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Medical emergency in France? Get back to the UK in an air ambulance

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France attracts visitors of all ages and from all over the world with some of the most beautiful attractions peppered with a staggering amount of history. You anticipate returning home with fully charged batteries after exploring and enjoying the country's most famous landmarks, glitzy ski resorts, and world-class art and architecture. Traveling to new places, however, is not without risk. Our air ambulances and medical escort service can assist you in returning back to France as safely as possible.

Six reasons why France is so popular among British tourists

As tourism timidly resumes around the world, let us consider why France has consistently held the title of the world's most-visited tourist destination among British citizens.

The City of Light

It almost goes without saying that the French capital is a huge draw for visitors from the United Kingdom. What is the source of its popularity?  Well, there's the romantic image of the city, its breathtaking architecture, the Louvre Museum, the legendary Eiffel Tower, and the simple pleasure of sitting on a café terrace and catching a glimpse of the Champs-Elysées and its myriad of boutiques. Not to mention Disneyland, which is a destination in and of itself for foreign visitors. With around 15 million visitors per year, the theme park just to the east of Paris is Europe's top tourist destination.

Paris

Sea, sun and mountains

France has the advantage of being multi-seasonal, promising sun-soaked beach vacations in the summer and ski getaways in the winter. Indeed, the country has something for everyone, from sandy beaches to snow-covered mountains and vast swaths of countryside that the British seem to adore. The appearance of different regions also varies greatly. There is the rolling countryside, as well as main cities such as Paris, Lyon, and Marseille. The weather is also an important consideration. In the summer, for example, France has exceptionally nice weather - it's hot, but not as hot as it is in Spain or Italy.

Escape to the countryside

Around 80% of France is rural, much of it scenic and peaceful. Apart from Paris, this is the region that most tourists wish to visit. The country’s famously beautiful Loire Valley and Provence, in particular, have captured the hearts of the British, who appreciate the contrast between the tranquil "France profonde" and the hustle and bustle of the cities and the towns where many of them come from.

Wine and gastronomy

France is, of course, inextricably linked to its celebrated culinary traditions, and the opportunity to dine on French specialties - including snails - is undoubtedly a major draw for UK visitors. Because no proper French meal is complete without a few "verres de vin," the country's diverse selection of home-produced wines is another source of attraction for visitors. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Champagne, the Loire Valley, Alsace, Rhône, Provence, and Corsica are the main wine regions of the French wine region map.

Art, history and culture

From the French Revolution to Napoleon and the two world wars, France is extremely proud of its long and often turbulent history. Historical sites are frequently on the itinerary for UK visitors. There are the well-known battle sites of the Somme and the D-Day landings, as well as the beautiful chateaux, churches, and cathedrals that dot the landscape. Tourists are also drawn to museums and art galleries. The Louvre, which houses the Mona Lisa, as well as approximately 35,000 other artifacts and artworks, attracts more visitors per year than any other museum in the world.

Strategic location

However, part of France's allure may simply be a result of geography. For example, for UK vacationers looking to escape their country's unpredictable summers, France is just a short ferry ride across or below the Channel in Eurostar trains. In addition, many visitors from neighbouring countries are passing through on their way to Italy or Spain. This trend has been reinforced this year, with many people preferring to avoid being crammed in with coughing strangers on flights by renting a car and driving to or through France.

What are the 3 main health risks while travelling?

You set out to explore and enjoy the main tourist attractions in France, expecting new surroundings to provide you with new perspectives and inspiration. Travel, on the other hand, can be anything but romantic. You might not only return home inspired, but also infected or injured.

broken arm patient

Road accidents

France and the United Kingdom have very different traffic laws, bylaws, infrastructure, and driving habits. If you rent a car while on vacation, it is critical that you pay close attention when negotiating traffic to reduce your chances of being involved in a road accident. In addition to minor injuries, such as burns, lacerations, and contusions, you can also suffer life-threatening injuries, such as abdominal or chest injuries, back injuries or paralysis, broken bones or fractures, neck injuries, or traumatic brain injuries.

Returning home on a commercial plane while seriously injured poses serious risks, the most serious of which is the formation of blood clots and, eventually, deep vein thrombosis. In addition, if you are unable to sit properly during the flight, you may be required to purchase additional seats or request a commercial stretcher bed, which may take the commercial airline company 1 to 2 days to arrange. Furthermore, commercial airlines typically refuse to board passengers within 24 to 48 hours of getting a plaster cast.

Infections

Approximately 40% of travellers get a respiratory or bowel infection while travelling. The primary causes are environmental changes, local hygiene, water, insects and other animals, but also sick people. You should get the necessary vaccinations against serious diseases like the coronavirus, yellow fever, and hepatitis. Besides Covid-19 and Monkeypox infected passengers which no airline will ever authorise onboard their aircraft, other infectious diseases like diarrhoea may also prevent you from boarding a commercial flight.

Mental problems

People, as previously stated, enjoy travelling. However, we frequently experience stress both before and during our trips. A time zone change can cause sleep deprivation, which can throw you off balance more easily, especially if you suffer from depression or are otherwise mentally vulnerable. As a result, psychotic episodes and behavioural changes may occur. Passengers suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may become violent, while those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia may experience angry outbursts, anxiety, or wandering. Dehydration, motion sickness, forced immobility, and general physical discomfort associated with commercial flights are also particularly destabilising and may contribute to the onset of psychological disorders.

Why should you book an air ambulance from France to the UK in the event of a medical emergency?

While some illnesses or injuries are minor and do not interfere with your vacation in France, others, which are more serious, may render you unable to move or necessitate ongoing medical treatment and care

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When travelling the conventional way is not an option, air ambulances are the quickest, safest, and most efficient way for a patient to return to the UK from France in the event of a medical emergency. Our medical flights are outfitted with the most advanced medical equipment, comparable to that found in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This means that we can transport even the most critically ill and injured patients.

If you choose our medical repatriation services from France to the UK, you will receive expert care throughout the flight. All of our medical flights include, at the very least, a doctor and a paramedic to care for the patient and administer treatment as needed. Furthermore, if you have a specific medical situation that necessitates the supervision of a specialist, we have specialists on staff.

Good News: Even COVID-19 and other highly infectious patients can be transported back home using our modern equipment without jeopardising the safety of anyone else involved in the patient transportation process. A patient with severe symptoms, for example, will travel in one of our portable isolation units, whereas asymptomatic patients who do not require medical attention will travel alone in a private jet.

How do you benefit from our medical flights from France to the UK?

We are known for providing exceptional service and we offer several benefits to those who book a medical flight, including:

  • Customized solutions
  • A large fleet of aircraft 
  • Complete planning process handover to our teams
  • Patient transportation that is both stress-free and safe
  • Bed-to-bed services from France to the United Kingdom
  • Modern medical technology and skilled medical personnel
  • Flights that are usually available on the same or the next day 
  • Access to smaller airports, avoiding long ground transportation trips
  • Multilingual aviation experts available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • No overcharge. We customise our prices on each patient transport journey
  • Significant experience organising medical repatriation from key cities in France to the United Kingdom, for example, Paris-London, Marseille-Birmingham or Lyon-Manchester

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Contact us for an air ambulance from France to the UK

If you require an air ambulance from France to the United Kingdom, you can contact our team at any time of day or night. We are here to help you and organise your medical flight. We only require an initial contact and will handle the rest. Contact us by:

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