Travel insurance letters
Many practices are receiving requests from insurers and travel companies for GP letters in order for people to cancel holidays due to Covid-19. Information from the Royal College of GPs, states:"Insurers and travel companies should be basing their decisions to offer refunds on advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Public Health England, not letters from GPs. It is not a good use of GPs' time to be writing letters for patients who are not ill but have plans to travel - and GPs will always base their decisions on official advice."The Government has recently also made statements regarding self-isolation and this too is a matter between insurance and travel companies and the individuals concerned.
There is currently a global shortage of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccine. Until this situation is resolved we are unable to offer these vaccinations
Travel Clinics are run by: Sister Lynn Paice
Many countries that we visit for work or leisure have very different health problems than we are used to in England. Some countries require certain vaccinations before they permit entrance. For many more vaccination is recommended.
If you are planning to travel, and would like some advice or an appointment please fill in an eConsult ---> here
Do this in plenty of time (ideally 2-3 months) before your departure, because some vaccines take weeks to work, some need several doses, spread over weeks, and not all can be given at the same time.
The practice has access to the very latest advice on epidemics, malarial resistance and travel requirements, but we do need to know exactly where and when you are travelling.
Once we have received your completed eConsult you will be contacted with a travel clinic appointment to plan your immunisations and anti-malarial advice if appropriate.
Appointment will last between 15-30 minutes.
Clinic Times between: Monday 3-6pm, Wednesday 11.30-1pm (subject to change)
Not all diseases have vaccines. Simple precautions can prevent you bringing home an unwanted souvenir. Our nurse will be able to advise you.
It would help us greatly if you had some awareness of the travel health problems that you may be of risk from on your trip before you come for your appointment. The following website addresses may be of interest.
www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk Scottish NHS Public Travel Site
www.dh.gov.uk Department of Health
www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo Foreign and Commonwealth Office
www.malariahotspots.co.uk Malaria for the General Public
Many activities within the travel clinic are not funded by the NHS so you may be charged for immunisations and prescriptions. There are other private clinics offering a similar service, but we try to provide a competitive price.
Although we offer a free travel clinic unfortunately some vaccinations incur a charge. Payment will be required on the day of consultation. You will be advised of the cost prior to your appointment.
Immunisation charges (reviewed January 2019)
Hepatitis B per dose (three doses generally required - or single dose for booster)
Rabies per dose (three doses generally required)
Japanese Encephalitis per dose (two doses generally required)
Private Prescription for Anti Malarial drugs
(You will also need to pay for the anti-malarial drugs at the pharmacy)
Payment needs to be made at Reception either by card, cash or cheque (to Wilson Practice) prior to or on the day of appointment.
Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the links below: