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 even when you are not in Singapore.

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

Couple with camera and luggage travelling while on dialysis

Can Dialysis Patients Travel?

Yes, it's possible for most dialysis patients in Singapore to travel and to continue their treatment while being away from home. Your doctor may even encourage you to travel, if you're able, because of the emotional boost it can give you. Talk to your doctor before you make any specific travel plans so they can advise you on how to travel safely and help you make arrangements for staying on your treatment schedule while you’re away.

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Travelling While on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Before traveling, you will need to plan ahead of time on how you will pack and transport everything you need for treatment, or plan for the delivery of treatment products. Read more to know what you should prepare for your trip!

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Travelling While on Haemodialysis (HD)

If you're receiving haemodialysis (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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Can Transplant Waiting Patients Travel?

Yes, it's also possible to travel while you're 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's important to get accurate information about how this process works for the specific waitlist that you're on, so be proactive about seeking the answers to these questions before you make any plans to leave home.

Tips for travelling while on a transplant waitlist:

  1. Discuss travel plans with your doctor in advance.
  2. Obtain a travel letter and prescription from your doctor.
  3. Pack enough medication to last a few days more than the length of your trip, in case of an unexpected delay getting home.
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Being a caregiver or a loved one to a dialysis patient means that your life will change in one way or another. Knowing what to expect will help prepare you for the journey ahead. Read more about what to expect when caring for dialysis patients: how you can support your loved one, and why it's important to care for yourself.

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