Patients Can Schedule Out-of-Town Dialysis
You don't have to say “no” to traveling for business or pleasure just because you are on dialysis. With some planning and preparation, you can enjoy a family vacation, go back home for a class reunion, or RSVP “yes” to an out-of-town wedding.
Contact our Social Worker at (360) 414-2200 to learn about opportunities for scheduling out-of-town dialysis services. BEFORE your appointment, your home dialysis unit will need to complete this form (pdf) and send it to Dialysis Services by email or fax (360) 414-2226.
To make the most of your trip, keep these tips in mind:
- Start planning your trip as far in advance as possible. Arrange for a dialysis center at least four weeks before traveling, if possible.
- Ask your dialysis staff or use an online resource to find a dialysis center in the area you'll be visiting. All dialysis patients-regardless of the type of dialysis they're on-should locate a dialysis center in the area they're visiting. You need to know where to go in case you need help or forget something.
- Find out what your insurance will cover so you don't have any surprise expenses.
- Be sure to take the name and contact information for the dialysis center where you'll receive treatments while away from home.
- Most dialysis centers will need information about your health, including your medical records and recent lab reports, an EKG and chest x-ray, your dialysis prescription, recent treatment records, dialysis access type, insurance information, a list of the medications you take plus your local phone number and contact information. This information should be carried by hand and not packed in checked baggage.
- When making your reservation for air or train travel, ask for special meals, if needed, such as diabetic, vegetarian, low salt, low fat, etc. Be sure to bring your own diet-appropriate snacks for travel delays and long trips.
- When checking in for a train or plane, request help boarding if needed.
- When reserving a hotel room, ask for a handicapped-accessible or first-floor room, if that is what you need.
- Bring along extra medication in case you get delayed while traveling.
- If you are planning to travel abroad, check with your doctor about any vaccinations you may need before traveling.
If you have any questions, please contact Dialysis Services: (360) 414-2200.