The responsibility for all aspects of preparation for travel abroad must remain with the individual. We offer travel advice and the necessary injections in our travel clinics run by our practice nurses, but it is not a free service and some vaccinations must be paid for.
Initially you will need to carry out a risk assessment with one of the nurses to discuss your travel plans, proposed itinerary and discuss any vaccinations needed. This may also included whether or not malaria prevention tablets are also necessary. Immunisations can take weeks to become effective so in order to ensure enough time for this it is advisable to contact the practice well in advance of your planned departure, at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel. For those with a complicated itinerary or who are intending to go ‘back-packing’ we would recommend contacting us several months in advance if possible.
In an attempt to improve efficiency and maximize number of patients that need to be seen, Swan Surgery is piloting a new travel appointment scheme. When you contact the surgery, you will now be given the option of providing your travel information via email and a nurse advising you via phone or email in response to this. You will then be advised what vaccines are recommended for your trip, and the amount of time that you are likely to need for your travel appointment. Alternatively, you will be offered a 20 minute slot as per the old system, where you can discuss your itinerary, any necessary vaccinations and malaria tablets. Further appointments may need to be made after this in order to provide further vaccinations. (Please note, when using the email service please check your Junk Mail inbox too, it has been reported that occasionally our responses have been archived into Junk Mail for no apparent reason).
It is hoped that the new system will reduce the number of unnecessary visits made to the surgery, saving your time, whilst still providing an accessible source of professional advice. Our aim is to provide a response to email queries within 2 to 4 working days.
If you would like to try our new online travel service please complete the ‘Travel Risk Questionnaire’ form below and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.A nurse will respond to you within 2 to 4 working days.
Advice on all aspects of travel care, malaria and general health advice can be found in our Travel Health Advice Leaflet below (Adobe/Acrobat Reader required to view this document). Alternatively you may collect a leaflet from reception if you wish .
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. The nurse will advise you of the full cost to be paid.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
|Europe & Russia||North America|
|Central America||South America|
|Middle East||Central Asia|
|East Asia||Australasia and Pacific|