The amount of notice we require to provide the appropriate advice and vaccinations mainly depends on where you are travelling to. For most trips to a single destination in Europe you will need to see a Practice Nurse at least 3 weeks before you travel. If you are travelling to a number of different countries or to unusual destinations it can take longer to complete the course of vaccinations required so you will need to see the Practice Nurse at least 8 weeks before you travel. We strongly recommend that you visit a travel advice website which you can find below, to obtain the recommended information you require.
When you contact the Practice you will be offered the first available 20m Practice Nurse appointment. If this does not allow sufficient time for us to assess your needs and administer the appropriate vaccines we can give you details of alternative providers. We cannot squeeze travel appointments in at the expense of other patients’ appointments irrespective of when you are travelling or how many or few vaccinations you need.
When you make your appointment you will need to collect a travel plan questionnaire from reception or download one from our website below. This must be completed in full and returned to the Practice at least one week before your appointment. If you do not return your questionnaire in advance the Practice Nurse may not be able to provide you with any advice or vaccinations at your appointment.
Most standard vaccinations are provided free of charge by the NHS. If you have to use an alternative provider they will charge you for these. We cannot give these vaccines on the advice of anyone other than our own Practice Nurses.
If you need vaccines that are not available on the NHS there will be a charge, payable in advance, to cover the cost of buying and giving the vaccine. There will be extra charges if you require blood tests and/or certificates. Please note that we are not a Yellow Fever centre so you will need to consult an alternative provider about this. If you need malaria tablets we will work out what you need and give you a private prescription for which there will be a charge of £15. You can take this to the pharmacy of your choice who will dispense the medication for which there will be a further charge.
Travel Health Consultancy - 22 Southernhay Exeter EX1 1PR, 01392 430590
Boots - High Street, Exeter EX4 3QD or The Exebridge Centre, Exeter EX4 1AH
Superdrug - Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter EX4 3HJ
Travel Advice Websites
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office
World Health Organisation (WHO)
GPs do not provide an occupational health service as part of their NHS responsibility nor can they provide this service to you even if it is funded by you. This includes vaccinations against hepatitis B for the purpose of occupational health.
Under Health and Safety Regulations, your employer or educational institution has a duty to provide a safe working environment and, therefore, appropriate health advice for those at risk of infection with hepatitis B.
We advise you to contact your employer or educational institution who will be able to make arrangements with an occupational health provider for the provision of any immunisation which you may require following an appropriate assessment of the risk to which you are exposed.
If you are self-employed the responsibility for providing a safe working environment lies with yourself.