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31 May 2022

How to make medical repatriation as stress-free as possible

Dealing with a medical emergency is always stressful, particularly if it happens when you’re abroad. To help reduce your stress levels at this difficult time, you could look into booking a medical repatriation service which will take care of everything for you, such as IAS Medical.

IAS Medical provide a bed-to-bed service, which means we will take care of absolutely everything, from collecting the patient from their hospital bed abroad, to getting them admitted safely to a hospital in the UK.

Getting help from a specialist air ambulance service can make dealing with a medical emergency much less stressful. Read on below to find out why.

1. Arranging transportation

It can be overwhelming trying to get everything in order after a medical emergency abroad. Many people are understandably daunted by the prospect of arranging a flight from a foreign country, particularly when they’re conscious of having the right equipment on-board, and a qualified crew.

However, when using a medical repatriation service such as IAS Medical, everything is organised for you. With our years of experience, you can rest assured that the patient will be fully taken care of. Our service involves a full breadth of support, from retrieving the patient’s medical notes to providing highly trained medics to support the patient’s needs during the flight. We tailor our services to each individual patient, and where possible we also allow relatives to accompany the patient on the flight to put their mind at ease.

Once landed, the patient will be picked up by a fully equipped, fully certified ground ambulance and ambulance crew. The ambulance will collect the patient and transport them safely between the aircraft and the hospital.

2. Maintaining communication

If someone has had an accident abroad, language barriers can worsen an already traumatic situation. For both the patient and their relatives, the experience can feel alienating.

However, if you choose to book a medical repatriation service then much of this stress and worry is taken away. When you book medical transport with IAS Medical, we can take care of all the communication for you. All you have to do is name a contact that you would like to have updated during the transfer and they will be kept informed.

We can even assist with contacting the patient’s G.P. and providing them with a full transcript of medical notes, to ensure that the patient gets all the care they need once they’re back home. With IAS Medical, the doctor’s notes from abroad are even translated for you, if necessary.

3. Preparing hospital admission

Very often, one of the most stressful and confusing parts of arranging medical repatriation is sorting out the hospital admission once the patient has arrived home. Fortunately, we can take this stress out of your hands. With long-standing experience in communicating with hospitals, IAS Medical are able to ensure seamless admission into a hospital from abroad.

With air ambulance services from IAS Medical, everything is taken care of, so all the patient needs to focus on is getting better, and their relatives can feel at ease in the knowledge that their loved one is in the very best hands. We understand the challenges of being injured abroad, and our services are here to make this difficult situation as stress-free as possible. For more information, call one of our 24-hour team on 0800 7999 900, and they will be more than happy to assist you.