What is fit to fly?

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flying with medical oxygen

Most travellers with existing medical conditions are able to fly without difficulty. However, occasionally certain precautions need to be taken.
A fitness to fly form is required to be completed when:

  • Fitness to travel is in doubt as a result of recent illness, hospitalisation, injury or surgery
  • If you have an existing unstable medical condition
  • You wish to use medical equipment or therapeutic oxygen on-board

Most medical cases are straightforward, but some require individual assessment. In certain cases, we may ask that you and your doctor complete a “Fitness to Fly’ Form.

Carriage of a POC:

Passengers carrying a POC should obtain a Medical Equipment Approval & Baggage Waiver letter.   This approval & waiver letter must be presented at the Bag Drop desk or at the boarding gate if travelling with no checked baggage.

Use of POC during Flight:

If you wish to use a POC during flight, for the use onboard you will be required to complete a ‘Fit to Fly’ form which will be sent to the passenger once the requirement has been notified.   This completed “Fit to Fly’ form must be returned between 14 up to 2 days prior to travel for validation. The validated “Fit to Fly form must be carried by the passenger on all flights and produced to our cabin crew on boarding the aircraft.

If the POC is to be used onboard it is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they have a sufficient number of fully charged batteries for the duration of the flight and any possible delays, as POC or batteries cannot be charged on board.

Individual airline carriers have their own regulations please check before booking departure for full details.

For further info and back up service please contact our team at [email protected] or www.oxygenworldwide.com

For an example:

Please see below list of models approved for carriage on Ryanair flights:

AirSep FreeStyle (PDF)
AirSep LifeStyle (PDF)
AirSep Focus (PDF)
AirSep Freestyle 5 (PDF)
Delphi RS-00400 / Oxus RS-00400 (PDF)
DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo (PDF)
Inogen One (PDF)
Inogen One G2 (PDF)
lnogen One G3 (PDF)
lnova Labs LifeChoice Activox (PDF)
International Biophysics LifeChoice / lnova Labs LifeChoice (PDF)
Invacare XPO2 (PDF)
Invacare Solo 2 (PDF)
Oxylife Independence Oxygen Concentrator (PDF)
Precision Medical EasyPulse (PDF)
Respironics EverGo (PDF)
Respironics SimplyGo (PDF)
Sequal Eclipse (PDF)
SeQual SAROS (PDF)

 

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Porto & Douro Valley

The Yeatman is Porto’s finest hotel, and its Michelin-starred restaurant is well worth a visit even if you don’t stay the night.

Rooftops of Porto and the Douro River. Photo by Dmitry Shakin / Getty Images.

Budapest, Hungary

Szimpla Kert is the granddaddy of the garden bars and one of the best, now winterized to be open year-round.

The Széchenyi Baths on a summer day in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Ellen Rooney / Getty Images.

Northern Iceland

Fancy a peek at a puffin? On the island of Grimsey, Iceland’s only true piece of the Artctic Circle, birds outnumber people 1000 to one. Divers can swim with seabirds, watching guillemots hunting for food deep in the crystal waters.

Fire and Ice – Riders on the frozen Myvatn Lake. Photo by Reinhard Pantke / Getty Images.

Cinque Terre, Italy

The best way to get around the Cinque Terre is with the Cinque Terre card available at all of the local train stations, which gives you unlimited use of the walking paths, electric village buses, the elevator in Riomaggiore and cultural exhibitions (one/two days €5/9).

Colourful Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. Photo by Sergio Del Rosso / Getty Images.

Moravia, Czech Republic

To pedal your way through Moravian wine country, follow the Mikulov Wine Trail. The Mikulov tourist office (www.mikulov.cz/tourism) can help steer you to a one-day ride that takes in the nearby chateaux at Valtice and Lednice, stopping at small local vineyards along the way.

Elderflower wine, Mikulov, Moravia, Czech Republic. Photo by Paul Harris / Getty Images.

Bern, Switzerland

Get a taste of Bern’s locavore leanings at the popular Lötschberg AOC (www.loetschberg-aoc.ch), with an all-Swiss wine and beer list, local cheese specialities and seasonal produce.

Bern’s Old Town and the Aare River. Izzet Keribar / Getty Images.

Marseille, France

For a true bouillabaisse experience, head to Le Rhul for a classic approach or L’Epuisette for a swank Michelin-starred experience; reserve in advance for both.

Marseille’s Vieux Port. Photo by Alexandre Fundone / Getty Images.

Croatia

To experience Zagreb like a local, don’t miss Saturday morning špica, the coffee-drinking and people watching ritual that is the peak of the weekly social calendar.

Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by Kelly Cheng / Getty Images.

Northern Ireland

In October, Derry/Londonderry dusts off the skeletons and puts on the spooky makeup for the annual Halloween Carnival, Ireland’s biggest street party.

