What to do if you're considering travelling abroad or in the UK with kidney disease, including Dialysis Away from Base (DAFB)

Travelling with kidney disease always requires careful planning, but this is particularly true since Covid-19 emerged.

Travelling abroad as a kidney patient

If you are thinking of travelling abroad, it may be helpful to speak to your doctor about the risk from Covid-19 in the country you are thinking of travelling to. There are no Covid-19 travel rules in place for people arriving in the UK from abroad. Other countries may have rules in place.

If you receive dialysis in hospital or a satellite unit, there may be additional safety precautions in place for when you return. Speak to your unit before you travel.

See each UK nation’s government website for more information on travelling abroad:

Travelling in the UK: Dialysis Away from Base

People who would like to use Dialysis Away From Base (DAFB) within the UK should have a discussion with their clinical team as soon as possible, as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to the DAFB system.

It is particularly important to contact your home unit before planning your trip, to confirm arrangements upon your return following your DAFB.

If you would like to speak to one of our Advocacy Officers about the best way to work with your unit to plan DAFB, please get in touch with Kidney Care UK.

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