09 December 2020, Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA: Vikand Solutions, LLC—a global maritime medical operations and public health solutions provider—is honored to have played a role with Saga in assisting with the medical aspects of safety requirements for its Lloyd’s Register Shield+ COVID-19 health assurance accreditation. Saga is the first cruise operator to earn this important qualification.
“As a valued client, VIKAND is delighted that Saga received this critical certification. Our team has worked very closely with Saga as their healthcare partner and medical manager for both Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure,” says Holly Love, VIKAND’s Vice President of Medical Operations, continuing, “The Lloyd’s Register accreditation and the steps involved to achieving it—ensuring safety onboard—indicates that we’re getting closer to welcoming guests back onboard Saga ships in the safest possible way.”
As medical manager, VIKAND directs all aspects of onboard medical care and support. “In addition to ensuring a best-in-class medical operation, VIKAND is working with all regulatory organizations, governmental agencies and the Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA) to ensure that Saga is in total compliance when the UK is opening cruising again,” Love comments. Vikand’s services encompass all aspects of healthcare at sea including medical staff, 24/7 dedicated shoreside medical support, policies and procedure, regulatory compliance, case and claims management, medical escorts, formulary and supplies, biomedical equipment management, public health consulting and proven strategies for proactive health management, including mental health support. Dennis Peyton MPH, CIC, and VIKAND’s Director of Public Health, remarks, “Together with our approach to COVID-19 identification, mitigation, and prevention—which is fast moving, fluid and profoundly serious—we provide the breadth of healthcare solutions and testing technology that needs to become available at increasing speeds. It is our goal to offer Saga operational peace of mind.”
Saga is a leading provider of products and services primarily tailored for customers over the age of 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has been carefully developed over the past 60 years to become one of the most recognised and trusted brands among UK consumers aged over 50. Saga is synonymous in the UK with the over 50s market and is recognised for its high-quality products and services. These include cruises and holidays, home and motor insurance, savings and share dealing and the award-winning Saga Magazine. www.saga.co.uk
VIKAND provides global medical and public health service solutions to the entire maritime industry, including cruise, yacht, superyacht, commercial shipping, fishing, and energy sectors. VIKAND works with more than 200 cruise ship clients—spread over 23 cruise lines—supporting 120,000 crew with medical and mental wellness needs supported by experienced onboard and onshore medical staffs. VIKAND’s proven medical and public health expertise and experience is demonstrated through a proactive and evidence-based healthcare approach, the VIKAND Total Healthcare Solution and is coordinated with global regulatory agencies and industry associations. Solutions encompass 24/7 medical management, public health, and COVID-19 consulting, biomedical equipment maintenance and products, and leading air and surface decontamination solutions. VIKAND recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and was awarded the Seatrade Cruise Awards Supplier of the Year 2020 in October.
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