Holiday facilities for people needing dialysis

Arranging holidays

Haemodialysis

If you are on dialysis you can go holiday. There are a very large number of dialysis units around the UK and abroad that offer the chance to escape from home for more than a couple of days at a time.

If there is somewhere within the UK you wish to go to, your local unit should have access to a Critical Care Directory which will identify a dialysis unit local to the area you wish to visit that can be contacted to see if they take holiday patients. In addition, the list below offers a variety of venues and accommodation, which may be useful. It has been drawn from a number of sources, including the National Kidney Federation Holiday Booklet.

It does take time to organise holidays for people needing dialysis and you must talk to your local dialysis unit who will be able to tell you how long it takes and supply you with essential guidelines on the preparations that have to be made. You will probably have to allow about 2 months for holidays in the UK and longer for overseas.

Peritoneal dialysis

It is much easier to travel when you are on PD. Arrangements can be made for deliveries to your holiday destination, both in the UK and overseas through your supplier. Contact your Home Dialysis Administrator and they will advise you on the procedures required, but you should be able to travel to almost any popular holiday destination without too much difficulty.

You will need to provide your Home Dialysis Administration office with the address and telephone number of your destination and the dates of the holiday. You can go anywhere in the UK at about 2 weeks notice but you will need to allow anywhere between 6 weeks and three months when you travel abroad, particularly if your supplies have to be shipped out.

Travel insurance

Your local dialysis unit and home dialysis administration office may be able to give you advice and contact numbers.

The National Kidney Federation membership services offers travel insurance packages especially tailored to kidney patients and their families. Tel: 01277 23155 quoting your membership number.

You must make sure that your insurance covers pre-existing illnesses.

Going abroad?

If you are hoping to travel abroad, you need to be aware that some of the clinics will charge, whilst others, if they are state run and within the European Community, will provide free treatment if they accept form EHIC.

Form EHIC

This is available from your local DHSS office. It needs to be filled out; one part handed in before you go on holiday and the other taken with you on holiday

Blood tests

You will need a full set of blood tests for hepatitis B & C and HIV before you go. Units offering holiday dialysis will not accept you without a negative HIV test result and many will not accept you unless you are also hepatitis negative.

Pre-booking checklist

Before you finally book a holiday, you will need to have the answer to the following questions

1. Does the unit you want to go to accept visitors?

2. Can they dialyse you during the period that you intend to be there, meeting the number of sessions and hours that you require?

3. Will there be a charge or do they accept form E111 for free treatment

4. Do they accept patients who have tested positive for Hepatitis and HIV? It is not recommended that you dialyse in a unit that does accept these patients

Is there at least one English speaking nurse or doctor at the unit who will be available during your stay should medical problems arise?

6. Is your dialysis unit happy with the dialysis unit you want to go to?

If these questions are answered satisfactorily, there should be no reason why you cannot go ahead. Your local unit will help you to make the arrangements as the dialysis unit that you want to go to will need medical details and require an E111D filled in by your doctor (some units have their own form instead). The arrangements can take some time. You will need to allow at least 3 months for the arrangements to be made satisfactorily.

Other tips

Leave a contact address and telephone number with your local unit

1. Do not expect things to be the same as in your own unit

2. In hotter climates, the dialysis mixture you need may be stronger than you are used to

3. You may wish to take your own lignocaine, as some units do not offer this before needling.

4. In hotter climates you may sweat more which means that you may need to drink a little more. It is sensible to discuss this with your doctor before you go

5. Beware of ice in drinks! It needs to be made from bottled water

6. You will probably have to take your own EPO with you if you are taking it. To keep it cool, use a jiffy large enough to take a freezer block, put the EPO and the block together in the jiffy bag and seal it up

7. Take all your drugs, including the EPO as hand luggage. Do not put them in your main luggage!

Organisations providing holiday opportuniti

es

British Kidney Patients Association

The BKPA can help with destinations and may be able to help with grants to meet costs

Contact: Christine Barnett, BKPA, Bordon, Hants GU35 9JZ

Tel 01420 472021

Butlins UK Dialysis Holiday Centres

Bognor Regis & Skegness

For availability & details telephone: 0181 942 9555

Local Kidney Patient Associations (KPAs)

Many local KPAs have holiday facilities for their own members. Please ask your local association for details

Scout Holiday Home Trust

Provides caravans & chalets at Barrow, Bracklesham Bay, Exmouth, Felixstowe, Kidwelly, New Milton, Paignton, Poole, St Austell, Skipsea & North Wales. Accommodation can be up to 6 people. Standard design wheelchairs catered for. Reductions for families with a disabled member or special needs e.g. elderly, one parent, low income.

