UK P&I Club seals medical partnership

The UK P&I Club has partnered with specialist marine telemedicine provider BluMed to offer its members round the clock access to doctors at sea during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The service is being offered on a pay-as-you-go basis for non-emergency advice. 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.

Stuart Edmonston, loss prevention director at UK P&I Club, says: “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.

“Growing fatigue, brought about the pandemic restrictions, also makes crew members more susceptible to illness, and increases the possibilities of errors and accidents.”

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