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BASICS Scotland Conference 2011

Saturday 10th September 2011

Carnoustie Golf Hotel, nr Dundee

This year’s BASICS Scotland conference will be held at Carnoustie, and will focus on “Trauma Systems for Scotland”.  As usual, there will be a broad range of other presentations and exhibitors, and the event will culminate in a dinner and ceilidh.

The guest speaker is Dr Howard Champion, and other presentations include A&E and offshore retrieval, and case reports by BASICS responders.  There will also be a demonstration by Carnoustie Coastguard.

For more information and programme details, visit the BASICS Scotland website here.

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The Sandpiper Trust

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.

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BASICS Scotland Conference

basicsscotland‘Tis the season to be advertising conferences!  Next up is BASICS Scotland, who’ve planned for a great conference on Saturday 12th September.

This year the event will take place at the Erskine Bridge Hotel (near Glasgow) and the programme asks the question “Can the Emergency Services Cope on Their Own?”.  Speakers include Pauline Howie, Acting Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, and Johnny Morrison, a Military Surgical Registrar who will give an account of his time in Afghanistan.

Information on how to register is available from the BASICS Scotland Website.

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