERDRUG - 83 PRINCES STREET, EDINBURGH - 0131 220 2783
WESTERN GENERAL HOSPITAL TRAVEL CLINIC - LEAVE A MESSAGE AND RECEIVE A CALL BACK THE NEXT DAY FOR ADVICE - 0131 537 2882
BARNTON PHARMACY - 195 WHITEHOUSE ROAD, EDINBURGH - 0131 339 3449
BOOTS - PRINCES STREET, EDINBURGH - 0131 225 8331, OPTION 3. THEY ALSO HAVE AN ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM WITH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10.30 - 16.00 - WWW.BOOTS.COM/TRAVELHEALTHSERVICE
Some costs are provided below.
Certain vaccinations are available on the NHS for overseas travel, and there is no charge:
All other vaccinations are not covered by the NHS and there is a charge of £30.00 per vaccinaction. Please note this only includes the charge of administration of the vaccine, there is still a charge payable to the chemist to obtain the medication:
Meningitis including A,C,W and Y
Tick borne encephalitis
If Rabies or Yellow Fever vaccinations are required the Nurse will discuss this with you when she phones you to arrange an appointment.
The cost of a private prescription for malaria tablets or for any other medication solely for travel abroad is £15.00. Again, there will be a separate charge payable to the chemist which is dependent on the type of medication and duration required.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below