As a person with kidney failure, you are dealing with many daily stresses. A trip with your spouse, family or friend allows you to leave behind many of your responsibilities. Many dialysis centers, especially in popular tourist areas such as Hawaii, California, Arizona and Florida, need at least three months notice. If you plan to travel during holiday times such as Christmas or to popular seasonal destinations (the beach or mountains in the summer, “snowbird” areas during the winter), contact centers six months in advance. The Patient Travel Service, sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care North America, is a free service that continually updates its information on all dialysis centers in the U.S. and abroad. Although the service does not publish a list, it can provide the most current information on all the centers near where you are going. Call  (800) 634-6254 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday to speak with a representative. 

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