Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

Non-urgent advice: Patient Notice

Please ensure you allow adequate time to receive your NHS vaccine course if you are travelling abroad

We would recommend a minimum of 8 weeks prior to travel, to ensure you have adequate cover before travelling.

If you are travelling in under 8 weeks, we strongly advise you to contact a travel clinic as it is unlikely, we can accommodate you at such short notice.

  • If we have an appointment available to suit your travel dates we will provisionally book the appointment(s) with our practice nurse. One appointment per person.
  • The pre travel vaccination questionnaire is provided to you at the time you book your appointment, and is available either at Reception or via the link below.
  • Not all vaccinations are covered by the NHS, in which case you will be advised to contact a travel clinic to receive private vaccinations at a cost to yourself.
  • Once you have completed the vaccination request form, we shall be able to determine the vaccines you require and if they can be done by our practice nurse here at the surgery, or if you need to attend a travel clinic. Your form will be actioned within 10 working days, and then you will be contacted on your preferred contact number to confirm the outcome
  •  When you attend the surgery to have the vaccine administered you are required to wait in the waiting room for a further 10 mins afterwards in case of any adverse reaction.

Holiday Vaccination Questionnaire


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.

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

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

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.

Suggested Travel Clinics

  • CityDoc, Tel: 0334 145984 (option 1) or to book online
  • Boots, The Bridges, Sunderland Tel: 0191 5670933 (option 3)
  • East Boldon Village Pharmacy, Tel: 0191 5367459

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.

Useful Links

NHS Overview – Travel Vaccinations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Lonely Planet’s website

International Society of Travel Medicine

Health Advice for the Diabetic 

Fit for Travel – an NHS site written at the Scottish

Medical Advice Services for Travellers Abroad

UK travel health – site developed by a nurse

Centre for Disease Control – in Atlanta