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Remote Medical International Acquires SSI Group

Acquisition expands Remote Medical International’s renewable energy presence and adds risk management services to the company’s portfolio.

RMI logoSEATTLE, WA, July 15, 2020 – Remote Medical International, a global leader in workplace health and safety services for Fortune 100 corporations and government services prime contractors, announced it completed its acquisition of SSI Group on July 1. Based in the United Kingdom, SSI specializes in emergency response medical services for the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, global risk management, and international safety.

“This acquisition is part of our strategy to aggressively expand into new markets, notably renewable energy, broaden our offerings to include risk management, and build on our leading COVID-19 services,” said Wayne Wager, CEO of Remote Medical International. “The complimentary nature of our businesses adds to our ability to design bespoke solutions for our clients that save lives and improve the health of workers in diverse job sites around the world.”

Remote Medical International will leverage SSI’s years of work to provide medical and technical support for offshore wind farm and other renewable energy construction in the North Sea and North America and expand its work with large corporations working in remote and challenging locations globally. The combined expertise will produce a comprehensive range of COVID-19 medical services and solutions for businesses seeking to create safe back-to-work situations under one Remote Medical International offering.

The combined companies will deliver unparalleled quality by setting the highest standards for medical and safety personnel and clinical governance. Customers will benefit from the companies’ vast experience in offering workplace health and safety and risk management services to more than 120 countries across the globe.

“We are delighted to join the Remote Medical International team and believe that together our companies will deliver greater value to our customers through our common values of quality, agility, responsiveness, and collaboration,” said Duncan Higham, Founder and Managing Director of SSI. ”We share a passion for delivering unparalleled services and a vision of being the best remote medical provider on land and at sea.”

Mr. Higham has been named Remote Medical International’s vice president global strategy, reporting directly to Wayne Wager, CEO of Remote Medical International. Julian Rawles, formerly SSI’s commercial director, will serve as the managing director of Remote Medical International UK reporting to Paul Budak, chief operating officer. No other changes in either organization are anticipated. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Visit the company’s website, https://remotemedical.com/ for more information.

About Remote Medical International

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Remote Medical International saves lives and protects the health and wellbeing of workers in diverse job sites from remote pipeline installations to offshore wind and maritime operations. The company has been recognized six times by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States and works with Fortune 100 corporations and government services prime contractors.

SSI Energy Featured in Energy Voice Press and Journal Supplement

Our Medical Director Dr. Paddy Morgan was interviewed by Energy Voice for an article that was recently published in the Energy Voice Press and Journal supplement.

In the article, Paddy highlights the issues operators face if Covid-19 spreads offshore and how personnel can be faced with difficult, ethical dilemmas should they be required to assist those who have potentially contracted the virus.

To read the whole article and to learn more about the work we have done recently to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19, click here.

You can also read the full supplement by clicking here.

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SSI RM is Featured in the May Edition of World Pipelines Extreme Magazine

The risk management arm of our business has been featured in the latest edition of World Pipelines Extreme where our Managing Director, Jules Rawles outlines five steps to ensure safe and successful operations in high risk and austere locations.

In the article, Jules provides a deep dive into the risk management process and how it applies to the pipelines industry.

You can read the whole feature by clicking the link here: https://bit.ly/3dNmyyP

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SSI Energy Presents on SubOptic’s Navigating Covid-19 Webinar

On the 20th May 2020, SSI Energy Managing Director Duncan Higham and SSI Medical Director Dr. Paddy Morgan, presented on the SubOptic Spotlight series that has been launched to deliver 60 minute segments covering the latest trends, news and challenges being faced by the submarine telecoms industry.

In this particular episode: Navigating Covid-19: Keeping our subsea networks running in a time of crisis, key topics were covered including operational challenges for vessel owners, general health implications, Covid-19 screening, PPE for offshore operations and much more.

A selection of key moments from the webinar can be viewed below:

In this video, our Managing Director, Duncan Higham, discusses the work SSI Energy has been doing during the Covid-19 crisis to help mitigate the spread of the virus to vessels offshore.

Meet Dr. Paddy Morgan, SSI Energy’s Medical Director. Dr. Morgan has been instrumental in SSI’s work combating the spread of Covid-19. In this video, Dr. Morgan discusses: 1) Covid-19 symptoms 2) Why the virus is so infectious 3) Trends following lockdowns 4) How to protect your business and much more.

SSI Energy Managing Director, Duncan Higham, talks about the challenges faced for National Critical Infrastructure workers during the Coronavirus pandemic in this clip from the SubOptic webinar.