Dawn on the Giant’s Causeway. Photo by Riccardo Spila / Getty Images.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The strikingly modern Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in nearby Humelbæk is worth the side trip even if you’re not a passionate fan of modern art. Inside find Picasso, Giacometti and an entire wing for kids; outside find Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and artfully framed views across the water to Sweden.

City bikers in Copenhagen. Photo by Dag Sundberg / Getty Images.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/77757#ixzz2bhGWEMXI
 

Travel with oxygen

TRAVEL WITH OXYGEN

Traveling with oxygen can be very intimidating but with proper planning it can be accomplished comfortably and safely.  You don’t have to give up the adventure of travel. You just have to make your arrangements in advance and be willing to take the extra time to confirm details prior to your trip. 
travelling with medical oxygen
 
In light of the new ruling, passengers must still meet certain pre-boarding conditions, including advance check-ins, having a fully charged battery for 150% of the flight time, a doctor’s statement of medical necessity and properly packaged extra batteries.
If you are planning a trip and are oxygen dependent, keep these tips in mind when traveling with oxygen:

  • Every airline is different. When making an airline reservation, ask about specific regulations and restrictions that may apply when carrying oxygen on-board your flight.
  • Always schedule a pre-trip medical exam before traveling. Discuss traveling with oxygen with your doctor.
  • Don’t forget to obtain a letter of medical necessity from your doctor during your pre-trip medical exam. This must be carried with you and presented to the airline before you board your plane. Remember, the letter should include your oxygen flow-rate. You may want to make an extra copy and tuck it away in your luggage, in the event you lose your in-hand copy before your return home.
  • Remember that altitude may increase your oxygen requirement. Your prescription for oxygen should reflect this.
  • Don’t forget to carry your medications in your on-board luggage and to carry an adequate supply of COPD rescue inhalers when you travel. It is wise to keep any medications in their original containers, and to bring a note of medical necessity from your doctor.

If you have COPD and are planning a trip for treatment, business or pleasure, speak to our team or view more useful information and client testimonials www.oxygenworldwide.com
 

Oxygen Travel in Irene's care

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Name: Irene
1 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Dutch
Loves: to take away customer worries and make them feel free to travel anywhere anytime in the world

Hi, my name is Irene and I joined the OxygenWorldwide team in October 2011.
I come from the Netherlands and moved to Spain in 2002, to take care of my mother who suffered from dementia. In May 2011 she passed away at the blessed age of 93 years. I now care for three dogs, of which two were stray. In my spare time I enjoy taking my dogs on hikes through the stunning mountains or along the beach. I have a keen interest in nature and take part in several environmental groups.
What I find the most interesting and satisfying whilst working at OxygenWorldwide is that from one place I can help people from all over the world with their need for oxygen, to take away their worries and make them feel free to travel anywhere and at anytime. It feels like being a spider in a web, able to reach all corners of the world.
On a Sunday afternoon once I received a phone call from a patient who was on holiday in Gran Canaria with a portable oxygen concentrator that had broken down. He had already contacted his insurance company back home, but they couldn´t help him any further. It took some urgent calling and emailing, but I managed to find a replacement first thing Monday morning, this shows how quickly we can help our customers in a time of need.
There was another occasion recently from a customer who´s portable concentrator broke down just the evening before his flight back home. He did manage to get something for during the flight, but he was so afraid he wouldn´t make it through the night! That same evening we managed to deliver a concentrator to where he was staying, so he could have a good night´s sleep and be fit for his journey home.
The strangest request I think was from a patient who wanted to rent a portable oxygen concentrator in Singapore, to be shipped to Japan, so he could take it on his holiday to Singapore and back to Japan again, to then ship it back to Singapore!
If I ever get the chance to travel, I would like to see a lot of places, so I think I would opt for a world cruise… in fact, I might book a permanent place, instead of going into an old people´s home when i retire!
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at [email protected] for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.

Oxygen Travel in Sophie's care

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Name: Sophie
3 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Belgium
Loves: speaking different languages and being able to communicate with customers from around the world

