Doctor referring me to private clinic for travel vaccines...at cost, what can I do?

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Found 16th Apr 2010
I called my GP about NHS travel vaccines as I'm due to leave for a volunteer program in about 6 weeks, the surgery told me their nurse is new and therefore she hasn't been trained (!!) and referred me to a private travel clinic.
the problem is, I've just called them and for the round of 4 shots that are free on the NHS they want £125 for plus consult.
does anyone have any experience in this and know what my options are?
many thanks

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why wont the doc administer the vaccine?

Maybe they should employ a nurse that is "fit for purpose"

Speak to the practice manager / PCT?

If your doctors' have referred you due to their nurse not being trained, surely they are going to cover any costs? Wouldn't have thought they could send you here and expect you to pay, not your fault the nurse isn't trained, ring your doctors surgery and ask them.

Do you work for a big organisation that has an occupational health department? They will sometimes do them for you.

Your Doctors Practice is part of a larger PCT so you have the right to go to another practice and get your shots.

mikebike;8377755

Your Doctors Practice is part of a larger PCT so you have the right to go … Your Doctors Practice is part of a larger PCT so you have the right to go to another practice and get your shots.



+1

You couldn't make it up could you......

'their nurse is new and therefore she hasn't been trained (!!) '

Original Poster

thanks guys (and gals)

I called my GP bac and was told "no we don't cover costs we just refer"
I asked if they could refer me to a different local nhs nurse for the shots or if the doc himself could do it
"ummm, sorry we just refer, can't help" and she hung up!

called NHS Direct and have a "health nurse" I think they said calling me tomorrow morning to "deal with my request" so we shall see.

what a nightmare!
sure if I was off for 3 months binge drinking in benidorm I'd get everything I need

*sigh*

Banned

the health nurses are really good in my experience i had a couple of issues getting an appointment after being referred to the wrong consultant and the one i dealt with was extremely helpful and resourceful.

Maybe it's the type of vaccines you need?

Info from here: nhs.uk/chq…152

Your GP, or practice nurse, may only be able to provide some travel vaccinations for free. These can vary across practices, but they usually include:

•typhoid,
•hepatitis A,
•meningitis C, and
•tetanus, diphtheria, and polio (which are combined in one vaccine).

You will need to pay for most other vaccinations. Your GP may either charge you for them (including an administration fee) or refer you to a special travel clinic. They include:

•yellow fever,
•meningiococcal meningitis,
•Japanese and tick-borne encephalitis,
•hepatitis B, and
•rabies.

Original Poster

Well, the health nurse advised me that there's nothing really they can do, they said my options were to complain to the practice manager or move surgeries.

I'm currently under treatment with a doctor there so moving surgeries is not an option
I spoke with the practice manager who told me that they are working under the advice of the doctos and therefore they cannot help me, nor will they refer me for my jabs elsewhere.

I'm utterly gobsmacked.
I just paid out £150 for 3 rabies shots, I have more to pay out this week for hep B shots and now I'm going to have to foot the bill for what I should be covered under on the NHS.
I'm completely at a loss.

writing to the doctors/practice manger and will drop the letter off tomorrow but I'm running out if time.

Original Poster

Nope, those are the vax I am looking for. I've paid extra at a clinic for Rabies ect.

sickly sweet;8383167

Maybe it's the type of vaccines you need?Info from here: … Maybe it's the type of vaccines you need?Info from here: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67&SubCategoryID=152Your GP, or practice nurse, may only be able to provide some travel vaccinations for free. These can vary across practices, but they usually include: •typhoid, •hepatitis A, •meningitis C, and •tetanus, diphtheria, and polio (which are combined in one vaccine). You will need to pay for most other vaccinations. Your GP may either charge you for them (including an administration fee) or refer you to a special travel clinic. They include:•yellow fever, •meningiococcal meningitis, •Japanese and tick-borne encephalitis, •hepatitis B, and •rabies.

What vaccinations do you need to get?

Original Poster

•typhoid,
•hepatitis A,
•meningitis C, and
•tetanus, diphtheria, and polio (which are combined in one vaccine).
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