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Berkeley Place Surgery

11 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6DA

Travel Advice

Travel Vaccine Services

We offer travel vaccine services at Berkeley Place Surgery. This includes both the vaccines that are available on the NHS, and those that you have to pay for privately including Yellow Fever. In order to know what vaccinations are needed we need you to complete our Travel Risk Assessment form (see below).

We will see you and organise the vaccines that are available on the NHS. If any additional travel vaccinations are required privately we will inform you at the time, and you can decide if you wish to proceed.

Please note that we are still a registered Yellow Fever Centre and can vaccinate patients for this if requested.

To help us offer you the best advice about your travel plans, please print out and complete the Travel Health Risk Assessment form below and hand it into reception as soon as possible.

Travel Risk Assessment Form

We will then contact you to confirm which vaccines you require, and either arrange an appointment for these, or to suggest you find a private provider to supply them for you.

We suggest that you hand in the form a minimum of 7 weeks before you travel, and if this isn’t the case, you may find that we don’t have time to fit all your vaccines in before you travel.

Many of the vaccines are given in a course and need at least a month between them to be effective. It takes most vaccines up to 2 weeks to fully protect you after they have been given so please allow plenty of time before you travel.

Many travel vaccines and all anti-malarial tablets are provided on a private prescription, and these incur a charge from the surgery as well as a separate charge from the Pharmacy. This is because some travel vaccinations are not included in the services provided by the NHS.

The charges for our travel service are shown in the leaflet below.

Travel Vaccination Private Fees

 

Travel and Health – why worry? 

Whether we travel abroad for holidays, to work or to visit family and friends, it is wise to consider any health risks. Increasingly adventurous trips are planned and undertaken, taking in different countries and different activities. Do not forget that returning “home” to visit family may expose you to health risks which were not apparent when you originally left your parent country. A visit to the practice nurse to help assess the risk of travel to your health can be complex, and you will be asked:

When are you departing and how long for?
Where are you going, including destinations within a country?
Are you planning on undertaking any high risk activities?
Have you taken out travel insurance and have you informed the company if you have any medical condition?
If female and of child-bearing age, is there any possibility you could be pregnant if we need to give you injections?
Do you have any medical conditions? These may interact with certain malaria tablets, if you are travelling to a country that has malaria?

An appointment with the nurse, to assess your risks and arrange vaccinations, may take at least 20 minutes (a double appointment). Modern vaccines are well tolerated and should not cause undue discomfort!

Links:

Great Travel advice resource for patients

Fit for Travel