The Department of Health website contains general health advice for travellers including how to obtain a European Health Insurance Card, how to get medical treatment abroad and information on staying healthy while away.
General travel health advice and recommendations for medicines you may need can be found at http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/or http://www.masta-travel-health.com/ or www.who.int/ith.
A decision about the travel vaccinations that you will need depends upon which countries you will be visiting, how you are travelling, and how long you will be staying there. If you are registered with a GP practice some travel vaccinations are available free of charge. Vaccinations that are covered by the NHS are: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria/tetanus/polio. Many injections recommended for travel to more exotic locations are not covered by the NHS, and we will charge a fee for these (details of charges can be provided on request). Travel vaccinations that are NOT routinely covered by the NHS include: • Cholera • Japanese encephalitis • Meningococcal meningitis • Rabies • Tick borne encephalitis • Hepatitis B • Yellow fever.The Department of Health has ruled that medicines to prevent malaria should not be provided on the NHS.
Supply of regular medicines when travelling for long periods of time
The Department of Health recommends that NHS prescriptions for longer than 3 months supply should not be routinely given. If you are planning to be away for longer than 3 months, and need regular medicines, you will need to see a doctor in the country you are visiting.
Taking liquid medicines, syringes and needles on flights
Additional airport security measures mean that there are now restrictions on carrying non-essential medicines in hand luggage. No liquids of any type are permitted through the airport security search point, other than prescription medicines in liquid form which are essential for the flight. If you use insulin or other medication which you need to inject, you will need a letter from your GP to allow syringes and other equipment to be carried in hand luggage. You may be able to use your repeat prescription request slip if this has all the relevant details. If your GP writes you a letter you may be charged for this service. You should check with your airline what information they require.