Medical and travel security risk services company International SOS has chosen Aberdeen as the new location for its Topside service to help safeguard the wellbeing of offshore workers in the North Sea.
The new 24/7 response centre will provide advice and oversight of treatment to trained medics based in the North Sea and beyond through its internationally-recognised telehealth capability.
International SOS telehealth services, which allow high quality medical help and advice to be provided remotely, are the first in the world to be certified in accordance with International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) guidelines.
The global organisation’s assistance capability will be delivered by an experienced team of Aberdeen-based doctors who understand the unique healthcare challenges faced by offshore workers in the North Sea.
Dr Michael Braida, Regional Medical Director of International SOS, says, “Our business is evolving in Aberdeen and I am delighted to announce this significant development. Advancements in telehealth are vital for the oil and gas industry, where remote locations and testing conditions become increasingly challenging. Our state of the art system and quality processes bring a sophisticated level of medical care to personnel in the North Sea, thus improving the health, safety and operating performance of our clients’ operations.”
The centre’s presence in Aberdeen will be at the International SOS clinic in Forest Grove house. This facility already provides clinic evaluations and health surveillance, giving International SOS the ability to provide a full complement of solutions to clients based in Northern Europe.
Offshore workers will benefit from the strengthened asset support that telemedicine provides, even in some of the most remote locations around the world. The provision of medical expertise via telehealth means that the worker can be treated in situ on the asset, allowing them to continue working even at limited capacity.
There are also benefits at a corporate level, as the implementation of a robust telemedicine service with established support links to onshore resources can reduce the likelihood of a costly disembarkation from the asset.
Previously based in London, the Aberdeen Topside team will continue to work closely in partnership with the London assistance centre to benefit from International SOS’s well established systems and multi-level onshore support.
The expanded service highlights International SOS’s developing interest in Aberdeen’s future as a centre for energy sector excellence and support.
International SOS received the ISO certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) in 2015, recognising the organisation’s commitment to quality of care and compliance to stringent ISO/TS 13131 measures.
In addition to certification in accordance with these guidelines, International SOS is also globally-certified to ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems for its Assistance Centres, International SOS Clinics and Medical Services.