One of the findings of the research is how workers with sickle cell face a challenge in commuting to work.
- They already experience chronic anemia and fatigue so a punishing commute leaves them tired even before work commences.
- Their loss of function of the spleen means they are especially vulnerable to respiratory infections when in close contact with other commuters.
- Exposure to cold in waiting outside for public transport, or switching between warm and cold environments is using public transport, is a risk for triggering a sickle cell painful crisis.
- Access to a car, to a disabled parking space at work, and to flexi-time to avoid the rush hour can help.
Apply for a Please Offer Me A Seat card and badge to enable people with a hidden condition such as sickle cell to access the priority seats on buses, tube and trains.
If driving to work find out if you can be exempted or obtain a discount for the London Congestion Charge