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    RuralGP: Stimulating…

    From road accidents to heart attacks, you can be the only doctor around until more help arrives, sometimes by helicopter.

Dr Greg Hamill (Arran GP) and Dr Stephen Hearns (Consultant, Emergency Medical Retrieval Service) work together using ultrasound-guided vascular access. (Patient consent obtained).

#RuralGPframed – bringing rural healthcare into focus

the best camera is the one you have with you 1948 saw the beginning of the National Health Service in the UK.  Many of its principles were based on the development of the Highlands & Islands (Scotland) Medical Service which was launched in 1913 following the publication of the Dewar Report into the challenges of rural […]

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What happens when Deep End goes Rural?!

Many readers will be familiar with the Deep End project, originating in Glasgow but which has spread far and wide in describing the work of GPs working in areas of urban deprivation.  The original project brought together 100 general practices serving the most socio-economically deprived populations in Scotland.  The project team has carried out a fantastic […]

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Setting the right path for Canadian rural practice

Thanks to Dr Douglas Deans for highlighting this recently-published report from a collaborative taskforce in Canada, which has been set up to identify positive actions that are likely to result in a more robust, sustainable and supported rural health service in Canada.  The collaboration comprises the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada […]

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Dr Kate MacGregor, RCGP Scotland GP of the Year

Rural GP Kate MacGregor is RCGP Scotland GP of the Year

From Argyll to Inner City Glasgow, GPs Awarded for Their Outstanding Care The Royal College of GPs Scotland has announced the winners of the prestigious, annual GP of the Year and Practice Team of the Year awards. This year’s recipient of GP of the Year is Dr Kate MacGregor, a GP from Taynuilt Medical Practice […]

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Applications due by 7th April for Scottish Rural GP Fellowships 2017

beafellow.ruralgp.com Applications are now being invited for the GP Rural Fellowship Scheme, overseen by NHS Education for Scotland. The Fellowships offer a fantastic opportunity to build skills and experience in rural general practice, whilst experiencing the challenges and opportunities first-hand – during a well-supported year which includes nine weeks of study leave and a generous […]

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BASICS Scotland Annual Conference & AGM

BASICS Scotland are pleased to announce their annual conference will take place at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Saturday the 9th September 2017. This year’s theme is “It takes a system to save a life” and there are some fantastic speakers and workshops lined up including: Deputy CMO for the Scottish Government and the Keynote Speaker, […]

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New Report: Health & Wellbeing in Rural England

Thanks to David Syme for highlighting this report which was published on 11th March 2017. It offers a comprehensive view of the challenges and positive aspects of accessing and providing rural healthcare in England. The report mentions eight key ‘health risks’ of rural areas: Changing population patterns Infrastructure Digital access and exclusion Air quality Access […]

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Report from Islay: GURRMS Medical Student Conference

Student led conference in Islay provides novel long-term solution to rural GP recruitment By Keenan Smith, Gregor Stark and Alistair Carr Six months ago, we were sitting in the Glasgow University Union listening to Alistair explain his plan. He’d just returned from a five week GP placement on Islay where his eyes had been opened […]

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