We offer a one-stop Travel Clinic here at Westwood Surgery.
To avoid unnecessary hassle and multiple appointments, we have devised 2 simple stages as follows for patients requiring travel vaccinations:
Complete Travel Questionnaire
Vaccinations are an important part of preparing to go travelling. In order to make sure you are appropriately covered in time, please complete our online travel form.
Please Note: The practice can provide the combined Hepatitis A&B vaccine for travel purposes.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 2 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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 surgery will not be able to provide Rabies vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine and Malaria Treatments. They can be obtained from Travel clinics.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
Please allow 7-10 working days before booking your appointment.
Please be aware that there may be a charge for the vaccinations - to check, please contact the surgery before your appointment.
Do plan ahead - don't leave your vaccinations until the last minute. Please allow at least two weeks before you travel.
Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad
Fitfortravel is a free public access website providing up to date health information for the UK public on avoiding illness and staying healthy when travelling abroad.
Travelling in Europe
Your rights & EU rules
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
As an EU national, you enjoy the right of free movement. This means you’re entitled to travel, work and live in another EU country. If you’re a citizen of a Schengen country – which is most EU countries – you’re also free to travel to other Schengen countries without the need for border checks.
As an EU national, you can also benefit from EU-wide passenger rights for travel into, out of or within the EU by air, rail, bus/coach or ship. You can travel with pets and other animals in the EU provided you comply with the rules (pet passports). There are EU limits on taking alcohol, tobacco or cash with you to another EU country. Each EU country can set its own limits or restrictions, so check before you go.
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