Travelling with kidney disease always requires careful planning, but this is particularly true during Covid-19 times.
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. Rules regarding testing and quarantine may be place, either in the UK or the country you are visiting.
If you receive dialysis in hospital or a satellite unit, there may also be additional safety precautions in place for when you return.
See each UK nation 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. Read the latest DAFB guidelines published by professional and patient kidney societies.
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.