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Medical emergency in Germany: why opt for an air ambulance back to the UK?

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Medical emergency in Germany: why opt for an air ambulance back to the UK?

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From fairy-tale castles to medieval villages and World Heritage landscapes to historic monuments, Germany has many facets. Steeped in history, its main cities, namely Cologne, Frankfurt or Hamburg, also feature among Europe's trendiest cultural hotspots. Do you want to know more about it? Discover our picks for the top 5 most beautiful places to visit and things to do in Germany.

The key points to remember if you have a medical emergency in Germany:

  • Medical repatriation is available to UK citizens and residents who have medical emergencies abroad and need to travel long distances back home safely.
  • Do you require a medical flight back to the UK? We are an experienced international air ambulance company that organises medical repatriation all over the world.
  • Our air ambulance service provides several medical repatriation options for UK tourists who are stranded abroad due to a medical emergency. Patients can travel with a medical escort on a commercial flight or on a dedicated private medical flight.


Top 5 most beautiful places to visit and things to do in Germany

Berlin: Berlin is a vibrant, cultural, and artistic city with not less than 166 museums and 60 theatres. The Reichstag, Alexanderplatz or the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer - Berlin Wall Memorial - are all must-sees.

The Oktoberfest: As the world's largest traditional and popular “Volksfest”, the Oktoberfest attracts over 6 million visitors each year. A beer festival and a travelling funfair await you, where you can guzzle one-litre mugs of local beer while listening to traditional Bavarian music.

The Black Forest: Known for its dense evergreen vegetation and picturesque villages, the Black Forest is a hiker's paradise, with no less than 20 hikes, the most popular of which are the Westweg, Mittelweg, and Ostweg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Internationally recognized as a symbol of German romanticism, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval town of 11,085 people. The city has remained unchanged since the Renaissance.

Rügen Island: Rügen, Germany's largest island, is a popular vacation destination. Hiking in the Jasmund National Park is a must, as is seeing the 118-meter-high Kreidefelsen chalk cliffs, bays, and peninsulas.

Common medical emergencies and accidents in Germany

Nobody expects to get sick or injured on vacation. Unfortunately, it happens all the time. A mysterious rash, a sprained wrist, a nasty norovirus and other medical mishaps can spare no one while travelling.

The following are the most common medical emergencies in travellers:

Fractures from falls: Cobblestone streets and extreme sporting activities are notorious for causing hip, ankle, tibia, and fibula fractures.

Cardiovascular problems: Heart attacks and strokes are serious medical emergencies that must be treated immediately. Excessive alcohol consumption and high altitudes can exacerbate symptoms.

Trauma: Motor vehicle crashes, scooter/moped accidents and other trauma-causing factors are the leading preventable cause of injuries in travellers. They often result in bone fractures and head trauma.

Covid-19: With the pandemic still being a serious concern in several countries, a number of vacationers have had to deal with the unpleasant surprise of becoming infected with the coronavirus during their holidays. 

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The Traveller’s guide to healthcare in Germany

Germany's medical and healthcare professionals have contributed to the country having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, to which all German residents have access through private and public health insurance. When it comes to British travellers, they can obtain medically necessary state healthcare if they have either a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 

However, when dealing with a medical emergency requiring long-term treatment, getting back home to the UK is more advantageous. For instance,

  • Family and friends are closer and can offer emotional support.
  • The NHS offers free high-quality healthcare to all UK citizens and residents.
  • Communication, treatment and follow-up with healthcare professionals are easier.

Your UK medical repatriation options from Germany

Because travel comes with the possibility of injuries and illnesses, we are there to assist you in the event of a medical emergency in Germany. With the aim of being the bright spot on your bad days, we specialise in medical repatriation services through air transportation, as well as medical escorts for patients who do not require a fully equipped air ambulance.

Commercial medical escort

Our commercial medical escort service is available to patients who can walk with assistance or who require a transfer from a wheelchair to a seat with assistance and may need health monitoring during their return trip to the United Kingdom. They may also require oral medications. The medical escort may be a physician, a nurse, or a paramedic, depending on the patient's needs. They are all trained in critical care transport and aviation medicine.

We go out of our way to make long-distance patient transportation as stress-free as possible. In this regard, airline tickets are booked in First Class or Business Class when available. Ground transportation is provided in both the origin and destination countries. In addition, authorised medical equipment is provided if and when required.

If you require a medical escort to the United Kingdom, please contact our dispatch centre or complete our online request form.

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UK air ambulances to the UK from Germany

Our internationally renowned UK air ambulance services cover everything from accidents and injuries to long-term chronic and acute illnesses, as well as paediatrics, neonatal care, and obstetrics. We carry out our UK medical repatriation missions without jeopardising the safety of our patients. Our air ambulances are all designed to handle long-distance transfers around the clock. Our medical repatriation planes are equipped with highly specialised equipment and crew to provide a variety of medical services, such as:

  • An ECG monitor with multiple capabilities
  • ICU units and specialized neonatal equipment
  • Trained doctors, registered nurses, and flight crew
  • Portable isolation units for Covid-19 infected patients

Furthermore, our UK medical repatriation case managers are experts in coordinating all types of critical medical cases and will collaborate with you and your family to ensure the safest medical transfer to your home country. We understand the complexities and paperwork that come with long-distance medical transportation, which is why we tailor our services to your specific needs.

The benefits of our UK air ambulances include:

  • All-inclusive medical repatriation services
  • A mission response centre staffed 24/7, with access to medical specialists
  • Fixed-wing and rotary-wing medical aircraft outfitted with mission-critical equipment
  • A highly trained medical crew that includes critical care flight medics, physicians, and nurses
  • Hospital admissions, ground transportation, commercial medical escorts, bed-to-bed service and fly-to-fly status verification are also available.

Contact us for a free quote now!

Are you looking for a UK air ambulance service to arrange long-distance patient transportation? Get in touch with our multilingual team so that we can advise you on the best mode of transportation for your needs. Our helpful experts will respond as soon as possible to provide you with a free, non-binding quick estimate for your trip. Get in touch by: