Many visitors to RuralGP will be very familiar with the service that the Sandpiper Trust is providing to rural GPs across Scotland. Set up in 2001 in memory of Sandy Dickson, the charity provides fully-equipped emergency bags to enable GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide immediate medical care in rural Scotland.
Each bag costs in excess of £1000, however this reflects the fact that much-needed medical equipment is included, such as bag and valve masks, neck collars, intraosseous needles and chest drains. The bag itself has recently been redesigned in association with Tiso outdoor equipment, and has attracted international acclaim for its innovative layout and durable construction.
Over 750 bags have been distributed across Scotland, providing a vital network of equipment to rural communities, especially when ambulance response times are prolonged. Additional projects by the Sandpiper Trust include vehicle locator units and training equipment for use on BASICS Scotland courses.
Further information on the bags can be found at the new Sandpiper Trust website, where it’s also possible to make a donation to allow existing bags to be updated, and new bags to be delivered.