If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to have a telephone appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel requirements. This will include a discussion of which countries and areas within countries, and the order in which you are visiting them in to determine what vaccinations (if any) or advice is needed.
It is important to make this initial telephone appointment as early as possible – at least 8 weeks (preferably longer if possible). A second face to face appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. This second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccinations to work.
We may be unable to offer a face to face appointment without the initial telephone assessment.
We will direct you to appropriate private travel health clinics for assessments and vaccinations (for which they will charge) in any of the following circumstances:-
- We provide basic travel health advice/vaccinations only and your needs are more complex.
- If you are travelling at short notice and we are unable to accommodate you in time.
- On rare occasions when no appointments are available
It is important to stress that not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Occupational Health vaccinations are NOT provided on the NHS. These clinics may be able to offer occupational health vaccinations, although there will be a charge.
www.welltravelledclinics.co.uk (linked to school of tropical medicine)
www.pallmallmedical.co.uk (clinic based in Newton-le-willows)
If you a struggling to advise your employer of the situation we can provide a letter that you can show your
‘Although it is preferable for you to bring your child for vaccinations we are aware that this can sometimes be difficult therefore we have a facility for you to nominate a friend or relative to do this for you.
This is a pack which can be given to you when you attend with your baby for the six week check. It includes information and a consent form, which must be completed and handed back to staff prior to an immunisation appointment. On occasion it may still be necessary for us to contact you on the day of immunisations to discuss therefore please ensure your contact details are up to date on our system. If not you could risk a delaying your child’s vaccinations. ‘
If your child is due their very first immunisations (usually around 8 weeks) we will insist these are carried out in one of our 2 baby clinics. This is to ensure availability of a designated GP if the nurse feels it is appropriate. Although we prefer to carry out all baby immunisations within these clinics we are able to accommodate subsequent immunisations at other times. For safety reasons we are currently unable to offer these after 17:00.