MGN 623 (M+F) Telemedical advice service (TMAS) for ships at sea
In December 2019, the UK Government MCA released the MGN 623 (M+F) Telemedical Advice Service (TMAS) For Ships At Sea to comply with the EU legislation on minimum safety and health requirements. This MGN replaced the previous published and now withdrawn MGN 225 (M+F) Radio medical advice for ships at sea. Below is some extracts from the MGN 623 (M+F) Telemedical Advice Service (TMAS) and further information can be found on the link at the bottom of the page.
How do you obtain telemedical advice?
How to obtain telemedical advice (previously MGN 225 (M+F) Radio medical advice for ships at sea -This publication was withdrawn on 19 December 2019 ) when a medical incident or medical emergency arises at sea.
Who is MGN 623 (M+F) Telemedical advice service (TMAS) for?
Notice to all Shipowners, Ship Operators and Managers, Masters, Skippers of Fishing Vessels and Pleasure Vessels and all Seafarers .
What it is MGN 623 (M+F) Telemedical advice service (TMAS) all about.
This Marine Guidance Note provides information on how to obtain telemedical advice (previously Radio Medical Advice) when a medical incident or medical emergency arises at sea. It explains that contact should first be made with HM Coastguard, who will then put the caller in touch with one of the UK’s designated TMAS providers.
1. European legislation on minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical treatment on board vessels (Council Directive 92/29/EEC) requires Member States to designate one or more centres to provide telemedical advice to ships. For the UK, the officially designated providers are at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
2. Telemedical advice is available free of charge to provide support in cases where an individual suffers either illness or an accident at sea. The advice is intended to supplement the first aid training of the ship’s crew and the written guidance that is available, such as the Ship’s Captain’s Medical Guide (SCMG), and may also be necessary to support the person in charge of medical care on board the vessel through a medical procedure.
How do i access medical advice?
To obtain telemedical advice Masters and Skippers should first contact HM Coastguard. Contact should be made on either MF DSC, VHF DSC or VHF Channel 16. GMDSS compliant satellite voice communications systems, or mobile phones, can be used for medical advice or assistance, but should not be relied upon as the only means of communication. The telephone numbers to contact HM Coastguard are +44 344 3820026 and +44 208 3127386.
Urgent calls for assistance may be broadcast using the normal Urgency prowords "PAN PAN " as follows :
- "PAN PAN" x3
- "All Stations" x3 OR
- Individual Coastguard / Coast Station x3 (If name known)
- "This is [ship name]" x3
- "Call Sign ………."
- "MMSI …….." "I require medical advice"
For more information on the MGN 623 (M+F) Telemedical Advice Service (TMAS) For Ships At Sea you can contact the Seafarer Safety & Health Branch at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Published: December 2019 by the MCA, Southampton. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.