Medical Travel

Travelling abroad with a disability – Barrier- free Travel

According to the Association of British Travel Agents, (ABTA), under European law (regulation 1107/2006), all passengers who have a disability can receive assistance when they fly, free of charge. Travel operators are obliged to meet accessibility standards.

Garry Nelson of AllClear, a specialist in medical travel insurance gives some top tips to minimise risk and maximise your holiday enjoyment:

Plan ahead – whether you have a mobility issue, a visual impairment or any other disability, you’ll need to plan ahead to make sure you get the right service for you. If you have a wheelchair, for example, ask whether the aeroplane, boat, bus or train has wheelchair accessible areas, and if you have a carer, where he or she will be seated.

Speak to your healthcare provider – if you feel the journey might be uncomfortable for you, speak to your GP or medical healthcare provider and see whether they can suggest anything to help make the journey more comfortable. If you take medication for your condition, ask for a prescription to cover the time you’ll be away, as well as a little extra in case your flight is delayed. Ask about taking medication when crossing time zones. If your airline requires a ‘fit to travel’ note, or a letter from your doctor authorising you to carry certain medications, arrange this with plenty of time to spare.

Research accommodation – it’s important to thoroughly discuss all your requirements with your travel company, and don’t feel you need to stick to staying in hotels. Many lodges on safari, for example, feature fully accessible and adapted rooms, and even some tented camps are suitably modified.

Follow the FCO advice – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) provides travel advice on some 225 countries or territories and gives best advice on where/where not to travel. The Travel Health Pro and NHS Fit To Travel websites are other useful sources of information.

Remember, you will not be covered on your travel insurance if you travel to a country or area where the FCO advises the public not to travel.

Help for hard of hearing – for travellers hard of hearing, airlines should provide telecommunication devices for the deaf, or text telephones.

Find the right medical travel insurance – Specialist travel insurance will provide reassurance that if anything should happen while you are on holiday, you’ll be fully covered. It is vital that you declare everything so your insurers have accurate information on all pre-existing medical conditions.

Obtain an EHIC card – an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) can provide low cost, or even free, healthcare if travelling within the EU. A card can be ordered at no charge via the NHS’ website. It’s important to note that this card IS NOT a substitute for comprehensive medical travel insurance.

Know your destination – Do some research on your holiday destination – just in case. What is the availability and affordability of private healthcare? Does the country offer a free healthcare system? Is English widely spoken in hospitals? Are there any specific health risks or diseases associated with a country that you should be aware of?  What vaccinations are required? And is there good availability of standard prescriptions? The chances are you won’t need to consider any of these things while on holiday, but it can’t hurt to be prepared.

 

 

Danubius Health Spa Resort, Slovakia

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Danubius Health Spa Resort in Irma, Slovakia, features over 60 medical and spa treatments and is situated directly on top of the healing springs of Piestany. This 5-star hotel uses the healing springs to deliver a host of wellness treatments and other services. The facility also features a centrally-located mud pool.

In addition to the treatments carried out by the healing springs, the health spa also features beauty and fitness services. Beauty, cosmetic, and relaxation treatments are available on behalf of French cosmetic brand Clarins, and personal training and fitness consultations are also available.

Danubius Health Spa Resort received the 2017 International Thermal Medical Bath of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

Visit: www.danubiushotels.com for more information.

 

Advanced Hair Clinics, Greece

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Advanced Hair Clinics, based in Athens, Greece, has locations throughout the country as well as in Denmark and Albania. The Athens location serves as the largest hair transplantation clinic, and its services provide both men and women with treatment for hair loss. The founder of the clinics is plastic surgeon Dr. Anastasios Vekris MD, regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities in hair transplantation.

The Athens facility is the only Advanced Hair Clinics location to carry out the forward-thinking method of FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction. This entails removing hair follicles from the donor and implanting them in groups of one to four hairs.

Advanced Hair Clinics received the 2017 International Hair Clinic of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

Visit: www.advancedhairclinics.gr for more information.

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Imperial Dental Specialist Centre, Malaysia

The Imperial Dental Specialist Centre is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The centre specialises in dental, skeletal, soft tissue and neuromuscular issues of the craniofacial area.

The Imperial Dental Specialist Centre won the 2016 IMTJ award for international dental clinic of the year.

 

Apollo Hospitals, India

Located in various destinations in India, Apollo Hospitals has consistently led game-changing developments in healthcare by bringing to the people, the latest innovations in key medical specialities and superspecialities on par with the West.

Apollo Hospitals won the 2016 IMTJ award for international stem cell treatment centre of the year.

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Hospitals/Clinics Listing

 

Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

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Established in 1980, the hospital provides for more than 1 million patients per year, including over 400,000 international patients from 190 countries. It was the first hospital in Asia to obtain a JCI accreditation (2002) and the first Asian hospital to receive JCI disease-specific accreditations for its stroke and heart programme. It has been accredited several times since then.

This 580-bed facility provides a wide range of tertiary healthcare services, including 19 operating rooms equipped for most general surgery and surgical specialties. Some are minimally invasive, including cardiothoracic, orthopedic, urological, ophthalmological, laser, transplant, and otolaryngological (ear, nose, and throat) surgeries.

Bumrungrad International is one of Thailand’s many JCI-accredited hospitals, Bumrungrad