Scottish Salmon Company presents medical lifeline to local doctor

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A Stornoway GP has received a life-saving medical bag thanks to the generosity of employees at The Scottish Salmon Company.

The Sandpiper bag was presented to Dr Juanita MacLeod, a GP based at The Group Practice, and will enable her to carry out emergency treatment in some of the remotest parts of Lewis.

The bag, which includes 50 essential general medical and paediatric items and is supplied to medical professionals who have been trained in accident and emergency skills by The British Association of Immediate Care, Scotland (BASICS), was bought by The Scottish Salmon Company with monies raised during 2012.

On receiving her Sandpiper bag, Dr Juanita MacLeod said:

“The Sandpiper bag offers a lifeline to the people of Lewis, for which I am incredibly grateful to The Sandpiper Trust and The Scottish Salmon Company.

“My bag will travel with me at all times and make a real difference to the level and availability of emergency care in some of the remotest parts of the Island.”

Employees at The Scottish Salmon Company raised the funds for The Sandpiper Trust, its nominated charity, through a range of fundraising initiatives including a bake sale, summer BBQ and sweepstake during Euro 2012.

Stewart McLelland, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “As an organisation we are fully committed to the local community and are delighted to be supporting The Sandpiper Trust in its innovative approach to rural medicine.

“The Sandpiper Bag is an extremely successful tool for saving lives in the remotest parts of Scotland.”

Penny Dickson, founder of The Sandpiper Trust, said: “The Sandpiper Trust welcomes the support of The Scottish Salmon Company in providing this life saving medical pack, recognising the benefits of supplying equipment and training to local doctors, nurses and paramedics in rural areas, allowing them to provide immediate medical care.”

Pictured are The Scottish Salmon Company employees (L-R: Iain MacDonald, Alan Brown and Rosanna Pile) present the Sandpiper Bag to Dr Juanita MacLeod. (Picture by Rod Huckbody)