For those travelling abroad, the destinations have become more interesting and adventurous. With this in mind, the surgery has recently reviewed the way that we see patients for travel advice. Often the advice and vaccines required have become as complex as the travel arrangements themselves and therefore we have tried to streamline our travel consultations to reflect this.
We will require patients who are travelling abroad and require a travel consultation to seek advice from the surgery at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel. You will need to obtain and complete a pre-travel questionnaire form. The form can be accessed by clicking on the link below or a hard copy can be obtained from reception. The completed form must be returned to the surgery for the Practice Nurse to review.
The nurse will discuss the travel requirements with a GP and then the patient will be informed of the decision regarding appropriate travel information and vaccinations required.
An appointment will be arranged to see the Practice Nurse at the surgery. Occasionally the advice given may be to refer the patient on to a professional travel clinic, particularly if the travel requirements are considered to be complex. We will also ask you to seek help from a professional travel clinic if you are within two weeks of your departure and the surgery does not have a suitable appointment available. The surgery will provide details of various clinics that can be attended for expert advice regarding travel requirements.
General advice to travellers is widely available from travel agents, chemists, the surgery or the Internet (eg BBC online Health).
Useful links for travel: