18 April, 2009


 Seriously Ill Overseas

What Happens If A Service Person Is Taken Seriously Ill Overseas
The Royal Navy has a scheme known as DILFOR (it stands for 'Dangerously Ill - Forwarding Overseas of Relatives'), which allows a visit to the bedside of a casualty overseas. The DILFOR scheme does not apply to serving personnel on leave away from the country in which they are serving.

  • DILFOR is only authorised on the direct recommendation of the Senior Medical Officer concerned and once they are satisfied that certain criteria have been met.

  • It must be stressed that DILFOR is intended solely for the benefit of the patient and there is no automatic entitlement for next-of-kin to visit the patient at public expense (ie paid for by the RN).

  • The DILFOR scheme allows 2 people, normally the nominated NOK and a companion, to travel overseas at public expense to visit a Service person at the bedside if the casualty is categorised as 'Very Seriously Ill' (ie when illness or injury is of such severity that life is imminently endangered).

  • Travel arrangements are normally co-ordinated by JCCC in close liaison with Compassionate Cell Andover, the relatives concerned and the Unit involved. NPFS may also be requested to assist.

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