In this selected excerpt, Dr. Paddy Morgan talks about how Covid-19 has and will change industries and how professionals will communicate going forward.

What are the risks and how can they be mitigated? In this clip, SSI Medical Director Dr. Paddy Morgan talks about how companies and professionals operating offshore can take the necessary steps to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

For more information about our presentation on the latest SubOptic Forum or to arrange a similar event, please contact us here.

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SSI Partners with Source BioScience to Offer RT-PCR Swab Testing in Fight Against Covid-19

In our efforts to help mitigate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 virus, we have partnered with Source BioScience to offer RT-PCR swab testing for global energy companies.

The carefully designed RT-PCR testing procedure has been developed to help mitigate the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus to personnel onsite and operations offshore. The test identifies if a person has the Covid-19 virus and as well as being 99.9% accurate, it carries the CE IVD mark.

The RT-PCR testing procedure is comprehensive and carried out by experienced health care professionals. A routine procedure will involve RT-PCR testing at an onshore location prior to any personnel’s deployment offshore. A registered Health Care Professional (HCP), typically a nurse, is stationed to take a swab from personnel in a designated testing room at staggered intervals.

Once the testing is complete, the swab samples are transported to the Source BioScience laboratory in Nottingham and in turn processed, with results becoming available within 24 hours of arrival. The results are then communicated via an online portal, further encrypted and issued to the company point of contact for further dissemination.

On the partnership, our Director Jules Rawles explains how ‘working with such a highly accredited state of the art laboratory and one that provides RT-PCR testing services to the NHS is a great way to help combat the spread of Covid-19. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist in mitigating the damaging effects of the virus.”

The testing is conducted from Source BioScience’s highly accredited ISO:15189:2012 laboratory that is Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered. Source BioScience are an international provider of integrated state of the art laboratory services and products for the RT-PCR test.

Alongside our Clinical Governance provided by Dr Paddy Morgan (Emergency Doctor of the Year 2018) and Paul Savage (OBE), the testing is a suitable way to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus and potentially causing costly disruptions to operations on and offshore.

As part of a comprehensive range of COVID-19 medical services, we have recently formed a strategic partnership with Texo Accommodation, part of Texo Group of companies, to deliver modular Coronavirus screening and testing stations in the UK. The range of flexible, modular buildings which offer high-quality, rapidly deployed welfare facilities can be quickly deployed to locations including ports and heliports.

For more information regarding the RT-PCR testing service, contact Dave Thompson at david.thompson@ssi-energy.com.

 

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SSI Energy partner with CHC to offer turnkey Covid-19 solutions for the offshore industry

The partnership has been launched in response to the energy industry’s requirements during the Covid-19 crisis. SSI Energy, a leading provider of medical and technical personnel to the energy industry, have partnered with CHC, a global helicopter service company specialising in providing travel to remote and challenging locations.

The North Sea platforms provide a bleak and isolated work environment at the best of times but the additional threat that Covid-19 brings has seen the operations around personnel safety intensify.

The prevention of Covid-19 reaching the platforms in the North Sea is critical for operations to continue. The SSI-Energy/CHC partnership offers operators a collaborative turnkey solution to mitigate this risk. Screening centres, employing specialist SSI Energy medics, were quickly set up at airports to reduce the chance of transmitting the disease offshore. Simultaneously, work was undertaken to address a worse-case scenario – Covid-19 being present on a platform, rig or vessel. CHC provided specialist Covid-19-adapted helicopters that could pick up infected personnel and bring them back to shore. This operation is supported by SSI Energy medics who accompany the helicopter to ensure any Covid-19 patients are given the best possible care.

SSI Energy’s Medical Director, Paddy Morgan, and his clinical governance team have scrutinised procedures to ensure that offshore personnel can receive the best medical care available at a moment’s notice. An SSI Energy medic can be mobilised via CHC’s Covid-19 helicopter in under an hour, reaching the suspected case no more than three hours from the initial call.

“The safety and health of operatives working in the offshore industry is of paramount importance. SSI Energy have been forward thinking enough to realise that the key to flexible, professional and cutting-edge medical services has been to engage a suitably qualified and medically current Clinical Governance team to make sure that all medical aspects of any tasking are appropriate and timely. This enables us to offer a high level of care to our patients and maximum protection for any of the SSI Energy Medics on tasking. These in harmony assist overall performance and delivery of bespoke medical solutions like the CHC partnership.”

