Shingles is a common disease that can cause long-lasting, severe pain or permanent disability. If you are aged between 70 and 79 you are eligible for a shingles vaccination which can reduce the chances of you developing this serious disease. If you have a weakened immune system you may not be suitable for this vaccine but please ask the nurse for advice.
Travel Advice and Vaccinations Service
Our Practice Nurse offers advice, information, and vaccinations for those travelling abroad. It often takes several weeks for all recommended immunisation courses to be given.
We therefore strongly advise you to complete a Travel Vaccination Form at least 8 weeks before you are due to travel.
Travel Vaccination Forms are available by telephoning the surgery. Please complete and post back to the surgery as quickly as possible.
The receptionist will make you an appointment with the Practice Nurse on receipt of your completed form.
We need at least 8 weeks’ notice of your intention to travel so that the nurse can obtain current travel advice for your destination.
Non-urgent advice: Notice
We cannot offer our Travel Advice and Vaccinations Service if you intend to travel within 8 weeks and we would therefore advise that you attend the Travel Vaccination Clinic at Leith Surgery – details below.
- Advice on which vaccinations are recommended or required.
- General and specialised Travel Health Advice.
- Administration of vaccinations available on the NHS.
We do not Provide:
- Non-NHS vaccinations such as Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, or Tick-Borne Encephalitis.
If you think you may require these, or if the nurse recommends them, you will be advised to attend one of the specialised travel clinics.
There is a dedicated Travel Vaccination Clinic at Leith Surgery, 2 Duke Street, Edinburgh.
Clinic times are: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8 am-5:30 pm, Wed 7 am-5:30 pm
Appointments can be arranged at short notice. Tel: 0131 5546471. www.travelsafeedinburgh.com
Other Clinics include:
- Western General Hospital: 0131 537 2822.
- East Preston St. Clinic: 0131 667 1030.
- MASTA Travel Clinic: 0131 336 3038 Edinburgh International Health Centre.
Fees and Charges
The immunisations we provide are available on the NHS. If you require any private prescriptions the nurse will advise whether we are able to provide these and the fee.