1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

£25 for doctors letter to allow Insulin on Plane.

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Angrymum, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

    Messages:
    13,231
    Likes Received:
    12,475
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Just after paying out for that letter, make sure you keep it for future holidays. I still have my letter from 30+ years ago and would still take it!!


    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
    • Like Like x 2
  2. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    15,309
    Likes Received:
    11,498
    Trophy Points:
    298
    It cost around 10p to photocopy at the local post office..
    So suggesting a printed template with an ink scribble at the bottom would cost more than that is pretty outrageous ....
     
  3. superkenny

    superkenny · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    T1. For 30 years.

    Never bothered to get any doc letter, even put my insulin in a metal lined cool bag designed for drugs and it never get questioned!!! Been to USA Cyprus Ibiza uk customs never bothered. But also I never say am diabetic or anything to them!

    Hope this helps

    Kenny



    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  4. cally

    cally Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    68
    I have never bothered to get one! I just take my prescription request form. But have never been asked to show anything anyway.


    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  5. the_anticarb

    the_anticarb · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,045
    Likes Received:
    272
    Trophy Points:
    103
    I've carried insulin on a plane many times and never had a letter. Never had to even mention it to security. I just had no idea you actually had permission to carry your own medication on a plane!
     
  6. kesun

    kesun Other · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    381
    Likes Received:
    679
    Trophy Points:
    133
    I've travelled a few times with insulin, and my son travels with an EpiPen (for allergy). We've been stopped by security at airports in England, Hong Kong and Australia, coming in and going out, but the've always been satisfied with the prescription label on the pen. However, we made the mistake of telling one airline that my son has a severe food allergy, and since then they've insisted on a new medical letter each time he flies. This letter is not to explain the needles but to say he's safe to fly. I've been asked for a similar letter for flying when pregnant. We actually avoid that airline now, as once we moved back to the UK and got charged for each letter it seemed a pointless extra expense.

    So my advice would be not to worry about a letter unless you've been specifically asked by the airline to provide one.

    Kate
     
  7. fatcat62

    fatcat62 · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    The first time I travelled overseas since being on insulin I had to get the letter, cost me £10, but travelled to Spain and Portugal (hopefully Bulgaria this year) and never been asked to show it


    Sent from fatcat62's iPad
     
  8. John Meds

    John Meds Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    My Diabetic unit in the hospital wrote my letter free so I can take my injection and needles on the plane....Think it outrageous that GPs charge for letters when they are given free by Diabetic units in Hospitals
     
  9. hev46

    hev46 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    My gp done mine for free
     
  10. Pogo175

    Pogo175 Parent · Newbie

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Either diabetic nurse or consultant can write the letter, you don't need to have an appointment just phone the nurse or consultant secretary to request it or ask for it via email - no charge.
     
  11. X-entricity

    X-entricity Type 2 · Active Member

    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Many doctors charge £25 for all letters for anything, not just diabetes. Sorry Angrymum but whether you agree with it or not,you only have four options.
    1. Try and find someone in the practice who will do it for no charge.
    2. Change doctors to a surgery that would do it for no charge,
    3. Accept the situation and pay up, or
    4. Forget the flight and stay at home.
     
  12. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,618
    Likes Received:
    19,618
    Trophy Points:
    278
    Yes it is outrageous John, that's why it best to ask the hospital team to do the letter as there's no charge.

    It would seem reading the thread that very few get asked for a letter anyway, I wonder if the repeat prescription slip would suffice now as it has your name, address and meds listed.
     
  13. Louisah

    Louisah Type 1 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    43
    I got a 'holiday pack' from my DNS, it contained an insulin passport and various other bits and pieces which were great. Speak to your local hospital xx
     
    • Like Like x 2
  14. cally

    cally Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    68
    Or 5. Just don't bother to get one!
     
  15. X-entricity

    X-entricity Type 2 · Active Member

    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Yes, I agree but with the increased security at airports it would be horrible to turn up and be refused admission onto the plane. Perhaps cheking with the airports and carriers involved would also be an option.
     
  16. cally

    cally Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    68
    I would love to hear from anyone that has actually been asked to show their letter or been refused admission on to the plane.
    As someone said earlier on this thread I think the airport staff have seen it all before.

    I just take my prescription request form.
     
  17. gb4242

    gb4242 Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41

    The answer is easy: search with google for content and print and sign one yourself!!!
     
  18. davidburkett

    davidburkett Type 1 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    23
    This makes me angry - please read carefully. To fly on a civil airliner you do NOT need a letter from your doctor stating you use Insulin. It is prudent to take a copy of your repeat prescription (ie the bit you tear off and keep) to show it is prescribed medication. And when you are passing through airport security, make them aware you are Type 1/2 on insulin and HAVE SHARPS in your hand baggage. Trust me, they see it all the time. Make sure you keep all needles/test meter/strips/pens/vials together and never in the hold luggage. I have been working in aviation for well over 10 years, have been Type 1 for longer and promise you that you don't need a letter, paid for or otherwise. I also, on a daily basis, X-ray things destined for flight and can confirm an injection pen is very easy to spot.
     
    • Like Like x 6
  19. Andre Dubois

    Andre Dubois Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Good point well raised. I am new to injections (3rd week now) and hadn't thought about this. I live in France and travel a bit as well. Will see what I need to do. I would be surprised if customs stop diabetics because of the pens, they must see them hundreds of times daily........
     
  20. lizbet9

    lizbet9 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    48
    I have a letter from my diabetic nurse at the surgery (free) I've never been asked for it over the last 7 years of travel but I always let the staff at the airport know that I'm carrying my diabetic kit and it's never a problem
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook