Changes to prescribing Over The Counter medicines

In-line with NHS England recommendations, NHS Dorset has asked GP teams to stop prescribing medicine and treatment for 35 minor conditions listed on this page. This allows GPs to focus on caring for people who have more complex needs. NHS Dorset wants people to have the confidence to look after themselves where they can. This

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Travel Clinic & Holiday Vaccinations

Our travel clinic is held at our Hamworthy Surgery on Blandford Road, Hamworthy.

When travelling abroad, vaccinations are often necessary to protect your health. The Practice offers travel vaccinations as an additional non-NHS service to its patients. If you would like us to provide your travel vaccinations please complete and submit the online or paper form below.

Our trained Travel Nurses will assess your requirements and contact you to inform you if you need any chargeable vaccinations, or just those that are available via the NHS. Should you need any chargeable vaccinations you will be asked to pay over the phone or attend the surgery and pay for these at the time of booking your appointment. This is because we only order the vaccinations as they are required and do not keep them in stock.

If you are travelling at very short notice (within 2 weeks) you will need to attend specialised private travel clinic. Between 2-4 weeks we may be able to provide vaccines but you may wish to speak with a private provider. We aim to respond to queries within 10 working days. It is advisable to have any vaccinations 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. Although we may be able to supply vaccinations in a shorter time frame if necessary, we cannot provide appointments within 2 weeks of travel.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, don’t forget to consider your health risks. The link below takes you to a website which is full of useful health-related information for travellers, including a Travel Planner tool to help you plan your trip.

Vaccines

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.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Yellow Fever.

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.

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 to Europe should be advised to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card.

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

Foreign travel advice – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)