Travel Clinic

The responsibility for all aspects of preparation for travel abroad must remain with the individual. We offer travel advice and the necessary injections in our travel clinics run by our practice nurses, but it is not a free service, and some vaccinations must be paid for.

Initially you will need to carry out a risk assessment with one of the nurses to discuss your travel plans, proposed itinerary and discuss any vaccinations needed. This may also include whether or not malaria prevention tablets are also necessary. Immunisations can take weeks to become effective so in order to ensure enough time for this it is advisable to contact the practice well in advance of your planned departure, at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel. For those with a complicated itinerary or who are intending to go ‘back-packing’ we would recommend contacting us several months in advance if possible.

You can email us to request an online travel questionnaire, so no need to call, please send your name, D.O.B and contact number via email to:hiowicb-hsi.smgtravel@nhs.netand one of the team will respond to you.

The questionnaire will be sent via a link to the mobile phone we have on your medical record, do let us know if this number has recently changed.

Once you have completed the questionnaire a nurse will subsequently advise you via telephone call, text SMS message or via email in response to this, they will then advise what vaccines are recommended for your trip and any charges if applicable, and the amount of time that you are likely to need for your travel appointment at the surgery, if necessary. Further appointments may need to be made after this in order to provide further vaccinations.

(Please note, when using the email service please check your Junk Mail inbox too, it has been reported that occasionally our responses have been archived into Junk Mail).

If you do not have access to utilise an online form, please visit one of our reception desks to collect a paper copy and follow the instructions on the form, please note supplying your information via this method may extended your wait time in us getting back to you.

Advice on all aspects of travel care, malaria and general health advice can be found in our ‘Travel Health Advice Leaflet’ below (Adobe/Acrobat Reader required to view this document).  Alternatively, you may collect a leaflet from reception if you wish.

Travel Advice Leaflet

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. The nurse will advise you of the full cost to be paid.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:

 Europe & Russia North America
Central America South America
Caribbean Africa
Middle East Central Asia
East Asia Australasia and Pacific