Contact: The Scout Holiday Home Trust, Baden-Powell House, Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS

Tel: 0171 584 7030

Destinations

The accuracy of the following list of centres cannot be guaranteed. You will need to double check the details with the advertised unit to ensure that a holiday service remains available and what requirements the unit has e.g. equipment you need to bring and cost, before you discuss booking through your local dialysis unit.

Some of the addresses are simply accommodation requiring you to make your own dialysis arrangements.

Centres in the United Kingdom & Ireland

Broadstairs, Kent

Barts Renal Patients Association Holiday House

Two self-contained flats in a single house, 5 minutes from the sea and shops.

Contact: John & Dorothy Leeson, 10 Queens Gardens, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8EB

Tel: 01708 501055

Blackpool, Lancashire

Devonshire Road Hospital

A minimal care unit in the community hospital. Open all year round. Staffed by 4 nurses with support of consultant physician at the local District General Hospital.

Contact: Sister, Renal Dialysis Unit, Devonshire Road Hospital, Devonshire Road, Blackpool, FY3 8AZ

Tel: 01253 303307

Bristol, Avon

BUPA Hospital

Contact: Grace Stimson, Dialysis Manager, ‘The Glen’, Redland Hill, Durdham Down, Bristol, BS6 7JJ

Tel: 0117 973 2562

Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Triple C Healthcare

Contact: Cotswold Dialysis Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Campus, Horton Road, Gloucester GL1 3NJ

Tel: 01452 394848 Fax: 01452 394849

Emsworth, Hampshire

C

haring Cross Holiday Dialysis Trust

Single house converted into 2 self-catering flats, with large garden including heated outdoor swimming pool, games room, barbecue area and full laundry facilities. Resident wardens, 2 dialysis cabins in gardens close to house. Full time qualified nurse, dialysis trained.

Contact: Sister Ellie Faber, tel: 01243 374497

Exeter area

Exeter Kidney Unit & Torbay Satellite Units

Units in Exeter, Newton Abbot & Barnstaple

Contact: Sister P. Woodhams, Clinical Nurse Manager, Exeter Kidney Unit, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 5DW

Tel: 01392 402519 Fax: 01392 402527

Jersey

Dialysis unit - Portelet Bay

Run by BKPA. Sessions are mornings Sunday to Fridays, from May to September.

Contact: Christine Barnett, BKPA, Bordon, Hants GU35 9JZ

Tel 01420 472021

Ludlow, Shropshire

Holiday cottage

Cottage with superb views across farmland to Clee Hills. One twin bedroom, french windows to sun terrace, bathroom with shower, TV, wood burner, double bed sofa & garden. Owner is on CAPD therefore used to dealing with fluid deliveries.

Contact: Krystina & Michael Wills, Brookrow Cottage, Coreley, Ludlow, SY8 3AW Tel: 01584 890146

Norman’s Bay (between Eastbourne & Hastings)

South Eastern KPA caravan

Quiet private site by Norman’s Bay. Only a few minutes walk from the railway station & the sea. Caravan has mains services & calor gas, TV, microwave.

Contact: Peter Sumners, 2 Kings Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EJ

Tel: 01444 413303

Norwich

Jubilee Renal Unit, West Norwich Hospital

Contact: Mr Eric Tan, Jubilee Renal Unit, West Norwich Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TU

Tel: 01603 288246

Plymouth

Derriford Hospital

Modern purpose built dialysis unit.

Contact: Linda Durbridge, Dialysis Unit, Durbridge Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8DH

Tel: 01752 792464

 

Overseas destinations

1. International Dialysis Network (IDN)

The International Dialysis Network is a membership organisation open to all dialysis centres that accept travel patients and who meet certain standards of patient care

Worldwide Headquarters

Michel Botton, 8 rue de Fauborg, Poissonniere, 75010 Paris, France

Tel: 00 33 1 44 83 02 60 Fax: 0033 1 44 83 02 50

European Headquarters

Mrs Dominique Ponsard, Friedrichstrasse 10, 45458 Mulhbeim/Ruhr, Germany

Tel: 00 49 208 33 059 Fax: 00 49 208 38 0214

French Office

M. Jean-Christophe Bourrie, 10 rue Jean Mermoz, 77210 Avon, France

Tel: 00 33 1 64 22 60 67 Fax: 00 33 1 60 72 50 62

US Representative

Dr. S. Aswad, Renal Care International, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-0416, USA

Tel: 00 1 818 336 1810 Fax: 00 1 818 336 5555

Asian Representative

Ms Linda Tan, 322-B King George’s Avenue, Singapore 0820

Tel: 00 65 737 0071 Fax: 00 65 737 8167

Japanese Representative

Mr S. Nishimoto, Osaka Tours Co. Ltd.

