Travel

TRAVELLING ABROAD

Unfortunately, with increasing pressure on GP and Nurse appointments, it is becoming more and more difficult to accommodate all of the demands in Primary Care.

Our practice nurses are spending more and more time dealing with travel requests and this is eating into the time that they need to carry out many other important tasks. At least 50 appointments per week are spent dealing with travel forms and more on giving vaccinations- at least 10-12 hours nursing time per week.

It is clear that our first role as Doctors and Nurses is to care for those that are unwell or have chronic illnesses.

We will continue to offer NHS travel advice but we will not be able to provide non NHS travel vaccines and we will not be able to accommodate anyone who is travelling in less than 8 weeks no matter what the reason.

This is unfortunate, but patients who decide to travel within 8 weeks would need to be fitted in as extras into already fully booked surgeries and we do not think that it is acceptable for healthy patients to be fitted in as extras for travel purposes while unwell patients struggle to get an appointment.

If you are travelling in less than 8 weeks then you will be given a list of travel clinics who will carry out your travel vaccines although they will charge a fee for this.

If you are travelling in more than 8 weeks, then please use the 'contact us' page and we can email a form to you. Please complete as much of this as possible and hand it in to the surgery. Alternatively, these forms are available at reception.

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