There is no reason not to travel after the stroke. A holiday may help both the stroke patients and the carers feel better. Here are some contact numbers to help with travel arrangements and mobility problems. There is no need to consult your doctor beforehand if you feel well, but you may be more reassured and get some valuable advice if you do so. Patients on warfarin may have to arrange for INR checks in their holiday resort.

Air travel can be considered 3 months after the stroke. Before that time insurances do not usually cover and airlines are unlikely to accept the passenger, even if all or most of the symptoms of the stroke have resolved. After 3 months even stroke sufferers with persistent severe disabilities can fly as long as they can sit long enough in a chair and have no severe heart or lung problems. Wheelchairs and assistance with transport for disabled passengers are available at all airports, but will require prior booking.

Contact numbers for local rail services offering support for disabled passengers:
Central Trains 08457 056027
Connex central 08706 030405
Midland Mainline 08457 125678
Virgin Trains 08457 443366

Contact numbers for coach travel:
National Express  08705 80 80 80

Contact numbers for assistance at Airports:
East Midlands Airport 01332 852852/852885
London Gatwick Airport 01293 503124
London Heathrow Airport 0208 745 7495
Manchester Airport 0161 4893000

Information leaflets

Air Travel
Flying with disability
Information for doctors relating to the assessment of fitness to travel by air

These contact numbers are not intended to be recommendations of services.

Emma Hall, Stroke Co-ordinator,  Universtiy Hospital of North Staffordshire, Extension 01782 55 5883,  Bleep: 07623 675974