Travelling in the UK when you have cancer might mean you need to plan ahead a little.
Some things to think about are:
- how will you get to and from your holiday?
- do you need any equipment, such as bath aids or a commode?
- what are your accommodation needs – do you need to be on the ground floor or have extra space around the bed?
Getting help with travel
You can get help with your travel if you need it. For example, you can book with the train company to have help getting on and off the train. Or you can book a buggy at the airport to take you to the departure gate.
The Red Cross can arrange a car, driven by a volunteer, to take you to and from your holiday within the UK. They ask for a donation and the amount will depend on the length of the journey. Contact your local branch.
Tourism For All and Disability Rights UK can suggest holiday accommodation that’s suitable for older people or people with disabilities.
Care while you're away
If you’re a UK citizen and need any care or treatment while you’re away, you can go to the nearest hospital and it will be free.
Take a doctor’s letter with you, showing all your medical details, in case you do need treatment. This will make it much easier for you and for the staff at the hospital.
You might be due to have a routine blood test or an injection while you’re away. Your medical team can arrange this with the nearest hospital before you go.
Some people find it helpful to carry a medical identity bracelet or necklace. This has your illness and an emergency number on it.
Help with the cost of your holiday
You might be able to get help with the cost of your holiday. Some cancer charities offer financial help to cancer patients and their families.
For example, Macmillan Cancer Support offers grants to people with cancer who have a low income.
Citizens Advice may have details of charities in your area that can help with holiday costs. Look in your local phone book or search online for your nearest Citizens Advice service.