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Dr John Macleod: Eulogy

Dr James Douglas, a GP in Fort William, made the following eulogy speech at Dr Macleod’s funeral.  He has kindly given his permission for this to be made available here.

Dr John MacLeod 1935 – 2009

I first met John and Lorna in 1977 when I came to North Uist as a young doctor on the University of Aberdeen diving expedition. John made it his business to seek out the expedition campsite and offered us help and hospitality. He remained my friend and mentor until his unexpected death last week at the age of 74. Like so many people in this community, in this country and around the world he gave me friendship, support, advice and hospitality over the following 32 years. He was always a loyal friend and generous with his time. He always looked for and encouraged the best in people.

All of us hear today will have known John in different personal and professional ways.

John parents came to Lochmaddy in 1932 as the family doctors. He was born hear and contributed to community life right up until his death. That’s 77 years of McLeod service to this community, which he was deeply proud of and was recognised last year during the celebration of 60 years of the NHS in Scotland with an exhibition at the Chambers Street museum on the families work for rural health. Continue Reading →

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Dr John MacLeod: Obituary

The following obituary has been contributed by Dr James Douglas, a GP in Fort William.  Dr Douglas also spoke at Dr Macleod’s recent funeral, and the eulogy which he wrote for this will be published on RuralGP in the next few days.


1935 –2009

Dr John Macleod and his father before him served the Hebridean island community of North Uist for 77 years. His death marks the ending of an iconic style of UK rural general practice. He had an international reputation as the world’s expert on island health care. Sir John Dewar MP chaired The Highlands and Island Medical Service report that was the world’s first government enquiry into rural health care delivery published in 1912. His recommendations to constitute an essential general practice service to address rural deprivation were not implemented until 1932 when John’s parents arrived on North Uist with some certainty of income despite the island poverty. The Highland and Islands Medical Service then became the worked example considered by the post war government for the establishment of NHS general practice in 1948. Continue Reading →

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Tributes to Dr John Macleod OBE, GP Lochmaddy

The rural & remote health community was saddened in the last week to learn of the death of Dr John Macleod, long-serving GP of Lochmaddy (North Uist, Scotland) and one of the pioneers of rural practice.

The links below will demonstrate the impressive level of involvement that Dr Macleod had in the development of rural practice as a specialty, as well as some of his other talents.

If any reader wishes to contribute an official obituary, we will be happy to publish this.

Our thoughts are with Dr John’s family at this time.

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Developing a better ambulance service

ambThe Scottish Ambulance Service is consulting health organisations, the public and others, on how to develop its services for the future.  In particular, there is a specific focus on how to improve services in remote and rural areas.

The RCGP Rural Forum is submitting a response, with input from many remote and rural practitioners via the RCGP Remote & Rural Yahoo Group (see the banner on the right for details), including experiences of different types of transport for patient transfer.  However, individual submissions are also welcome.  The “Our Future” section of the SAS website has all the documents, and also web-based feedback forms.

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Rural innovation by consultants in Scotland


This month, the BMA have published an interesting report, highlighting some key innovative projects led by seventeen consultants around Scotland.

The report includes examples of innovations in rural & remote practice, particularly in terms of improving access to services by patients.

Of particular relevance to R&R practice are:

Dr Andrew Inglis – setting up the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in the West of Scotland.

Dr Peter Terry – outreach O&G Services to the Orkney Islands.

Prof Andrew Sim – R&R surgical services – plus training for trainees who wish to focus specifically on rurally-important skills.

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