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Pilot to test rural healthcare delivery in Scotland

29th January 2013

Scotland's health secretary has launched a pilot scheme which concentrates on testing new methods of delivering healthcare to remote areas of the country.

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Alex Neil opened the scheme on Monday as he visited Kilchoan in Ardnamurchan in the Western Highlands.

He said: "I am committed to ensuring that all communities in Scotland receive safe and sustainable health care services. This pilot scheme for remote healthcare, which is being led by NHS Highland, will play a vital role in helping to meet the needs of rural communities."

"I would expect this to have relevance not only for remote areas, but that it would be suitable for testing in urban as well as remote areas in Scotland."

The project's lead will be NHS Highland, who will work with local communities on the development of the pilot.

The health secretary had a meeting with people who work as part of the Emergency Responder Scheme, which was started in March last year by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Milne Weir, General Manager, North Division, Scottish Ambulance Service, said: "The Emergency Responder Scheme is working well and has received very positive support from the community and stakeholders."

 

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