Taynuilt GP is given life-saving bag

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The Duchess of Argyll has shown her support for a rural emergency response charity following a presentation at Inveraray Castle.

The Duchess presented Dr Kate MacGregor, of Taynuilt Medical Practice, with a Sandpiper bag of life-saving equipment.

Dr MacGregor was announced as the latest British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) responder.

In rural areas including Argyll, responders act as volunteers when off duty, providing critical first aid and saving lives.

BASICS responders are equipped with Sandpiper bags which contain all necessary equipment required in an emergency.

Working in conjunction with the Scottish Ambulance Service, responders are located and dispatched as soon as the emergency call comes in.

This approach results in more patients being treated within 60 minutes following medical trauma or accident, during which there is the highest likelihood quick medical treatment will prevent death.

Sandpiper trustee Penny Dickson commented: ‘This was a very special occasion as it followed directly from a generous offer to the Sandpiper Trust from the Duchess of Argyll to promote its work at the Best of the West Festival in 2017.

‘Dr MacGregor was prompted to volunteer and train as a BASICS responder as a result of attending the festival and her equipment was financed directly by funds raised at last year’s event.’

The Sandpiper Trust has now supplied more than 1,000 Sandpiper bags to volunteer doctors, nurses and paramedics in rural areas of Scotland.

Each individual bag costs more than £1,000, but to appoint a fully equipped responder to the network can cost £4,000.

Additional items required include defibrillators, tracking devices linked to the ambulance service and protective clothing to ensure responder safety.

Go to www.sandpipertrust.org.