SCAM NOTIFICATION

We have been informed of a scam telephone call offering pendant alarm support to elderly people for £1.50 per day and asking for their bank details. They claim to have access to medical records and were nominated by their GP surgery due to their age and health condition. Instances have been reported in our area,

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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

For travel vaccines you will need complete a questionnaire. Please contact the surgery on 01279 603 180 to request this questionnaire, you can only complete this questionnaire if you have given us, at least, 8 weeks notice prior to travelling.

If you are travelling within 8 weeks we can not accommodate this request and you will need to seek alternative arrangements, as we will not have time to order in the vaccines that might be required.

You can try:

  • private travel vaccination clinic
  • pharmacy offering travel healthcare services

The Practice Nurse will need to know which countries, and areas within countries, that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

The Practice Nurse will review your questionnaire and make arrangements for an appointment if required.

Vaccines

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.

Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Healthy Travel Leaflet

You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.

Advice on Malaria will be given.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Hepatitis immunisation

Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. However Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge and therefore you may be charged for this vaccination when requested in connection with travel abroad.

Private Travel Clinics

If you are unable to wait for our next available travel advice appointment, as advised by the reception staff, then you can attend any Private Travel Clinic (you can obtain these numbers in the Yellow Pages see link below i.e. type in “travel clinic” then “your area”, to display a list of clinics) charges will apply at these clinics.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

Under NHS legislation, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the United Kingdom. However, to ensure good patient care the following guidance is offered. People travelling within Europe should be advised to carry a European Health Insurance Card, known as an EHIC.

Medication required for a pre-existing condition should be provided in sufficient quantity to cover the journey and to allow the patient to obtain medical attention abroad. If the patient is returning within the timescale of their usual prescription, then this should be issued (the maximum duration of a prescription is recommended by the Care Trust to be two months, although it is recognised that prescription quantities are sometimes greater than this). Patients are entitled to carry prescribed medicines, even if originally classed as controlled drugs, for example, morphine sulphate tablets.

For longer visits abroad, the patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication (this may need to be paid for by the patient).

General practitioners are not responsible for prescriptions of items required for conditions which may arise while travelling, for example travel sickness or diarrhoea. Patients should be advised to purchase these items from community pharmacies prior to travel.