What is Medico?

  • Medico messages request or transmit medical advice from and to a vessel at sea.
  • Each medico message may be addressed to rcc’s or communications facilities from ships at sea. The messages should be prefixed “dhmedico” so that communications personnel know to handle them as medico messages.
  • The ITU list of radio determination and special service stations lists commercial and government radio stations which provide free medical message service to ships.
  • These messages are normally delivered to hospitals or other facilities with which SAR authorities or the communications facilities has made prior arrangements
  •  SAR services may provide medical advice either with their own doctors or via arrangements with doctors outside the SAR organisation.
  • There are several commercial enterprises which provide international subscription and pay per use medical advice to vessels at sea.  Replies to messages should indicate the medical facility which provided the medical information.