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The New Wokingham Road Surgery

18 New Wokingham Road
RG45 6JL
Telephone: 01344 773418
Fax: 01344 762753

 Travel Advice


Why do you need travel advice?

If you are travelling then there is a chance that you may get an infection which may be preventable either through a vaccine programme or risk minimisation.  You may have illnesses, e.g. diabetes where you need advice on how to take your insulin travelling across time zones.

How soon do I book an appointment?

National guidelines suggest that you need to be seen at least 8 weeks prior to travel.

If you are travelling in less than eight weeks we are NOT obliged to provide you with travel vaccinations. This is because there is not enough time to give you the correct vaccination course(s) before you travel. Please complete form as soon as you know you are travelling to avoid delay.

What you need to do before your appointment

If you think you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, click on the following link which takes you to the MASTA travel health website. Here, you will be able to find out what the recommended vaccines are for the country you are visiting via their Vaccination Checker tab.

If you do require any vaccinations, please complete the Travel Vaccination form which can be downloaded here.  Once completed, please either email it to us at (please include in the subject – travel vaccination form) or bring it to Reception. This should be done at least 8 weeks before you travel.

Once our nurse has checked your vaccination record and has confirmed that travel vaccinations are required, our reception staff will be in touch to organise an appointment for you. 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.

What happens if I cannot get to the surgery for an appointment?

There are  many recognised travel clinics that provide a travel immunisation service, including local pharmacies. Click on the MASTA link for your nearest clinic. 


How can I find out what I am immunised for?

You can look at your immunisation records by using the record access by using Patient Access or by asking the receptionist, both will provide you with details of which vaccines you have had and when. You can also request a copy of your immunisation records from the receptionist.  We will not know about vaccines you have had at travel clinics unless you tell us - so you should keep these safe.

Which vaccines do we provide free of charge?

Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Meningitis C, Tetanus and Polio are provided free of charge. Diphtheria, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever can be charged for (we are a Yellow Fever Centre).  If you need Rabies or Japanese Encephalitis you need to collect a prescription first as we do not stock at the surgery. Malaria Prophylaxis can be prescribed on normal prescription.


We provide you with a written card of your vaccinations, this is free of charge. (Yellow fever requires a specific form which you would get from the provider).



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