Kay Yeowart, co-founder of the PHA UK, has this advice for travelling abroad when you have pulmonary hypertension:
Consider your destination carefully – will it be too hot at certain times of the year? How easy will it be to get to the hotel room?
Order your medication for your holiday well in advance, especially if you will be away for a long time.
Split your medication between hand luggage and hold luggage, and always take more than you think you will need.
If you need to take medical equipment or drugs through airport security, ask your doctor for a letter to explain why you need them.
Always keep a list of your medication and important telephone numbers on you, in case of emergency, and make sure the details of your specialist centre are included.
Visit your local pharmacy before you travel if you have any questions about medication – they are experts and you don’t need an appointment.
Keep your medication in a safe in your hotel room. This is important!
Consider booking through a travel agent if you want one point of contact for questions about your holiday.
Make a checklist before you go. This will help you prepare well, meaning you can relax and look forward to your holiday!