As you will be aware, GP surgeries are working under increasing pressure and are having to prioritise the services they can provide. We have previously offered a full travel service, but as the surgery receives limited funding for this and it is very time consuming, we are sadly no longer able to continue this. The NHS has a very comprehensive website, giving the information you need to identify any vaccines advised for trips abroad, & ensure that you stay as healthy as possible. This can be found at the Fit for Travel website.
Please use the Fit For Travel website to check what you need and then call the surgery to book a nurse appointment for a travel consultation. The nurse will be able to check your previous vaccination records and provide further advice.
Please note: Beckington Family Practice no longer issues prescriptions for anti-malarial tablets.
The following vaccinations are commonly required for many holiday destinations, and are free of charge on the NHS;
Diphtheria, tetanus & polio
Other vaccinations may be necessary for more exotic or unusual destinations, complex travel itineraries, or long stay vacations. These need to be given at a high street travel clinic (eg, Nomad or STA Travel). There will be a charge for these. If you would rather have all of your vaccinations done at these clinics, they can also give the vaccines in bold (above) but they will charge for these.
We strongly advise you to check your requirements at least three months before travel, as sometimes a course of up to three vaccinations needs to be given over the course of several weeks.
TRAVEL SAFELY AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!