Travel Vaccinations

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below: 

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription, and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Travel Health Questionnaire

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.

Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

COVID Passports

Your local GP cannot provide you with proof of vaccination.

Download the #NHSApp from Google Play or the iOS App Store to get your Vaccine Passport. For more info click here or call 119.

Travel Questionnaire

Please complete the form below to get more information about what travel immunisations you require. Most vaccines are given at least 2 weeks before travel, and some more complicated regimes take longer. Please try to give us prior notice (preferably 6 weeks).
Date of Birth
Women Only: Is there any possibility you may be pregnant?
UK Departure Date
Please enter a number from 0 to 99999.
Further Information
Purpose of your trip
Holiday type
Planned Activities
Are you fit for travel?
Do you have any allergies?


Do you look after someone who has a long-term, physical or mental illness, is disabled or frail?

Could you do with some help, advice or just someone to talk to? Sunderland Carers Centre is here to help.

If the person you look after lives in Sunderland, you can get confidential information and advice; direct support or simply an opportunity to talk to someone about your caring role. We understand looking after someone close to you can affect everyone in a household, so we take a ‘whole-family’ approach and can support you and all your family. Staffed by professionals with a range of specialist knowledge, you can visit the Centre or simply phone us, go on our website or email us.

When rules permit, staff can also arrange a visit to your home or meet you somewhere else, like a café – whatever suits you best.

Further information is available on our website or can be requested in different formats or languages.

The kind of things we offer you:

  • One-to-one support and a listening ear – where and when you need it.
  • Carrying out Carer’s Assessments on behalf of Sunderland City Council. A Carer’s Assessment will look at how caring affects your life and consider how your own well-being can be supported now and in the future
  • General information, advice and guidance as well as signposting to other agencies who may be able to help you – including organisations like welfare rights.
  • Representation and support at meetings with other services – to make sure you are getting all the help you are entitled to.
  • Support and advice including guidance about Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) – if your child has special educational needs or a disability.
  • Peer support (groups) and social activities provided, usually free, by the centre and other local agencies – including courses on care-related subjects or general interest.
  • Targeted support – including for parent carers with children 0-25; carers of adults with learning difficulties; if the person you look after has a mental illness or meetings specific to your local area.
  • Groups, workshops and training opportunities – to help you in your caring role or to give you some time out and meet others in a similar situation.

Click this link for further information Sunderland Carers Centre.

Mental Health Services

What to do in a Crisis

If you feel that you can’t keep yourself safe or if self-harming has gone too far, visit A&E or call: 999

If you urgently need specialist advice the Initial Response Service WHO offer 24/7 support and information for Sunderland and South Tyneside on: 0303 123 1145, or freephone: 0800 652 2867

Adult Counselling Service

One in four adults will experience mental illness in any year.

While you are waiting for your counselling appointment you can look at some self-help sites that can give information on coping strategies;

Self-refer to the Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service by calling 0191 566 5454 or clicking the following link SunderlandIAPTService.

If you feel you are struggling while you are waiting for your appointment then there are services available when you need help immediately, such as:

Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS)

The Children and Young People’s Service provides a single service to all children and young people aged 0-18 years living in South Tyneside and Sunderland who present with mental health difficulties. This includes children and young people who may have learning difficulties and those living in a range of difficult and challenging circumstances.

The Service is Able to Provide:

  • Assessment, diagnosis and intervention on a range of mental health issues.
  • Intensive response and home-based treatment for those children and young people whose mental health is causing significant concern.
  • An intensive Eating Disorder Service to support children and young people on the eating disorder pathway who are at risk of an inpatient admission.
  • A comprehensive transition support package to those young people who are approaching their 18th birthday and may need continuing support as adults.
  • 24 hour access to support via a single point of access.
  • Training, consultation, support and advice to front line staff working in targeted services for children.

How to get Referred

Referrals will be accepted from any professional working with child, young person or their family and self referrals can also be made. Referrals are accepted in written form by letter or fax. Referrals can also be made on the telephone.

Contact CYPS:

Telephone: 0191 566 5500 or freephone 0800 652 2868 – Fax: 0191 566 5534 Email: [email protected] 

Opening Times: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm

Non-NHS Services

Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges.

Examples include the following:

  • Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
  • Insurance claim forms
  • Passport signing
  • Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
  • Private sick notes
  • Vaccination certificates

The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.

Social Prescribing

The Social Prescribing Link Worker Team work on behalf of all GP Practices in Sunderland to provide non‐medical support and interventions. We can support with:

  • Money worries
  • Being more physically active
  • Connecting with others
  • Mental & physical wellbeing
  • Managing long term conditions
  • Weight management
  • Preventing future ill health
  • Finding local support groups specific to a health condition or
  • personalised goal

 To self-refer click here 

All referrals sent from the website are sent to a secure email which is manned daily.