Holidays and Flying

Holiday Arrangements Summary

Before you go:

  • Order the ITP Support Association's Holiday insurance and Travel Guide, which includes advice on insurance, flying, avoiding malaria, medicines and vaccinations, It also includes insurance companies recommended by our members.  
  • If you live in a European Union Country please remember to have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. As part of the UK/EU Brexit Agreement announced on 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU agreed that the cards can still be used until their expiry dates. For further information visit https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/europe-travel-insurance/ehic/
  • Discuss any required vaccinations with your doctor well in advance, bearing in mind that they are not effective within 3 months of certain drugs.
  • Order medication well in advance, ensuring you have enough to last the holiday. Inform your holiday insurance company about your ITP, or you may find you are not covered in the event of a claim (they may require a doctor’s letter).
  • Try to find out what ITP is called in the country you are going to, in case of an emergency. You may be able to obtain this from the country’s embassy.
  • Find out what the equivalent of 999 is in the country you are visiting.
  • Find out the locality of the doctor and hospital nearest to your accommodation.

Make copies of all important documents, such as passports, and leave the copies with a friend of relative. You may need the copy if your originals get stolen.

If you take prescribed medicine, take a copy of your prescription and doctor’s letter. 

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Report - EHA Annual Conference Madrid 2017

EUROPEAN HAEMATOLOGY ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

MADRID JUNE 22nd – 25th 2017

Derek Elston (Trustee,) EHA Patient Advocate Workgroup Member

Near forty degrees of heat is not the most desirable temperature in which to attend any conference, but thank goodness, the heat in Spain is somewhat dryer than here in the UK and the conference centre was air conditioned.

The conference was held at the IFEMA conference centre located on the outskirts of Madrid approx. 5 mins from the international airport.

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“No more excuses” as major global research funders take strong lead on clinical trial transparency

Some of the world’s largest research funders and NGOs today agreed to adopt the WHO’s strong standards on clinical trial transparency. This means all clinical trials they fund or support will be registered and the results reported.

In a joint statement, nine major funders including Médecins Sans Frontières, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Norwegian Research Council, the UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust committed to develop and implement policies that require all trials they fund, co-fund, sponsor or support to be registered in a publicly-available register. They also agreed that all trial results would be disclosed within specified timeframes on the register or by publication in a scientific journal.

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Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association - Annual Meeting Prague 2017

Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association

14-15th March 2017 Prague.

The Annual Meeting of this important association presented their 2 day conference covering the latest information relative to the extraction and purification of blood extracts for safe use by patients. The conference was attended by many physicians concerned with the treatment of rare diseases for which plasma products are so vital.

In his annual report to the conference, the chairman emphasised the problems of supplies encountered in various parts of the world and how they were tackling the problems. He also reported on the strategic goal to ensure the availability of safe, high quality plasma for fractionation. A further goal is the elimination of trade barriers and other discriminatory practices to achieve open access to plasma protein therapeutics globally.

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ITP Pocket Log - Now available on Android and IOS

ITP Pocket Log

We are pleased to announce that the Android version of the app is live! It is available to download – free of charge – from Google Play, use the search term “ITP symptom tracker”.

The IOS version has been available for some time from the Apple App Store. 

Everyone involved in the project would like to thank those who sent in ideas for the app after the outline of the project was shared at the ITP Convention last year.

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Priority Setting Partnership (PSP)

Priority Setting Partnership (PSP)

Answering questions about Bleeding Disorders

A group of rare disease stakeholders have come together to form a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to find out what matters to patients, carers and clinicians in the field of Bleeding Disorders. Some people experience problems with bleeding throughout their lives as the result of an inherited disorder such as haemophilia or von Willebrand disease. Others may have long-term problems due to an acquired problem such as immune thrombocytopenia and finally some people may have experienced problems only after childbirth or surgery. We are interested in all these problems.

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New appointment at the Royal London

New appointment at the Royal London

Dr Tom Butler, Haematology Clinical Lead issued the following:

As you all know, Drew Provan retired at the end of August and we have been working hard to recruit a new consultant to take on the medical  leadership of our internationally renowned immunohaematology research and clinical centre.

I am really pleased to be able to announce that we have now appointed Dr Vickie McDonald to this role, she will formally start with us late July/early August but is already collaborating with us on various projects. She brings a wealth of clinical and research experience in immune platelet disorders. She has been a consultant at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Trust for a number of years,

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