Holidays and travel Scotland
A list of organisations that may be useful for your holidays and travel:
Isle of Lewis Access Forum Tel: 07092 892 604 Website: www.spanglefish.com/AccessLewis A group of people with disabilities campaigning for access improvements. It includes information about the group and an access guide. Visitors and residents can also add views, comments, photos and ideas to the guestbook.
Scotland Holiday Cottage Email: email@example.com Website: www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com/disabled-access.htm Offers a selection of cottages suitable for people requiring disabled access throughout Scotland.
Shared Care Network Website: www.sharedcarenetwork.org.uk Network of 400 respite schemes which will link a host carer to disabled child/adult for short periods to give families a break.
A range of travel insurance options are available which take into account pre-existing medical conditions. Here is a selection that our members have found:
- Able2Travel* - Tel: 01483 562 662 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.able2travel.com
- All Clear* - Tel: 0845 250 5201 Email: email@example.com Website: www.allcleartravel.co.uk
- En Route* - Tel: 0800 783 7245 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.enrouteinsurance.co.uk
- Fish insurance* - Tel: 0333 331 3770 for all enquiries. Website: www.fishinsurance.co.uk
- Freespirit* - Tel: 0845 230 5000 Website: www.freespirittravelinsurance.com
- Pulse* - Tel: 01280 841430 Website: www.pulse-insurance.co.uk
- Orbis Plus* - Tel: 0845 338 1638 Email: email@example.com Website: www.orbisplus.co.uk
- World First* - Tel: 0345 90 80 161 Website: www.world-first.co.uk
A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is for when you travel to another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. It has replaced the E111 form, which is free (if you order by telephone) and should be renewed every five years. If you become ill while abroad, the EHIC gives access to state-provided medical treatment in the country you are visiting. This may be free or you may have to pay on the same basis as residents of that country. The card also covers any treatment you need for a chronic condition or pre-existing illness, and routine maternity care. The EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance, since there are some things that it does not cover, such as repatriation. To apply for a card visit www.nhs.uk/ehic or call 0300 3301350.