Travelling Abroad

Updated on 31st January 2020 at 1:15 pm

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If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, your travel health needs will depend on your individual situation, including:

  • your destination
  • how long you’ll stay
  • what you’ll be doing
  • your general health

Ideally consult with your travel healthcare practitioner 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. If your trip is sooner, contact them anyway, they may still be able to help and its never too late to seek advice.

Many of the health problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other measures need to be taken. These include food and water safety, accident prevention, care with sun exposure, avoiding insect bites and animal bites, and practicing good respiratory hygiene.

If you will be travelling with medication (including over the counter medication) you should check for any restrictions on medications before you travel, you can do this by contacting the embassy of the country you’re visiting.

Ensure you have travel insurance and are fully covered for medical emergencies including repatriation. For Travel Safety Advice you should visit the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

A worldwide list of travel clinics, run by members of the International Society of Travel Medicine is available on their website

If you are unwell on return from travel, seek medical attention and let your healthcare practitioner know where you have been.

In advance of booking a travel assessment appointment we encourage patients to visit ‘Fitfortravel’ first, which is a free, interactive, public access website providing up to date health information for the UK public on avoiding illness and staying healthy when travelling abroad.

  • Country specific information on health risks, vaccine requirements and malaria risk are listed to enable the public to determine if they need to take additional measures to maintain health during travel.
  • Where vaccinations, antimalarial tablets or additional measures are required, travellers should attend a pre-travel risk assessment to discuss travel-associated risk management with their GP, practice nurse or other healthcare practitioner.
  • Fitfortravel also provides a range of general travel health and disease prevention advice pages to enable the public to maintain health.
  • Fitfortravel is continually updated with relevant travel health news and information regarding outbreaks of disease. Outbreaks are posted on the basis of relevance for the UK travelling public and are not exhaustive in terms of all outbreaks that occur across the world.

Travel Assessment Appointments

Following visiting ‘Fitfortravel’, if you feel you need a vaccination or you are unsure you can arrange an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements.

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please print and complete the Travel Vaccination Form and bring along to your travel appointment.

Occupational Health

Swarland Avenue Surgery does not provide vaccinations for the purposes of Occupational Health.  Patients that require such vaccinations need to be directed to other private clinics unless the need of the vaccination is considered as Lifestyle risk or medical conditions (or ‘patients at risk’) – see bma guidance.

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/service-provision/hepatitis-b-immunisations

Private Patients (not registered a the surgery)

Swarland Avenue Surgery do not routinely provide vaccinations to private patients and if a clinician deems required we will charge for vaccinations in line with a reputable provider.

Charges for Registered Patients

Effective from 31st January 2020

Vaccinations Price per dose No. doses required Full Course Price
Cholera (oral, price for full course) Prescription Prescription
Combined Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio Free 1 Free
Hepatitis A Free 1* Free
Hepatitis B Free 3* Free
Hepatitis B (paediatric) Free 3* Free
Combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid Free 1 Free
Combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Free 1* Free
Combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (paediatric) Free 1* Free
Typhoid (injection or oral) Free 1 Free
MMR Free Free
ACWY Free 1 Free
Certificates £10.00
Vaccination Record Book Free
We do not provide the following vaccinations for Travel:-

Rabies

Tick-borne Encephalitis

Tick-borne Encephalitis (paediatric)

Japanese Encephalitis

Yellow Fever

These vaccinations can be obtained privately at a travel clinic (list available from reception)

Vaccinations Charging Policy

(Update will be managed in line with national policy)

Aim

To create clarity regarding vaccinations administered by the surgery in relation to: –

  • Registered Patients
  • Occupational Health
  • Lifestyle risk or medical conditions
  • Private Patients
  1. Registered Patients

We are following the BMA guidance for travel vaccinations.

The guidance highlights two travel immunisations which we are not contracted to provide:-

  • Hepatitis B (single agent) any dose
  • Meningitis ACWY

Given the BMA interpretation of the contract the surgery has three choices: –

  • Not to provide the vaccinations at all (patients to be referred to travel clinics)
  • Provide the vaccinations as private service and charge the patient (for both the work and the cost of the vaccination)
  • Provide the vaccinations as an NHS service (not remunerated for the work via the contract but we can claim back the cost of the vaccination via the FP34)

On review of the guidance for practices a partner decision was made on the 11th September 2014 based on risks, cost and equality is to provide the vaccinations as an NHS service.  This has been reviewed on the 31st January 2020 and our policy is still in line with national guidance.

When administering a vaccination, no charge will be made to the patient, an NHS script will be printed and the cost of the medication will be claimed through the FP34 claim.

http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/gp-practices/focus-travel-immunisation

Private Patients

Non registered patients where clinically approved may use our travel clinic service and will be subject to charging levies.

Private patients must make payment before entering the consultation. The patient will be given a receipt.  The payment will then be banked by the practice secretary.

When administering a vaccination a Private script will be printed and held with the record of payment. As a private script has been provided there will be no claim via the FP34 claim as the patient will have already met the cost of the work and vaccination via their payment.

Approved by: – Dr C Mears        Dr N Iqbal         Dr H Dahl