As you may know, Ivy Court Surgery, Hamstreet Surgery and Woodchurch Surgery have been working closely together for well over a year now on various projects such as the Weekend Urgent Care Service and the ‘Virtual Ward’ for the elderly and vulnerable.
You may also be aware that there have been difficulties with obtaining appointments with other private travel clinics in Ashford. This has caused significant problems for us in rural Ashford as travelling further than Ashford is inconvenient and not always possible. In some cases, it has meant our patients travelling 30 miles to obtain their travel vaccinations. We feel this is unacceptable.
Following complaints from patients in the cluster regarding the lack of a local travel service, the doctors and practice managers of our three surgeries have had several meetings to see if this service could be set up in our surgeries. We are delighted to announce the start of our own Travel Advice and Vaccination service as of the 5th November 2015. This we hope will be another valuable service to our patients, and will be provided through Ashford Rural Medical Services (through which the urgent care service and our other collaborative projects are delivered).
In the first instance, please visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk which will give advice on the treatment requirements for the country you wish to travel to. Then, please contact either Hamstreet Surgery (01233 730190) or Ivy Court in Tenterden (01580 763666) to book an appointment with our specialist travel nurse. If the vaccination is provided by the NHS this service will be free of charge. If it is a non-NHS vaccine, you will be charged for the private prescription. (The receptionist will advise this at the time of booking). Should you wish to receive a full travel risk management consultation from our specialist travel nurse this is a private service and a fee will apply (£25 for one, £40 for a couple, £50 for a family of up to five attending at the same time, £5 thereafter).
There will be one clinic each week, alternating on a Tuesday from Hamstreet Surgery and the following week on a Thursday from Ivy Court in Tenterden. Additional clinics may be offered where there is demand.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.