From the 1st of April NHS Forth Valley’s Immunisation team will be taking over Travel Health Service for NHS Forth Valley patients.
You can self-refer to the service using a risk assessment eform available on the immunisation page on NHS Forth Valley services page which you can access by clicking the link attached below:
Please make sure you self-refer with at least 6 weeks notice so that immunisation(s) will be effective at time of travel. If, for any reason, you can’t use the eform, please contact the immunisation administration team on 0800 130 3120
Patients will be assessed by the Immunisation Nurses trained in Travel Health and they will then recommend appropriate treatment.
Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-
- Hepatitis A
Healthy Travel Leaflet
You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to become infected.
Please download our useful leaflet on Mosquito Advice
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.
Fit for Travel
If you wish further information before you travel please click the link for Fit For Travel where further information can be obtained relating to your holiday/travel destination.
Holidays and travel
Difficulties with travel can often be avoided by good planning – enabling you to avoid or overcome any problems so that you can enjoy your travels and have a stress-free break.
Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions
A Scottish home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-
“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period(than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service…. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medication over such longer periods…. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.”
Where ongoing medical attention is not necessary, the patient may be given a private prescription.