Duchess backs ru­ral life-sav­ing char­ity

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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 life­sav­ing equip­ment on Satur­day April 10 at In­ver­aray Cas­tle.

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

In ru­ral ar­eas such as 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 the nec­es­sary equip­ment reARGYLL quired 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 that 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. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Sand­piper Trust, go to www.sand­piper trust.org.

The Duchess of Ar­gyll with a woman whose son was saved by a Sand­piper Trust vol­un­teer doc­tor.

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