I know this isn’t about home dialysis but we Aussies don’t have a vast experience with dialysis related overseas travel so was hoping someone here may be able to help a fellow Aussie who posted this question on a local website.
> Hi there, I want to know about travelling overseas. What you need and what its like in foreign
> hospitals. I’m going to Dublin and hopefully will be going to St.
> Vincents Hospital for Dialysis.I know that some of this can be answered
> by the social worker but i want a hands on experience of Irish Dialysis
> units etc.Also stopover and are they advisable.I was thinking Amsterdam?
> I would love to hear from anyone.
Well the first good news is that you should be able to get reciprocal dialysis due to the link with the UK & EU.
Not sure about the whole of Ireland. Holland also in the EU so that applies.
I’ve never been to Ireland, but it’s on a list of places to go! Thanks for reminding me.
The Irish Kidney Patients Association
May be of help, & Freedom travel, are great for booking holidays
Emma Walsh Emma_Walsh@entemp.ie is a contact I have for the KPA there.
You’ll need your health insurance card, travel insurance, & the usual blood tests, Hep, HIV, & MRSA swabs, usally I month to 2 weeks before you travel.
AND you need to make sure they have space;)
I’d highly recommend contacting Freedom Travel:
As they are great at sorting out bookings, arranging flights etc…
And very good rates as well.
Have a good trip!
PS I’m not a fellow Aussie, but I hope you find this useful anyway!
I am sure my friend will appreciate your advice.
NP, let me know if there’s any more feedback etc:)
>Well the first good news is that you should be able to get reciprocal
>dialysis due to the link with the UK & EU.
>Not sure about the whole of Ireland. Holland also in the EU so that applies.
NO, the reciprocal agreement with Oz is only for U.K. the inter-E.C. facilities,
utilizising the “EHIC” health card means most countries will give treatment under
the same conditions as their own citizens (e,g, I think Italy has a nominal cost per
session). Autralians cannot get an EHIC card - I can’t even get one, even tho I still
retain U.K. citizenship, as I have been away for too long !
Thanks for that Bear, I wasn’t sure:)