TV alert: Dr MacLeod of North Uist (tonight)

videoiconNews just in about a TV programme tonight on BBC Alba (with subtitles for those of us not fluent in Gaelic!)…

Dr Alexander MacLeod was the first doctor of the Isle of North Uist, looking after 3,000 people on 16 inhabited islands for more than 40 years. Hailed as the last traditional rural doctor of his kind, Dr MacLeod was also recognised as a visionary who brought healthcare to thousands.

An Dotair Mor, a one hour programme to be broadcast by BBC ALBA, tells the story of how the legendary doctor was appointed under the Highlands and Islands Medical Service in 1932 at a time when there were no vaccines available to prevent deadly diseases on the remote Scottish islands and healthcare was only available to those who could afford it.

The programme An Dotair Mòr will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Monday 29th December 2014 from 22.00 to 23.00. featured the work of Dr Alex – and subsequently his son John – in October 2013.  You can read the article here.


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