National Blood Bottle Shortage

“A supplier to the NHS has advised NHS England of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. This is having an impact on all healthcare providers.  We have received instruction to stop all non-urgent blood test until the 17th September. Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still

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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

Travel Vaccinations are usually done at Lowfield Surgery. For most holiday vaccinations you must plan at least 2 months ahead. Please start by completing our Travel Risk Assessment Form and submitting this to us as soon as possible. Someone will then call you to book an appointment to see the Practice Nurse so that we can plan the most appropriate preventative treatment for you.

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible, 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.

  • We are unable to give you injections if you are pregnant, feeling unwell with a temperature or taking certain medications (i.e. antibiotics, immunosuppressants)
  • It is not advisable to take strenuous exercise after administration of vaccines and excessive alcohol may make you feel unwell
  • It is advisable to avoid becoming pregnant for 3 months after vaccinations.

Please remember that vaccinations are only a backup, and cannot prevent infection completely, but can give you extra protection along with good food/water/personal hygiene whilst on holiday.

Travel Form

Complete our online form.

Vaccines

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

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Malaria tablets are not available on an NHS prescription, but some types may be bought over the counter from a pharmacy. If a private prescription is issued by the practice this will incur a £20 fee.

The following travel vaccinations are not available on the NHS and you would need to arrange an appointment for these through a private travel clinic.
Rabies    *    Japanese Encephalitis    *    Yellow Fever    *    Meningitis ACWY    *    Hepatitis B

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.

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