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NHS Pharmacy First Scotland will allow community pharmacies to give people expert help for treating conditions such as sore throats, earache and cold sores, along with common clinical conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s).

Travel advice and Vaccinations

If you are intending to travel overseas we recommend that you check and select the country/  countries / regions to which you are travelling

If you require vaccinations , follow the link to email FitForTravel.

FitForTravel will send you a risk assessment for and a patient access form – return these to FitForTravel

Fit For Travel will send us these forms for us to complete

We will complete the information requested and forward it to FitForTravel

PLEASE NOTE – WE HAVE 20 DAYS TO DO THIS.  You are advised to allow plenty of time for this process. If you do not send the information to FitForTravel within sufficient time it is YOUR responsibility for any cancellations/delays/ etc to your travel plans.

Once FitForTravel have the information we have provided they will contact you with either advise or details of an appointment at one of the travel clinics in Ayrshire currently

  • Ayrshire Central Hospital, Irvine
  • Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock
  • University Hospital, Ayr


When you attend the vaccine appointment you will get details of the vaccinations you have been given (as you may require them for travelling). Vaccine details will be sent to us to add to your medical records.

Your travel company should advise you about vaccinations as well, but again ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME TO ARANGE THIS – YOUR SAFETY MAY BE AFFECTED!

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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