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Travel information

Pre Travel Arrangements

  • Ensure that your travel agent is reputable and a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

  • Inform your travel agent, airline and insurance company that you have a sickle cell disorder. This should be done both verbally and in writing. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

  • Obtain clear guidelines and requirements from the airline and insurance company. Insurance premiums may vary it is advisable to shop around before booking your flight.

  • It is strongly advisable that you ensure you have enough travel insurance to cover you for any eventuality e.g. last minute cancellation due to illness or an air ambulance to return home if necessary. Not all countries have a free health service. Always read the small print.

  • Enquire personally at the same time as your initial enquiry, whether your airline can supply extra oxygen if it is required and if additional costs will be incurred.

  • If there are specific seating requirements you may need, advise the travel agent and airline of your needs.

  • It is important that you check your travel documentation well in advance before your departure. This will give you time to correct any mistakes or problems that may occur.

  • Before traveling discuss early if you need to take any precautions e.g. vaccinations or immunisations with your GP or consultant. This is also recommended for any children that may be traveling with you.

  • Ensure you have taken adequate measures to protect yourself from mosquitoes or other insects whilst abroad. You may want to take medication with you to ensure that bites may be treated instantly.

  • Make sure you have a check-up with the hospital at least 3 weeks before you are due to travel. Your hemoglobin level may be low and you may need a blood transfusion.

  • If you require a blood transfusion whilst abroad you need to know about the hospitals where you can have a safe transfusion with treated blood. Discuss this with your GP or consultant before you depart for your holiday.

  • It is advisable to purchase a first aid kit that you can take with you, which may contain needles, syringes and surgical gloves if they are required.

  • If you are feeling unwell the day before or on the day of your journey, consult your GP or hospital. If you are advised not to travel, cancel your holiday immediately.

If you travel against medical advice your insurance will be VOID!
Always make sure you carry your sickle cell card and medication with you

Information to take with you

Obtain a letter from your hospital doctor and take this with you just in case you become unwell whilst abroad.

Carry this letter with you at all times. It is advisable to keep several copies of this letter.

Have a copy translated in the language of the country you are traveling to. This letter should contain:

The type of sickle cell disorder you have.

Up to date information about your usual haemoglobin blood level.

Information about any operations, complications or allergies you have had and how you should be treated in the case of a crisis.

A list of the medication which you should take regularly.

If you are carrying drugs such as oramorph, which contains controlled substances, ensure that this is stated in the letter from your Consultant. This is very important when traveling abroad as some countries have different laws on analgesics. Try to keep all medication in their original packaging or boxes.

Any special treatment that you are having e.g. regular blood transfusions. Also the type of analgesic (painkiller) which best suits you.

Your hospital number, the name of you Consultant, the address of local hospital/sickle cell centre of the country you are traveling to. For further information of our local centre, contact your travel who may be able to help you

Care during the journey

Most aeroplanes are air-conditioned and can be quite cool, even whilst travelling to a hot country. Pack some extra clothing in your hand luggage in case you feel cold e.g. socks and jumpers.

Make sure you pack your medication e.g. painkillers, penicillin, folic acid etc in your hand luggage and have easy access to it.

Wear loose comfortable clothes, the body can swell slightly whilst on a plane and already tight clothes can feel tighter.

If your journey is long you should walk about a little or move your limbs. Sitting for long periods of time is not advisable because it slows down the circulation.

Whilst in flight or in-between flights, remember to drink extra fluids, BUT limit your alcohol intake as an excess can result in dehydration.

Care whilst Abroad

If you become unwell with diarrhoea and or vomiting it is important
not to become dehydrated. You can buy sachets of an oral re-hydration
powder mix, these may be available from the local chemist.

If you
are unsure about the cleanliness of the water supply, you may want to
take water sterilisation tablets with you. If you purchase bottle water,
make sure the top is sealed.

Remember to drink plenty of water in hot climates as you will loose water through perspiration.

Ensure that all food is cooked thoroughly especially meats. Wash salads, vegetables and fruit thoroughly before eating.

Keep taking your routine daily medication as prescribed by your Doctor.

You need to consider any climate changes and adapt accordingly.

Quick fact

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