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Coming to the Isle of Wight
The thought of going on holiday when you need dialysis can be a daunting experience.
Here on the beautiful Isle of Wight, the team at the Isle of Wight Dialysis Unit will try to make the process as easy as possible.
Based at St Mary's Hospital Newport, the Isle of Wight Dialysis Unit is part of the Wessex Kidney Centre (based at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust).
If you've been stable on dialysis for over six months and are fit to travel, please give the holiday coordinator a call on 01983 821314 between 0900 and 1500, Monday to Friday.
It's worth remembering that the Isle of Wight Dialysis Unit is a small, friendly unit in one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations. As such, there is limited availability for holiday dialysis and it gets booked up quickly. Please plan ahead!
This in from Joan Bailey...
My husband Alex has been on dialysis for 4 years and for nearly 2 years has been using the NX stage system at home. Having dialysis at home does give us a more flexible lifestyle and more confidence to manage our new way of life. In 2014 we decided to travel to Spain for a holiday. The Nx stage system can be transported for holidays, but we decided to arrange for Alex to have his treatment at the Hospital in Torromolinos. We contacted Freedom Travel and they were very helpful and made all the arrangements. We had to arrange to have a blood test for Hepatitis and HIV and swabs for MRSA about a month before travel and the results forwarded to Freedom Travel. We then received an introduction letter to the dialysis unit at Torromolinos and we just turned up at the time and date as arranged. We just had to take our passport and EH1C card. We had the early morning session and Alex had a taxi from the hotel to the unit and they arranged a taxi back at lunch time.
The treatment he received was excellent. The staff caring and efficient, although only a few had any English Alex had no problems with communication. A Doctor visited the unit daily. We went to the same unit last November and they remembered him and hope to see him again next year.
As Spain was such a success we went to Tenerife last February and now there will be no stopping us with our travels. Going abroad is obviously not as simple as it used to be prior to dialysis it just takes a bit longer to arrange but well worth it when you are relaxing in the sun with a nice glass of wine. In Spain we stayed in Benalmedina and the hotel had a bus stop outside and a lift from the foyer down to the beach so it was ideal for us as Alex doesn't walk too far.
Freedom have a list of several holiday destinations that take the EH1C card and others where you have to pay.
The Isle of Wight Kidney Patients' Association is a Registered Charity (No. 298041)