UK partners with BlueMed to offer medical services at sea during pandemic

UK P&I Club has partnered with specialist marine telemedicine company BlueMed to provide Members with round-the-clock access to doctors at sea during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK Club has secured the services of BlueMed for Members on a “pay as you go” basis for non-emergency advice.

Members and their crew will receive expert medical advice from UK doctors, familiar with onboard environments, as well as the medication and skills normally available onboard, to assist with managing illnesses and injuries at sea. A call to BlueMed will give crew access to a 24/7 specialised marine doctor, phone, video and webcam links, remote diagnoses, and multilingual service if required.

The service will operate on a fixed per-case fee; no extended contract is necessary. Additionally, a three-month trial of the full telemedicine service, for unlimited access to both urgent and non-urgent advice, will be available to Members for a single fixed trial cost per ship.

UK Club Loss Prevention Director Stuart Edmonston said that “the global nature of the Covid-19 crisis presents unprecedented challenges for the shipping industry. With varied and evolving responses by different States, shipowners are facing mounting difficulties repatriating and substituting crew. This situation has led to many crew developing problems to underlying conditions which could be easily managed with normal access to treatment ashore.