CHC and SSI have mirrored this partnership operation in Aberdeen, following its successful set up in Norwich. Lee James, Deputy General Operations Manager at CHC explained;

‘We quickly recognised that the virus could have a significant impact on our customers’ operations. CHC developed a helicopter solution providing a dedicated aircraft and crew assigned to the recovery of suspected COVID-19 passengers, including, when requested, a fully qualified on-board medic. The service has been welcomed by our customers, allowing normal operations to be maintained whilst ensuring affected passengers are quickly and safely flown back to base.’

For more information, get in touch with us here.

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SSI Partners with Texo to Provide Coronavirus Screening Stations

We have recently formed a strategic partnership with Texo Accommodation, part of Texo Group of companies, to deliver modular Coronavirus screening stations in the UK.

The partnership will combine our range of Covid-19 screening and testing services with Texo Accommodation’s range of flexible, modular buildings which offer high-quality, rapidly deployed welfare facilities.

We have developed screening and testing services delivered by qualified medical personnel, which includes the Covid-19 Rapid testing kit. This detects IgG and IgM antibodies, which detects if a person has had coronavirus and has since recovered and takes 10 minutes to complete.

The SSI Energy/Texo modular Coronavirus screening stations will be targeted at sites of Critical National Infrastructure such as ports, airports and heliports, logistics centres and major construction sites where people are required to go to work to deliver essential services in the UK.

The modular concept is designed and manufactured by Texo Accommodation partner, ELA Container, the German modular building specialist. ELA has delivered a number of placements of modular systems in the UK and Europe to support customers during the Covid19 pandemic.

One of our directors, Jules Rawles, says “There is a clear need to ensure the safety of all people who are required to go to work and screening and testing is an essential part of this. The facilities required to offer this service are best offered outside of the premises which is why this partnership is particularly effective.”

Richard Lamb, Managing Director of Texo Accommodation, said: “The situation around working practices and the pandemic has been fast moving and requirements on how to work safely have been changing just as quickly.

“This partnership reflects the need to provide robust and accurate screening and testing to prevent the spread of Covid-19, while also meeting requirements for social distancing and general welfare. Clearly people having to stand and wait outside is suboptimal. The SSI Energy/Texo modular Coronavirus screening centre provides a truly flexible solution for facilities where essential workers need to come and go.”

Texo Accommodation, through its land-based modular division, can now deliver flexible office and welfare space, test centres, hand washrooms and sanitary units to workplaces and public facilities across the UK.

Modular office and welfare space (locker rooms or canteen space), as well sanitary facilities with toilets, offer organisations the opportunity provide sufficient social distancing space on a flexible and temporary basis, particularly for organisations providing essential services. Space for handwashing before entry to or departure from premises also ensures increased care is provided for all visitors or attendees.

To discuss requirements, contact:

Dave Thompson, Business Development Manager, SSI Energy david.thompson@ssi-energy.com

Richard Lamb, Managing Director, Texo Accommodation richard.lamb@texo.co.uk

About Texo Accommodation
Texo Accommodation has significant experience of providing bespoke modular units for a variety of uses across range of industrial sectors including offshore energy, aviation and construction.
Texo Group (texo.co.uk) with sister company Texo DSI, offers a multi-disciplined integrated asset management service to a range of industrial sectors. The fast-growing group has integrated a series of recent acquisitions, bringing in leadership with decades of experience to form its core divisions, including: Accommodation, Engineering, Fabrication, Integrity + and Resources, alongside Texo DSI.

About ELA Container GmbH
With 850 employees, over 45 years of experience and a global presence, ELA Container is the specialist when it comes to providing mobile room solutions in the form of containers.
ELA can quickly respond to last-minute enquiries with over 30,000 lettable containers in stock, in a wide range of designs and with diverse accessories.
ELA can also manufacture special containers for permanent use.
Expert service throughout, from planning, delivery and assembly to removal, is just as natural as the quality hallmark ‘Made in Germany’.
As a second-generation family business, ELA attaches great importance to proximity to customers.

 

 

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SSI Medic Provides Remote Medical Support for the British Antarctic Survey

SSI Group has been responsible for the deployment of emergency personnel to some of the most hostile and challenging locations around the world. With a roster of highly qualified, field experienced medics, SSI Group continues to support operations on and offshore during this period of international uncertainty.

Prior to the UK Government’s imposed lockdown, seasoned SSI medic Jon Porter embarked RRS Discovery from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on a 7-week research exploration supporting the British Antarctic Survey.

