As per the Scottish Government, from 1 April 2022 travel vaccinations will be moving away from General Practice and be delivered and managed by clinics in the community instead. Patients should refer in the first instance to: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. Those at risk can then self-refer to the NHS Lothian travel clinic at the Western General Hospital at one of the many private, charity, or NHS travel clinics in Lothian, details of which can be found here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/care-support-and-rights/nhs-services/doctors/travel-health-and-vaccinations. Additional clinics are also due to be set up across the Lothians. Advice on what vaccinations people may need when travelling to specific destinations, as well as preventative advice, is available on the fit for travel website. The fit for travel website will also detail which vaccinations incur a fee and which vaccinations are covered under the NHS. Patients can phone the travel clinic on 0131 537 2823 to make an appointment.
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