Travelling on dialysis

Dialysis does not have to prevent you from travelling. Here you can learn more about the arrangements you will need to make in order to undergo dialysis safely while you’re away from home.   

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For many chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, remaining mobile and able to travel is an important part of maintaining independence. You may need to travel for work or family commitments or want to travel simply because you enjoy it - and while travelling on dialysis may require special arrangements, you may still fulfil your travel wishes.

Dialysis Patient On a Holiday with Family

Can dialysis patients travel?

Yes, it is possible for most dialysis patients to travel and to continue their treatment while being away from home. Your clinician may even encourage you to travel, if you are able, because of the emotional boost it can give you. It is important that you talk to your clinician before you make any specific travel plans so that they can advise you about how to travel safely and help you make arrangements for staying on your treatment schedule while you’re away.

Travelling on Dialysis

Can patients waiting for transplants travel?

Yes, it is also possible to travel while you are active on a transplant waitlist. However, you do need to inform your transplant coordinator about your travel plans. They will be able to advise you about whether you will be able to return home from your trip quickly enough to accept a kidney, if one becomes available while you’re away. Otherwise, you can also choose to be “on hold” during the time that you’re travelling. It is important to get accurate information about how this process works for the specific waitlist that you are on, so be proactive about seeking the answers to these questions before you make any plans to leave home.

Travelling while on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Travelling while on peritoneal dialysis (PD)

Because peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients can frequently have their supplies delivered to their travel destination, they often only need to bring their cycler, if they are on Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD). This means that it is typically easier to travel on PD than other types of dialysis. However, you still need to plan ahead of time on how you will pack and transport everything you need for treatment, or plan for delivery of treatment products.

Travelling while on Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

Travelling while on home haemodialysis (home HD)

Most home haemodialysis (Home HD) patients will need to arrange in advance to get in-centre treatment at a centre close to their travel destination. Your hospital should have a travel co-ordinator that can help you make these plans, so speak to your healthcare team about getting the support you need. Also make sure you carry any medical information you will need to receive treatment on your trip.

Travelling while on In-centre Haemodialysis (In-centre HD)

Travelling while on in-centre haemodialysis (in-centre HD)

If you’re receiving in-centre haemodialysis (in-centre HD) treatments, you need to arrange in advance to be treated at a centre close to your destination. Most centres are experienced in coordinating treatments for travelling patients, so be sure to ask your healthcare team whether there is someone at your centre who can help you.

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