Medical cases (Guidance)

Guidance notes to Medical Practitioners in assessing a patient's fitness for travel on Gulf Air

  1. When assessing a patient's fitness for air travel, the effects of reduced atmospheric pressure and consequent reduction in oxygen tension must be considered. Even in pressurised aircraft, the cabin pressure will be equivalent to an altitude of between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. Although each case will be considered on its merits, the following conditions are deemed unacceptable for air travel.
    • Very severe and critical heart conditions (eg, the severely decompensated cardiac patient or the patient who has sustained a recent coronary occlusion with myocardial infarction). Such cases are not normally considered within two weeks of onset.
    • Introduction of air to body cavities for diagnostic or the appetite purposes within seven days.
    • Mental illness without escort and sedation.
    • Severe cases of titis media and sinusitis.
    • Acute contagious or communicable disease.
    • Skin diseases that are contagious or repulsive in appearance.
    • Fractures of the mandible with fixed wiring of the jaw.
    • Hypertensive diseases with severe complications.
    • Peptic ulceration with haemorrhage within three weeks of intended date of travel.
    • Post operative cases.
      • Within 10 days of simple abdominal operations
      • Within 21 days of chest surgery
    • Pregnancy beyond the end of 36 weeks.
  2. The Gulf Air cabin staff are trained in First Aid only, and are not permitted to administer any injection.
  3. Therapeutic oxygen can be provided if requested on this form.
  4. Wheelchairs can be provided at most airports if a request is made at least two days before the date of travel.
  5. Any fee for completion of the medical certificate, or for medical examination or report, will be the responsibility of the passenger.
  6. Gulf Air staff will not accept any case they consider may jeopardise the safety or operation of the aircraft.
  7. Patients having symptoms likely to cause distress or inconvenience to other passengers will not normally be accepted. The fire risk inherent in oxygen tent passengers also precludes their carriage.
  8. Stretcher case passengers must always travel with a suitably competent companion.
  9. In cases where, in the opinion of the Gulf Air doctor, it is in the medical passenger's best interest to travel as a stretcher passenger, his decision will be final.
  10. Particular attention is drawn to the fact that the medical details given on the front of this form must be accurately typed and completed. If, at the time of embarkation, the condition of the passenger is worse than the details given, carriage may be refused.
  11. The details you give are transmitted by telex. To ensure that your patient is accepted for travel, it is vital that all medical terms are legible to the non-professional.

Condition of Acceptance

The physical condition or medical disorder of the incapacitated, handicapped or disabled passenger must be disclosed in full to Gulf Air staff.

A relative or guardian must deliver the passenger to the Gulf Air check-in counter at the departure airport, unless it is a stretcher case - in these circumstances, the guardian should bring relevant documents to the check-in counter.

At the destination airport, a relative or guardian must meet the passenger in the arrival hall or transfer point.

Requests for travel escorts should be made to Gulf Air at least one week in advance of departure.

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