Medical oxygen and travel

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Medical oxygen need is increasing across Europe and the world especially now with more respiratory problems since the pandemic. Whether travelling for pleasure or business these air travellers can have difficulty planning the trip. It has been common for travellers to not understand fully how to plan or for an airline to be slow in response.

Just remember:

  • Plan as far in advance as possibly
  • Contact your chosen airline to advise them of your requirements
  • When you book seats possibly try to be near the toilets and the aisle
  • You oxygen supplier at your destination is responsible for back ups and training
  • Make sure you leave enough time so the travel is not stressful or exhausting

OxygenWorldwide have been arranging medical oxygen for holiday for over 20 years so please feel free to discuss your requirements with the team here

Quick Facts for traveling with oxygen

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  • Speak to your GP or doctor so you can take a letter with you that explains your exact condition
  • During any flight make sure you move about to get your circulation going; you can do some simple foot movements in your seat or go for a little wander down the aisles
  • Keep your fluids up whilst traveling especially if going on a long trip
  • When you are at an airport you can ask for special assistance; especially if you find walking a struggle
  • Arrange your medical oxygen to be at your accommodation; allow enough time to do this – the sooner the better to confirm delivery and your exact requirements
  • Have a great holiday!!!

Airlines and their policies

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For those looking to jet set across the skies this summer you may be wondering about how they all have different policies when it comes to medical oxygen. Please check out our useful links area @oxygenworldwide where we have listed the top airline carriers.

Click below to take you straight to our website and read more regarding travel with medical oxygen.

https://www.oxygenworldwide.com/general/links.html

Do not forget to check specific requirement when prior to travelling and inform them of you needs. Most airlines will help you but you just need to plan this in advance and make them aware.

For help and advice call or email our team anytime for more information. Feel free to contact the team with any oxygen travel queries here.

These airlines now require no masks whilst on-board

This week there was a green light for the travel industry and passengers to and from the UK. After such a difficult two years throughout the pandemic, finally this week there was good news. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced an easing of mask wearing on their flights from UK. The UK has had an easing of restrictions since the beginning of the year and now with more people feeling safe to travel again there was even more change.

Now if the destination does not require mask wearing on public transport then this will not be compulsory on these flights for passengers. Of course if you wish to wear a mask you can and on board these flights staff will also wear mask when needed for those passengers who prefer.

There will still be a need for mask if the destination still has this rule in place. A step forward for getting the travel industry back on its feet.

Please check with your airline if you are planning to travel but also this week Heathrow airport also announced mask wearing was not compulsory apart for in close situations throughout the airport.

Tui and Jet2 have also followed with this change for England and N Ireland flights. Scotland and Wales still require mask wearing so this will still be in place for those locations.

Please do check before travelling and if you are still unsure about this change you are still welcome to make that personal choice.

If you are travelling and in need of medical oxygen please do contact our team for a quote.


5 things to know if its safe to travel to right now

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Travel has certainly been up and down the last couple of years. Since COVID restrictions started to ease and travel became easier the industry has seen a high demand for those wanting and needing to travel. Everyone wants to explore new destinations and also see family again. Now with the Ukraine and Russia invasion travellers may be left confused, worried or unsure if travel can still go ahead – especially is in European countries.

What travellers need to know is:

  1. You are still safe to travel to other European countries at the moment
  2. Please still do update yourself with current coronavirus rules for the country you are travelling to
  3. For neighbouring countries to Ukraine please be aware that many of these places have had an influx of refugees and emergency support set up to help
  4. Keep up to date with the news just in case of any air space changes
  5. Don’t cancel your travel plans just yet; especially as air lines may see an increase in fuel prices which will in turn be passed onto the customer

If you are also travelling with medical oxygen please do speak to to @oxygenworldwide team for current guidance and support for your trip.

Staying warm and well this winter

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Winter is here. For many its a time to get excited for all the festivities as we warm up for spending time with loved ones, take a break or have some time out to see out the end of another (tough) year. But for many it can anticipate worry, anxiety and even cause for concern if you have a respiratory disease such as asthma, COPD or bronchitis. Many will be short of breath, coughing more or even not wanting to leave the house to avoid worsening conditions especially in times where coughing and having a cold makes many even more wary with Covid-19.

The best advice is to Keep Warm and to Keep Active. These two elements will help you be less severe and stay away from worsening your conditions. And the most important piece of advice is if you are unwell please do speak with you GP or doctor for further advice. Leaving the house may give many anxiety but a short walk in your local area and getting fresh air is so important for your physical and mental health.

Staying warm is important to keep your body temperature up. Carefully plan your ability to keep you house warm, wear extra layers of clothing and even thick socks and long-sleeved tops. Moving about will help to keep your temperature warm and strengthen those lungs which is very important at this time of year.
You may be travelling this winter to visit or be with your family so please do speak with our team for advice and arrangements to allow you one less thing to worry about when arranging medical oxygen on holiday.

Wherever in the world – we are here…

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More than ever oxygen is vital.

Many people may need medical oxygen very quickly, very suddenly and be anywhere in the world. Luckily OxygenWorldwide have you right by their side. With over 20 years experience and trusted relationships the team will help advise, guide and provide you with all your medical oxygen needs – wherever you are.

You may now need to plan travel arrangements or to see family and friends as we have all been apart for a while and more than ever we are all wanting to be near each other once again.

OxygenWorldwide arranges the delivery of medical oxygen worldwide to many countries. If you are planning to travel or need medical oxygen get in touch to arrange your requirements with our team. We are here to help you.

Explore these 3 countries and breathe more this autumn

autumn and the great outdoors

Those autumnal vibes are really starting to kick in now and it gives many of us the appetite to explore the great outdoors! If you spent the last few months not travelling then maybe now it is a chance to get a small trip in from a local night away, city break or week long adventure – the choice is yours.

Here are the 3 top places which you can travel to in Europe right now:

Cyprus – Here you do need to provide a negative COVID test 3 days prior if from the UK, but you can still travel here and enjoy the great east Mediterranean winter sun right now. This is a great choice if you are looking for some last-minute warmth plus of the mythical beauty and history.

Germany – there are no regulations from the EU so this makes the perfect place to travel to and explore its culture and many choices. From mountains and rivers to beaches and great beer! The choice is yours to discover somewhere new this autumn.

Italy – Full of beautiful and stunning areas it may be hard to choose and of course the great dining culture makes a perfect place to enjoy, relax and explore. From small towns and clifftop villages to the more well known regions you are spoilt for choice not to forget great vineyards and pasta!

Please note most countries update their lists weekly so please do check before booking on all travel requirements and regulations or restrictions depending on what country you are departing from.

To have our help with arranging your next adventure with medical oxygen – please just get in touch by phone, email or via our website here

Top tips for travelling with Oxygen this Christmas

 
It is now that time of year when you start feeling a little more festive. Christmas lights switch on, families and friends start planning get-togethers and gatherings and out come the cosy jumpers and woolly hats. Planning gifts and hosting dinner parties may seem jolly but some people may be feeling stress and a bit anxious travelling with oxygen over the Christmas season.

Do not worry at all here at OxygenWorldwide we can let you spend more time downloading your favourite book, Christmas playlist and purchasing presents for your loved ones so just leave the organisation of medical oxygen for you travel needs to us! 


Here are 5 top tips when travelling with oxygen over the festive period:


1) Make sure you have notified everyone on your expected times of arrival and where you are staying to ensure that your supply arrives at the correct location / date / time

2) Ensure you pack everything you will need for the destination you are visiting. Especially over the winter months take extra care in packing the right clothes for the temperature. Many countries over winter months drop and you will need to keep warm

3) Always take more than enough supply of medication with you – transportation car / train / boar or plane especially in colder climates could be delayed or cancelled and pro-long your trip

4) If you are staying with friends and family make sure they have OWW contact details as we are available for help 24/7 and can help if something goes wrong with your oxygen supply during your trip

5) Most of all enjoy Christmas and unwind. Relaxing is the best medicine as well as laughter and joy. Make memories during your trip that will last a lifetime.


For all your oxygen needs please do speak to one of our expert team at www.oxygenworldwide.com

Taking oxygen abroad on holiday

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  1. Its not as difficult as you think to travel with medical oxygen
  2. Now we may be biased but with over 20 years experience here at OxygenWorldwide we can help organise this for your holiday
  3. If travelling abroad by train, coach or car then as long as you plan ahead any mode of transport is possible
  4. First speak with your doctor to make sure you are fit to travel especially as some airlines will want to know if you are certified Fit to Fly
  5. Plan how long you will be abroad for as this will determine how much medical oxygen you will need to pre-book in advance along with some spare (just in case)
  6. Make sure you take all your required medications with you
  7. Lastly enjoy your holiday and relax and explore