Self isolation requirements for medical escorts

As the travel industry experiences a fitful recovery, the requirement for medical escorts aboard commercial flights continues to increase. Although the absolute number of patients arriving back into the UK on commercial flights remains low these numbers are set to increase as travel restrictions are eased.

The ASMDF is committed to supporting the UK government in its efforts to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 both at home and abroad. Our members are aware of the fact that, at the time of writing, doctors, nurses and paramedics travelling for the purposes of escorting patients, aboard commercial flights, are not exempt from the requirement to self-isolate when returning from certain destinations.

Until such time that aeromedical escorts are specifically exempted as described in this document, this will remain the position of the ASMDF.

We argue, however, that the Assistance and Aviation Medicine community provide vital services, enabling patients to return home safely and with the appropriate care and support in flight. These patients are often in distressing and potentially unsafe situations abroad and the current self isolation requirements make their repatriation extremely challenging.

We are continuing to work with the agencies responsible for setting these regulations with the goal of exempting medical escorts from the self isolation requirements whilst maintaining the safety of their patients, relatives and colleagues. In much the same way that this has been established for cabin crew, we are convinced that this can be achieved.

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