Tel: 00 81 6 325 1111 Fax: 00 81 6 326 0505

2. IDN Destinations

Balearic Islands

Dr Nizar, Ibidialyse

Tel: 00 34 731 33 64 94 Fax: 00 34 71 33 64 60

Canada

Mr Igal Holtzer, Director, Dialysis Management Cliniques Inc., 4394 Steeles Avenue East, Suite 220, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 9V8

Tel: 00 1 416 783 43 35 Fax: 00 1 416 785 83 28

Canaries

Dr Monzon, Club Hemodialysis Maspolomas, Centio Commercial NILO, Playa de Los Ingles, Gran Canaria

Tel: 00 34 28 76 43 49 Fax: 00 34 28 76 51 36

Corsica

Dr Marraoui, Clinique De l’Ospedale, RN 198 Carrefour de l’Ospedale, 20137 Porto Vecchio.

Tel: 00 33 95 73 80 00 Fax: 00 33 95 70 15 54

France

Paris

Dr X. Picart, Unit René Moreau-Andra, 31 rue d’Amsterdam, 75008, Paris

Tel: 00 33 1 40 16 90 94 Fax: 00 33 1 42 82 13 57

Hauteville

Dr Genevive Bianchi, Regina Medical Center, Avenue Felix Mangind, 01110 Hauteville

Tel: 00 33 74 40 29 18 Fax: 00 33 74 35 39 52

N.B. - membership pending

Nice

Centre de la Riviera, 50 avenue de Nice, 06600 Antibes

Tel: 00 33 93 95 12 93 Fax: 00 33 93 33 37 63

N.B. - membership pending

Serena

Dr Robert, 83830 Figanieres

Tel: 00 33 94 67 26 96 Fax: 00 33 94 60 43 39

Germany - Munich

Dr Nattermamm, Dialyse im Zentrum, Lindwurmstrar 23, 80337 Munchen, Germany

Tel: 00 49 89 54 39 009 Fax: 00 49 89 54 39 099

Hungary

Dialysis Center Sorpon, Dr V. Lios, Holiday Services International

Tel: 00 39 373 97 43 18 Fax: 00 39 373 97 42 01

Indonesia

Dr R C Sulling, Mediros Hospital, JL Perintis Kemerkelcann Kav 149, Jakarta, Timur 13260, Indonesia

Tel: 00 62 21 488 0042 Fax: 00 62 21 489 19 37

Italy

Chiavari, Tuscany

Centro Dialysis Chiavari, J. Peronna, Holiday Services International

Tel: 00 39 373 97 43 18 Fax: 00 39 373 97 42 01

Falconara

Centro Dialysis Falconara, Manuela Moretti, Holiday Services International

Tel: 00 39 373 97 43 18 Fax: 00 39 373 97 42 01

Verona

Azienda Ospedaliera Di Verona, Dr V De Blasé, Servizio Dialysis O. C>M, Piazzale Stefani 37126, Verona, Italy

Tel: 00 39 45 808 26 49 Fax: 00 39 45 807 3129

Israel, Tel Aviv

Mr Ariel Margalit, Renal Medical Service, 31 Altase, Tel Eviv, Israel

Tel: 00 972 3 681 79 36 Fax: 00 973 682 43 91

Japan

Mr S. Nishimoto, Osaka Tours Co. Ltd.

Tel: 00 81 6 325 1111 Fax: 00 81 6 326 0505

Morocco, Agadir

Dr H Zamare & Dr Mounie, Centre D’Hemodialyse D’Agadur, Villa n 10 ext X BP 3152, 8005 Agadir, Morocco

Tel: 00 212 8 82 15 83 Fax: 00 212 8 84 33 00

Mauritius

Dr Mrs J Rampol, AURAM, Hospital SSRN, Pamplemoussees District, Mauritius

Tel: 00 230 243 41 82 Fax: 00 230 243 41 96

Mexico, Monterrey

Mrs A Gonzalez de Perez, Cenro Renal De Monterry, Carlos M Alayan no 2306, Col Lomas CP, 64030 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 64030

Tel: 00 52 8 348 16 91

Poland, Cracow

Dr A Milkowski, Cracow Dialysis Department, Rydygier Hospital

Tel: 00 48 12 47 05 45 Fax: 00 48 12 47 41 30

Russia, Moscow

Dr A Denisov, Moscow Central Clinic Hospital

Tel: 00 7 95 414 06 64 Fax: 00 7 95 405 03 54

Spain, Almeira, Cadiz, Ciudad Real, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla, Teruel

