Benefits and support whilst away
The patient may be in receipt of benefits to which they remain entitled during their time abroad. The local Benefits Office will be able to give advice and additional information is available on the website for the Department for work and pensions (www.dwp.gov.uk). If it were anticipated that medical care would be required whilst abroad, it would be prudent to contact the appropriate health care professional in the country of destination before travelling and forward an up-to-date summary of the patient’s condition. Information about Cancer services within a particular country can be obtained through the relevant High Commission, Embassy or Consulate. Hospice Information supplies the contact details of hospices and Specialist Palliative Care Units throughout the world.