Looking forward to your Holiday?

Don’t forget to leave plenty of time for your travel vaccinations!

It can take 4-6 weeks to complete a full course of vaccinations.

The surgery provides a comprehensive travel service. Patients are advised to make an appointment at least 6 weeks before travelling. Depending on the destination the first appointment will be a consultation only, you may not receive any vaccinations. Please be prepared to pay in advance for any vaccines that have to be ordered for you.

Some vaccinations are free on the NHS to registered patients but other vaccinations are charged: the more common ones of these are paid for when given. The less common vaccinations are paid for in advance and then ordered specifically for you. Patients not registered with the practice (including university students returning home for the holidays) will be required to pay for all vaccinations.

Advice is available for malarial prophylaxis. Antimalarials may be purchased from the dispensary, these are not available on the NHS.

All patients (each member of a family separately) need to complete a travel form which must be completed in advance of the appointment. Delay in receiving your travel form may result in an extra appointment being required. Please make an appointment as soon as your form has been submitted.

We would like to apologize to all our patients for the unacceptably slow service from the dispensary. We are aware that we have been unable to fulfil the turnaround times for repeat prescriptions that we had promised, and we are also aware that many patients have had to queue for long periods of time to collect their medication.

We have been facing unprecedented demand at a time when we are looking to recruit a new dispensary manager and when we have had high levels of staff sick leave.

Please be assured that we are taking active steps to improve the dispensary and we hope to be able to provide a better service in the New Year.