Ms Ana Conejo, Amex

Tel: 00 34 1 433 87 13 Fax: 00 34 1 433 46 08

NB Membership pending

Taiwan

Ms Jackie Lee, Manager, Leisure Travel Service Corp

Tel: 00 886 2 504 44 19 Fax: 00 886 2 594 79 97

Tunisia

Clinique El Manar, Mr Jean Pallau

Tel: 00 216 1 885 000 Fax: 00 216 1 885 100

Centre De Dialyse Hammamet, Nabeul, Dr Amir Douad, Km 9 Route d’Hammamet, BP 12 – 8050 Mammamet, Tunisia

Tel: 00 216 2 282 670 Fax: 00 216 2 280 677

USA

Florida

Ms Patsy Anders, Renex, 2222 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 300 Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Tel: 00 1 3305 448 2044 Fax: 00 1 305 448 1154

Hawaii

Mr Craig Chapman, Dialysis Center Honolulu,

Tel: 00 1 808 293 17 36 Fax: 00 1 808 293 20 66

Las Vegas

Mr Paul Maine, Dialysis System Inc, 2300 McDaniel Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

Tel: 00 1 702 878 09 08 Fax: 00 1 212 725 35 38

Los Angeles

Dr. S. Aswad, Renal Care International, 14831 East Whittler Boulevard, Whittler, CA 90605, USA

Tel: 00 1 818 336 1810 Fax: 00 1 818 336 5555

3. Other European Destinations

Greek Islands

Rhodes

Dialysis unit run by American trained doctor. Free treatment with E111

Contact: Dr Marai Volanakis, Nephrology Dept, Rhodes General Hospital, Rhodes Town, Rhodes 85100, Greece

Tel: 00 30 241 22 222

Portugal

Lisbon

Travel agency in Lisbon with excellent relations with Medicassis dialysis centre at Estoril. They can book transfers, hotels, restaurants & guarantee dialysis treatment

Contact: Vimeca Viag. E Turismo

Tel: 00 351 1 411 3939 Fax: 00 351 1 411 2551

Port Imaio, Algarve

Contact: Chris Gleadell, Freedom Travel & Apartments Ltd, 1 Middlefield Road, Cossington, Leicester LE7 4UT

Tel: 01509 815999 Fax: 01509 815889

Italy, Chiavari, Tuscany

Centro Dialisi Golfo Del Tigullio

Run by Fresenius. BKPA can arrange group or individual holidays. Special hotel rates organised through Fresenius. Holiday grants may be available on application to BKPA. Special facilities for Hepatitis positive patients

Contact: Christine Barnett at BKPA, tel: o1420 472021

Spanish Islands

Majorca

Fully equipped private clinic in Palma (including restaurant & swimming pool for partners who prefer to wait at the clinic) and satellite units at Manacor and Inca. Free treatment with E111. Booking fee £40.

All patients must be Hep B (AA) & HIV negative. Treatments available morning & afternoon, open year round, mid-week bookings available. You book your own flight and accommodation.

Contact: Nephco International, 10 High Street, Totton, Southampton, Hants, SO4 4HN

Tel: 01703 868411/ 871003 Fax: 01703 872107

or Chris Gleadell, Freedom Travel & Apartments Ltd, 1 Middlefield Road, Cossington, Leicester LE7 4UT

Tel: 01509 815999 Fax: 01509 815889. No booking fee

Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz & Playa de las Americas

Free treatment with E111, open year round. All patients must be Hep B (AA) & HIV negative

Contact: Chris Gleadell, Freedom Travel & Apartments Ltd, 1 Middlefield Road, Cossington, Leicester LE7 4UT

Tel: 01509 815999 Fax: 01509 815889

Turkey, Larakent

Private clinic charging per dialysis session. CAPD available also. Credit cards accepted

Contact: ECE Holiday Dialysis Centre Ofo Caddesi, Larakent, Sitesi 14, 07003 Antalya, Turkey

Tel: 00 90 242 349 2004 Fax: 00 90 242 349 2005

4. Other world-wide destinations

Australia, Central Australia

Red Centre Dialysis Services provide facilities for those wishing to dialyse in Central Australia, providing a service for patients in the comfort of their own accommodation. They employ qualified nursing personnel, have access to a renal physician and local hospital backup if needed.

Contact: Red Centre Dialysis Services, 46 Bokhara Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territories, Australia

Tel: 61 89 550 250

USA

Facilities are available across the USA. For further details by State please contact the National Kidney Federation tel: 01909 487 795

5. Cruises

Dialysis at Sea Cruises

An agency providing cruise travel opportunities for people on dialysis

Contact: Unique Reservations Inc, 107 13th Street, PO Box 218, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 33785

Tel: 00 1 813 596 0203


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