How The Travel Immunisation Service Works Here At Almond Road
Thank you for your enquiry regarding travel vaccinations.
The surgery does not run an actual travel clinic and our nurses are not able to give current travel advice, so we are unable to advise you on the correct vaccinations that you need for which ever destination/s you are travelling to.
Certain vaccinations are available on the NHS and can be provided by Almond Road Surgery. ALL other vaccines need to be obtained from a Travel Clinic and a fee will apply. In order to access this service, patients need to follow the instructions below.
- Almond Road Surgery is not a travel clinic – therefore patients firstly need to attend a local pharmacy that runs a travel clinic - Boots, Lloyds and Loves Farm pharmacies run travel clinics, and some of these can be booked online
- Obtain in writing – the Travel Clinics advice on which vaccines you need for the destination/s you are travelling to.
- Once you have obtained this in writing – bring this into the surgery and hand to reception – we will then raise a prescription/s for you for the necessary vaccinations - Almond Road Surgery does not stock any Travel Vaccines on site.
- Take the prescriptions to a pharmacy - which will dispense them for you. There will of course be the usual NHS prescription fee to pay for each item
- THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT – VACCINES MUST MAINTAIN THE COLD CHAIN – this means they can only be out of a pharmacy fridge for NO MORE than 30 minutes – therefore - Once you have obtained the vaccines from the pharmacy, bring them IMMEDIATELY to the surgery, otherwise if the cold chain is NOT maintained the vaccine will NOT be effective.
- Hand the Vaccine/s to Reception – at this time the receptionist will book you an appointment to have your travel vaccine & place the vaccines, labelled with your name, in one of our pharmacy fridges (VACCINES MUST NOT BE STORED IN HOUSEHOLD FRIDGES)
- Appointments are not booked before you bring the vaccine/s to the practice – Unfortunately there is always fluctuating availability of some of the Travel Vaccines & they are not always available. This is why we do not book any appointments until the vaccine is actually here at the surgery.
- Before your appointment the nurse will verify your vaccination history to ensure you have received all your appropriate vaccines, e.g. Tetanus.
- PLEASE NOTE – we have a limited availability of Travel Vaccine Appointments so please plan well in advance and give at least 6-8 week’s notice priory to travelling.Please bear in mind that if Hep A is required it is a course of vaccines and you will need to allow the necessary time prior to travelling for the whole course to be completed.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.