In line with the vaccination transformation programme general practice will no longer be required to provide travel health services from 1st April 2022.
Patients should be asked to access information on what vaccinations are required, together with malarial and safe travel advice at Home – Fit for Travel The website allows patients to select their destination and then view the requirements for the destination before contacting the providers on the board website.
4 Travel Vaccines are available on the NHS (Typhoid, Hepatitis A, DPT and Cholera) at no direct cost to the patient. Any other vaccinations will incur a cost to the patient as at present
Fit for Travel
If you wish further information before you travel please click the link for Fit For Travel where further information can be obtained relating to your holiday/travel destination.
Please submit this request in writing or by email [email protected] Any administration task can take up to 28 days to complete.
Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions
A Scottish Home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-
“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period(than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service…. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medication over such longer periods…. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.”
Where ongoing medical attention is not necessary, the patient may be given a private prescription.