Travel Clinic

Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU)
Ward 41 OPD
Western General Hospital
Crewe Road South
Telephone: 0131 537 2822

Update 14th August 2017:
Please beware that there currently is a global shortage of hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines. We may therefore not be able to give you these vaccinations until supplies have been restored (possibly only in 2018).
Supplies of the vaccine are being issued under dose sparing recommendations and guidance by Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
Please speak to our travel health advisor about other ways of protecting yourself against hepatitis A and B during your travels.

Travel Clinic at the Regional Infectious Disease Unit

The Travel Clinic at the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU) opened in 1993 and now sees over 1,000 new patients a year.

The clinic complements travel clinics run by GPs, private institutions and medical charities in Edinburgh. We particularly welcome referral of travellers with complex itineraries or complicating health factors.

Clinic opening times

Monday and Wednesday: 08.30am – 7pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 08.30am – 3pm

Our clinics operate by appointment only.
Note: Bring details of your vaccination history.


Travel Medicine - A developing speciality

The past 20 years have seen a huge increase in global tourist travel. In 2013 UK citizens made 58.5 million visits abroad (Office for National Statistics, 2014). In addition to holiday and business travel, an increasing number of people are volunteering in remote areas of developing countries or as aid workers responding to natural disaster situations.

This rise in travel has been associated with a rise in travel-related illness, of which Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola were recent lethal examples. Malaria is the most serious treatable disease, with an estimated 2,500 to 3,500 cases and 10-15 preventable deaths in the UK each year.

The advent of multiple drug-resistant malarial parasites and the risk of disabling side-effects caused by travel-related disease underline the importance of travellers getting individually tailored advice to protect their health. Commonsense measures can also reduce the risk of infections such as travellers’ diarrhoea, HIV and schistosomiasis (a disease caused by parasitic worms).

Travel medicine emerged as a specialty in 1991, with the formation of the International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM).

Where is the Travel Clinic?

RIDU, Ward 41 OPD, Western General Hospital – nearest entrance, Telford Road.


By GP: Unless a referral letter accompanies the traveller, we will assume that their GP wishes all travel health aspects of the itinerary to be discussed. We will not advise on anti-malarial drugs if these have already been prescribed.

Self referral: Travellers are welcome to phone the Travel Clinic on 0131 537 2822 to make an appointment.


The clinic has internet access to the TRAVAX database (Health Protection Scotland).

Costs and payment

Travellers pay for the costs of vaccines and drugs. A £30 appointment fee is charged when travel advice only is received without vaccines and medicines being prescribed. The £30 consultation fee is offset against the cost of vaccines and medicines in excess of this amount.

We accept payment by Switch/maestro and credit card. Payment by cash is discouraged for security reasons.

Other resources

Travellers can access advice online at

Services (prices valid from 16th March, 2017 - please note costs may change without notice)
Immunisations (costs per dose):

Dip/Tet/Polio: £21
Typhim Vi: £22
Hepatitis A: £37
Hepatitis B: £25
HepatitisA/Typhoid: £59
HepA /HepB: £53
Meningococcal ACWY menveo: £59
Japanese B Ixiaro: Adult (2): £88
Rabies – intra-dermal: £27
Rabies – intramuscular: £65
Yellow Fever: £55
Tick-borne encephalitis: £65
Cholera: £26.25
Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR): £20

Anti malarial prophylaxis
We will advise on anti-mosquito measures and prescribe chemoprophylaxis.

Atovaquone / Proguanil (generic Malarone) pack of 12 adult tablets: £29
Mefloquine pack of 8 tablets: £29.50
Chloroquine pack of 28 tablets: £6
Proguanil pack of 98 tablets: £12.50
Doxycycline pack of 50 tablets: £19

Altitude sickness prophylaxis
Diamox pack of 12 tablets: £20

Traveller’s diarrhoea stand by treatment
Ciprofloxacin 10 x 500mg: £11
Azithromycin single dose pack of 4 x 250mg: £16

Private prescription: £10

Laboratory tests
Blood group: £40

We can be reached by phone on: 0131 537 2822. The travel phone answer machine has several options both for travellers and health professionals ringing for advice.

Our Staff

Dr Oliver Koch DPhil FRCP MFTM; Consultant & Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases; has overall responsibility for the Travel Clinic.

David Mckigen, RGN DTM AFTM RCPS (Glasg); Travel Nurse Practitioner.

Nicola Armstrong, RGN BSc DTM AFTM RCPS (Glasg); Charge Nurse, is responsible for nursing services.

Jackie Thomson, Clinical Support Worker

How to find us

The travel clinic is in Ward 41, Outpatients Department, Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU. RIDU is near the Telford Road entrance to the hospital.

Travelling by bus
Buses that stop at the Western General Hospital include routes 19, 29, 37, 37A, 38, 42, 47, X47, X31 and X37.

Travelling by car
Hospital car parks are often full and we advise you – if possible – to use public transport or arrange to be dropped off by car.

The Western General operates a one-way system by car via the Telford Road entrance exiting at Crewe Road, RIDU, Ward 41 is next to visitor’s car park 9, behind the Alexander Donald Building.

When entering the hospital grounds by car from Crewe Road South, please use the Porterfield Road entrance. Again, this is a one-way system.

Please allow sufficient time before your appointment to find a car parking space.

Contact us
By phone: 0131 537 2822 (normal rate charge)

Last Reviewed: 14/08/2017