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Dreadnought Medical Service resumes following Covid shutdown

8 September 2020

The Dreadnought Medical Service is to resume following a five-month shutdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Seafarers requiring elective procedures can visit their GP or MCA Approved Doctor to seek referral to the Hospital via the Dreadnought Medical Unit. Those with existing referrals will be contacted direct by Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

The Dreadnought is a priority medical service for seafarers and, in some cases, partners and children. It is tailored to working seafarers including fishers, merchant seafarers, pilots and seafarers working on tugboats. Merchant Navy or Cadet trainees can access the services, as well as essential shipping company shore staff.

Retired seafarers and working Union officials can also access the service.

The Seafarers Hospital Society, which Administers the service, warned that there could be delays as service resumes but welcomed the news that these important medical services for seafarers, upon whom the country and the economy rely, are slowly returning.