Travel

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please simply phone the surgery and book an appointment with one of our specialist travel nurses. When you arrive for your appointment you will be given a form to complete outlining your travel plans, any current medication and your previous vaccination history. Our nurse will check this with you at the appointment.

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as some vaccines need to be ordered as they are not a stock item.

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.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:

Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

Immunisations

We offer tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid vaccination at St Chads and Chilcompton free of charge (these are available on the NHS). These vaccinations will cover all European destinations and many more exotic locations – you simply need to make a routine appointment with one of our qualified nurses. NB we do make a charge for the second or booster dose of hepatitis A vaccine.

Non-NHS vaccinations such as yellow fever, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, may also be available although subject to a private fee. Please contact your GP through a telephone consultation.

Antimalarials

If you are going to a country where malaria is a risk you need to find out the latest prophylaxis recommendations. Different countries require different drugs as resistances develop. Some of the above websites have up-to-date and accurate information on antimalarial medications. We have produced a leaflet on antimalarials which is on our website (address above) and available at reception. If you only require choroquine and proguanil these can be bought without prescription from a chemist or from Chilcompton surgery. For other antimalarials you will require a private prescription and therefore need to contact your GP.

Travellers with complex health needs (e.g. gap year travellers, travel to altitude, etc)

We have found that some travellers, particularly those travelling to several different countries or with more complex medical problems require lengthy consultations which are difficult to fit in and inappropriate for an NHS clinic. We refer these travellers to the above websites which contain detailed and current information. If further clarification is required, please make contact your GP through a telephone consultation.