MEMBER NEWS: RMI successfully supports UK Antarctic Heritage Trust’s latest Port Lockroy expedition – home to the world’s southernmost post office and museum

June 8, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: RMI successfully supports UK Antarctic Heritage Trust’s latest Port Lockroy expedition – home to the world’s southernmost post office and museum

RMI, which specialises in saving lives and protecting the health and wellbeing of workers on remote and diverse sites across the world, has recently provided topside medical support to an all-female team of four working at the world’s most remote post office and museum in Antarctica.

RMI was chosen by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) charity to provide topside medical support to the team, which was responsible for managing the historic site of Port Lockroy in Antarctica, a region without running water or a flushing toilet. The team’s role also included counting the island’s penguins and operating the world’s most remote museum.

RMI provided the team with remote medical support to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of the team throughout the five-month posting. The complex environment posed high levels of risk with its harsh conditions, including freezing temperatures and high winds, and given the extreme remoteness, limited access to communications. The trip was completed successfully, and all four team members returned home safely.

RMI was also responsible for devising and managing the expedition’s medical evacuation plan in the event of emergency which, while not used, was tested thoroughly in the build-up to the trip and drilled during the mission, to ensure staff on-site were provided with the highest level of support.

Jules Rawles, Managing Director UK at RMI, said: “The complex nature and extreme remoteness of this expedition to the historic Port Lockroy in Antarctica could have posed significant risks, but our specialist topside medical support throughout ensured the health and safety of the team on the ground. Our carefully planned emergency evacuation procedures, which were stringently stress tested in advance, were not required at any point, highlighting the RMI team’s role in injury and incident prevention.

“At RMI, we have years of experience developing and deploying bespoke medical solutions across the globe. Despite our impressive track record, every incident-free event must be celebrated and we’re thankful to the four individuals involved, as well as the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, for its dedication to health and safety and for putting its trust in our team of experts.”

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