You'll be OK even if it doesn't arrive in time, 2sugars - DS2 was going on a school trip last month & we couldn't find his EHIC card; I rang the place that issues them & she said it wasn't a problem, if he did need treatment he just needed to ring this number:
0044 191 2181 999
& quote his NHS number - which is his EHIC ID, for an adult it would be your Nat Ins number.
So if you keep that phone no. & your NHS/NI numbers with your passports, you'll be fine
I love you lot too. Going on holiday on the 18th all a bit of a last minute decision, got DS' passport through on Thursday just gone in 10 days using PO check and send (with all sorts of queries as I'm still travelling in my maiden name) AND they wrote to my friend to request a letter back asking her how she knew me (she's a policewoman, so signed my photos).
Completely forgot about the whole E111 thing so just rang the number on here, said they could do it over the phone really quickly, asked for my details as they copy those over for a child, and found mine expired last month! OOps! Which means that DH's would have too and they even let me order DH's.
Oh, and have now sorted travel insurance and car parking too.
Anything else? Please say I haven't forgotten anything!
(If anyone says we need jabs for Portugal I'll cry!!! !)