His primary task; carrying out offshore medical support for the 47 crew, technicians and scientists onboard .

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A typical view for SSI onboard medics

To conduct scientific operations , the ship travelled south as far as possible ultimately reaching 64º South , crossing nothing but ocean. Operating in such a remote and challenging environment, having a medic onboard is deemed essential due to the complete lack of readily available outside medical support.  For Jon, who is a former Royal Marines Commando and highly experienced operating under unforgiving situations, the risk profile was high but manageable.

The duty of the offshore medic is to provide prolonged care and the best possible management of patients for as long as possible until they can be extracted by helicopter or Royal Navy Vessels with qualified doctors onboard. Fortunately, on this expedition, no such operation was required.

As the scientists onboard deployed scientific sampling  equipment beyond depths of 6000m,  Jon’s time was spent training other personnel in basic and more advanced first aid techniques and exposing them them to aspects of remote medical care that were new to them  As a medic with a diverse set of skills, Jon had to allocate time too to younger personnel experiencing severe sea sickness as well as attending to one minor head injury. Jon also had to monitor the Covid-19 situation closely, keeping an eye on all personnel and making sure everyone onboard was up to date with best practices at the time.

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Whales spotted en route

This was another routine expedition for Jon who has operated as a medic under some of the most hostile and dangerous conditions one could expect of a former Royal Marines medic with 21 years of service. After leaving the Corp, Jon went into maritime anti-piracy, looking after ships as they travelled through waters at risk of Somalia pirates, then going on to onshore tasks providing close protection services in places like Kabul.

The RRS Discovery NOC task provided Jon with moments of consideration and appreciation too, where he was able to pay tribute to the fallen at the Royal Marines War Memorial in the Falkland Islands as well as witness whales and dolphins swimming off of South Georgia.

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The Memorial for Royal Marines who served in and around the Falkland Islands

The NOC task and Jon’s successful management of onboard personnel’s health is another example of SSI’s capability to optimise operations for clients in far reaching locations. For more information on how you can access highly valuable medics like Jon Porter, get in touch with us here.

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Managing a crisis: Covid-19 and the threat to Critical National Infrastructure

In the midst of uncertainty and significant risk to people’s health, it is clear that the need for robust and accurate screening and testing of Covid-19 is needed now more than ever.

The social and health implications of Covid-19 have already been well documented. However, what still remains largely unclear, is how badly our Critical National Infrastructure and supply chain is going to suffer and what measures can be put in place to preserve it, especially offshore.

It is imperative that workers involved in the energy industry are supported in their efforts to keep operations running. These are the personnel who will keep the lights on in homes across the country and heating in the homes of those who really need it. At this time, certain industries have a particular responsibility to keep operating.

Offshore activities need to continue, and staff need to be able to operate effectively in an environment with varying information and protocols. Vessels, for example, must pay particular attention to all personnel on the pre-embarkation and embarkation stage of deployment. Any personnel suspected with the virus must be dealt with effectively and sympathetically; human resources staff must have systems in place to ensure the wellbeing of all involved is catered for.

According to Jules Rawles, Director at specialist medical support company, SSI Energy, there are three core ways companies can help mitigate the effects of Covid-19 for their offshore personnel:

#1 Implement Robust Screening Measures

These can be instigated at reception centres, ports, and heliports. Key data can be obtained by carrying out assessments on paper such as detailed questionnaires and taking temperatures using a non-contact thermometer. If any personnel display symptoms under screening or assessments are indicative of an increased risk, they will be advised to self-isolate for 7 – 14 days, as per the Government’s current advice.

#2 Covid-19 Rapid Testing

The next layer of mitigation can be conducted using a Covid-19 Rapid testing kit. This testing kit is particularly useful for the testing of personnel based offshore and must be conducted by a registered Health Care Professional.

The Covid-19 Rapid testing kit detects IgG and IgM antibodies and can assist in determining whether the person has Covid-19 or not. The kit gives a positive or negative result in just 10 minutes and is used as an in vitro diagnostic tool to precede precautionary measures that will need to be put in place to manage the spread of the virus.

#3 Strategic Advice

Determining a suitable course of action for mitigating the effects of COVID-19, requires the expert advice and strategic management of a qualified medical professional. Having an experienced medical professional to advise senior management and board members as to what the future may look like, is important for business continuity and the future.

For more information about Covid-19 screening, testing and advice, go to our dedicated Covid-19 information page.