My name is Sophie Proot and I have been part of the Oxygenworldwide team since September 2010.
I was born in Belgium and have been living in Spain since 1998. Eager to discover other countries, I left Belgium first towards England and after France and Greece, I finally ended up in Spain.
In my search for a new job, possibly in another foreign country, I came across a job offer at OxygenWorldwide. Since the day I joined OxygenWorldwide, each day of my life has been a voyage. Today e.g. we started by finishing off a delivery for a patient travelling to India, next you attend to a patients request for Spain, and before you know it you are talking to your colleagues in Chile regarding the next patient travelling to Santiago.
In my previous job, I had come across the services of OxygenWorldwide who at the time was called Care O2. I remember I had experienced it as a quick, swift and friendly service.
Now I have the opportunity to live the experience and on a global level, it makes it oh so much more interesting and exciting. What I get out of the job for myself? To have contact with people all over the world and to communicate in many different languages. Towards the patients, it feels nice to assist them towards achieving the same dream I have myself, which is travelling. When a patient inquires about whether it is possible to travel with O2, it is great being able to simply answer “yes, of course” when really the person enquiring taught this phone call was the beginning of a long and hard search for a solution.
The strangest or most surprising thing I came across during the time I have been working with the company is that, recently a patient enquired by phone. Whilst waiting for my reply, the patient said: “somebody is happy at her job!” I said: Why? The lady replied: “you were singing!” Well, this lady was right!
If I could book to go any part in the world I would choose to travel to Patagonia.
I feel proud and lucky to be part of a company which has quality and service as its top priority and hope to be part of the OxygenWorldwide team for many more years providing a carefree holiday for many people.
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at [email protected] for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.

Oxygen Travel in Els's care

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Name: Els
7 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Dutch
Loves: my job!

How long I have been with OxygenWorldwide? To tell you the truth, I cannot even remember and had to look it up… And do you know why? Because I have such a wonderful job and time flies!
But now I know: I have been with OxygenWorldwide since April 2006. Yes, I am one of the oldies… I am married and I have lived in many different countries. So, yes, I speak several languages. But that goes for everyone in our team. We believe it is important for our patients that they can communicate in their own language and we hear from them that is appreciated.
The job is very diverse, in a way you travel the whole world in a few hours: from Spain to Poland, from Germany to Hawaii and from New York to Dubai. And you get in touch with so many different people.
The most interesting experience was when I met one of our patients in person. He invited me for a cup of coffee when he was on holiday not too far from where I live. He had been using our services for many, many years. It was good to see how much he enjoyed being able to go on holiday, even though he was in need of oxygen. And we make that possible! That gives you a good feeling!
If I could choose where I would like to go one day for holiday: Down under, Australia, here I come!
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at [email protected] for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.

Oxygen Travel in Benny's care

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Name: Benny
One and half-year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Belgian
Loves: helping customers and the feeling of doing a great job across the world

Working with OxygenWorldwide has been the most interesting and exciting job experience for me for the past one and half years. I have previously worked in customer service environment in Belgium and I am very experienced in being clear, concise and informative to every customer.
The best feeling is that when I finish my working day I know I have been able to improve and help people who need our help and that they are pleased with my customer care as well as the rest of the team. This is what I enjoy the most. With our customers they need the help of medical oxygen and everything has to be arranged in time, so no delays are possible so we can ensure the patient has no worries about receiving the oxygen on time and in the correct destination.
In Belgium I hardly had to speak any other language than Dutch or French.  Now we communicate with people all over the world, so all our staff need to be multilingual.  I really enjoy being able to communicate with different people across the globe and also improve my language skills at the same time. Speaking, translating and writing in 5 different languages gives our customers the best possible service we can give.
The strangest experience I have experienced so far is was with a patient who wanted to come to our office to thank us personally for the excellent service we had given them.  Unfortunately he took our mailbox address as the office address and
when he arrived, he phoned us to ask if we were really in there. He did personally thank us over the phone and email and we are looking forward to hopefully a visit to our actual offices soon!
If I had the opportunity to visit a part of the world I haven’t been yet, I would choose South America; it must be an amazing continent with a lot of unspoilt nature to be seen.
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at [email protected] for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.

Oxygen Travel in Marijke's care

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Name: Marijke
5 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Dutch
Loves: speaking different languages and being able to communicate with customers from around the world

I am pleased to say that I have been part of OxygenWorldwide care team for 5 wonderful years. I really enjoy each and every day of my work with the company and gain fantastic job satisfaction caring and helping our customers plan their travels to many parts of the world.
My nationality is Dutch and I am the oldest (in age) member of the OxygenWorldWide team. I am married with a Spanish husband and have 2 children. My  experience and background has always been to provide excellent customer service and care to all my clients, but my job at OxygenWorldwide gives me the opportunity to regularly translate, speak and converse in the 5 languages I am fluent in. I really enjoy the opportunity to communicate with people from every corner of the world.
Most of all it feels satisfying to be helping people realize their dream to travel abroad and because I am so involved from day one in their plans it almost seems that I am travelling together with them day by day. Clients sometimes send us their holiday photos of all the destinations they have visited from London and France to America and Africa, which I really enjoy receiving.
The strangest experience over the past five years was when we supplied liquid oxygen to Israel/Jerusalem for a patient doing a roundtrip on a tour bus but the itinerary included Palestina/Bethlehem and we were all a little nervous about delivery but also confident that even in certain areas we can still deliver all expectations and care to our customers.
In the future I would love to visit one of  the countries in the Balkan region as I am very intrigued by the culture, nature and a destination that I have never travelled to.
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at [email protected] for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.