Taking a holiday on dialysis

Holidays for renal patients?

Peritoneal dialysis patients can holiday just about anywhere
  • Bags of fluid can be delivered to their holiday destination. This may be arranged through your Unit by speaking to the company that supplies your dialysis fluid.
If you have haemodialysis
  • Provided that you are free of any infections - your dialysis can be carried out in most units within the UK - all you have to do is choose a holiday close to these units. However, space limitations may make this a problem in terms of dates and timings.

  • Dialysis can also be arranged free of charge in EC countries and in countries where there is a reciprocal agreement with the UK. This is not everywhere, and the unit will advise you which countries this applies to. There is no charge for haemodialysis in parts of Australia and New Zealand, but there is in the United States of America. However, there may be some concern about infection risk in some areas - you should discuss this with your Renal Unit.
Not all holiday dialysis is in a hospital
  • A hotel with a dialysing facility might be used, for example. The British Kidney Patients Association has some units with facilities that are all-inclusive, providing accommodation for the whole family as well as dialysis.

  • Before you arrive at your holiday dialysis unit, they will already have been sent your latest blood figures, the hours spent on dialysis, the type of dialyser used, a list of drugs taken, and any particular problems relating to your health.

  • Further information about holidays and travel for dialysis patients is available on the Global Dialysis website .

To find out exactly what's available, speak to your dialysis nurses or the Renal Social Worker.

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