If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel we advise you first go online to http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx to find out if you need any travel vaccinations. The FIT FOR TRAVEL website is very user friendly.
If you do require vaccinations, you need to make a 20 minute 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. We require a travel questionnaire be completed prior to your appointment; you can either download the questionnaire on this page and bring it with you or come 10 minutes early for your appointment and ask our reception team for the questionnaire.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - we recommend you give at least 12 weeks notice of your travel*- as you may need a second appointment with the practice nurse as some vaccinations need 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.
Earlier this year the government introduced a Clinical Negligence State Scheme to help protect our clinicians. The ever increasing cost of litigation and the rise in patients attempting to make claims has resulted in huge outlay to our clinicians to cover their indemnity. The Government introduced the scheme to help support our clinicians and to encourage many to remain in the Profession.
Our Nurses work under our GPs guidance and to strict protocols within the General Medical Services Contract we have with NHS England and have their Indemnity vicariously covered by the GPs under the State Scheme.
We have been advised any work that falls outside of our core NHS work is not covered. One area is TRAVEL. Any vaccinations required for Travel that attract a charge (therefore outside of our GMS Contract) our Nurses will not be protected under the scheme. For example, this would be is Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis B. Tick Bourne Encephalitis, and Cholera.
Obviously there are implications for patients who require these vaccinations. We will continue to give travel advice and if, for your destination, it is advised you receive vaccinations we are unable to give, we will direct you to an alternative provider of private travel vaccinations.
We apologise for any inconvenience this many cause to our Patients.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU GIVE A MINIMUM OF 12 WEEKS NOTICE OF YOUR TRAVEL TO ENABLE ADVICE/VACCINATIONS TO BE GIVEN.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
*What do I do if it is less than 6 weeks before I travel?
Visit Healthub Travel Clinic
Healthub, 1b Queen St, Lancaster, LA1 1RS. For appointments and enquiries, please contact 01524 580999