Consolidation of Service to Thomas Walker Centre

Following a robust process, the application made by TWWH to close their Westgate Surgery branch was reviewed by NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care Board who have supported the branch closure application and plans to consolidate to one site.

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Travel Vaccinations

TWW Healthcare do not routinely vaccinate for travel unless the vaccination falls within the NHS Services. Prior to travelling please allow as much time as possible to check your individual needs and arrange an appointment for any NHS funded vaccinations (8 weeks or more before travel date), which will be with the Practice Nurse. The Nurse will require to know which countries, and areas within countries, that you are visiting to confirm what vaccinations are required.

Please complete the online Travel Risk Assessment Form below, and a member of the team will be in touch within 5 working days to book your initial assessment.

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, the practice will not administer vaccines if there is less than 2 weeks left before travel date.

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. The Practice will not be able to give you these non-funded Vaccinations but we will always point you to a provider who can.

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

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Cholera

Travel Form

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 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.

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