Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

Prior to travelling please allow as much time as possible to arrange your appointment for the Travel Clinic (preferably at least 6 weeks or more), which will be with the Practice Nurse. The Nurse will require to know which countries, and areas within countries, that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible, as a second appointment will be required with the Practice Nurse to actually receive the vaccinations.These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

How do I arrange a Travel Advice appointment?

If you wish a Travel Advice appointment please attend the Practice and request a Travel Advice Form. When completed this must be handed into the Practice reception desk, by yourself, (Posted or e-mailed forms are not accepted as your travel advice appointment is issued to you by the reception staff at the time you present your completed form).

This form must be completed as fully as possible and you must include a daytime contact telephone number so that the Practice Nurse or Doctor can contact you if they encounter any problems with your form. Travel clinics are nurse lead, please do not arrange an appointment with the Doctor in relation to travel, unless this has been specially arranged for you at the reception desk. The Nurse will advise you of any vaccinations required when you attend. Posted or e-mailed forms are not accepted.

The Travel advice appointments are only issued when we have received a completed form, once this has been received, you will be given a date by the receptionist to collect your prescription for your vaccines, and advised how to arrange to have your vaccination administered by the Nurse.

Vaccines

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.

Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Healthy Travel Leaflet

You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.

Advice on Malaria will be given.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Hepatitis immunisation

Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. However Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge and therefore you may be charged for this vaccination when requested in connection with travel abroad.

Private Travel Clinics

If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment, as advised by the reception staff, then you can attend any Private Travel Clinic (you can obtain these numbers in the Yellow Pages see link below i.e. type in “travel clinic” then “Essex”, to display a list of clinics) charges will apply at these clinics.

Vaccination History

The Practice Nurse or Doctor can only issue information concerning your vaccination history. Reception staffs are not qualified to release this information to you. As your vaccination status is very important, your records require to be checked by a clinician. To obtain your vaccination history please submit this request in writing to the Practice Nurse, Jayne Bristoe, Canvey Village Surgery , 391 Long Road. Canvey Island.SS8 OJH
Please allow at least seven to ten working days for your reply, there is a £10.00 charge for this service, please enclose your payment with your request, making your cheque or postal order payable to Canvey Village Surgery.

Please note e-mail requests are not acceptable as we require a signed request from the patient requesting this information, for our records.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

Under NHS legislation, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the United Kingdom. However, to ensure good patient care the following guidance is offered. People travelling within Europe should be advised to carry a European Health Insurance Card, known as an E111.

Medication required for a pre-existing condition should be provided in sufficient quantity to cover the journey and to allow the patient to obtain medical attention abroad. If the patient is returning within the timescale of their usual prescription, then this should be issued (the maximum duration of a prescription is recommended by the Care Trust to be two months, although it is recognised that prescription quantities are sometimes greater than this). Patients are entitled to carry prescribed medicines, even if originally classed as controlled drugs, for example, morphine sulphate tablets.

For longer visits abroad, the patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication (this may need to be paid for by the patient).

General practitioners are not responsible for prescriptions of items required for conditions which may arise while travelling, for example travel sickness or diarrhoea. Patients should be advised to purchase these items from community pharmacies prior to travel.

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