The islands of Benbecula, North Uist and South Uist are connected by causeway, home to around 5,000 people. The Atlantic stretches out to the west, with miles of white sandy beaches. On the east side, ancient mountains protect remote glens. Wildlife, archaeology, traditional lifestyles and arts, outdoor adventure and community life all make this a stimulating place to live.
There are three practices on the three main islands; Benbecula Medical Practice is a dispensing practice based on the central island. In addition to providing primary care services, we also provide medical cover to St. Kilda, the rocket range, and the airport.
We cover the 16 bedded community hospital as well as providing some of the out-of-hours. The hospital hosts visits from consultants, and has good support from larger hospitals elsewhere. Patients requiring specialist input are airlifted off the islands. This provides a wide range of educational opportunities, and has enabled previous students to reflect on their clinical strengths and enthusiasms away from pressure to conform with university careers pathways.
Each year, we aim to take one medical school applicant, one or two FY2 placements/GP trainee rural taster weeks. We are also a placement for the Rural fellowship, and can take students for part of their elective block, shared with a neighbouring practice. More detailed information is available about the GP Rural Fellowship from the NES rural fellowship page.
We will only consider applicants for placements who provide us with a letter setting out some clear learning objectives relating to our practice setting and workload. The letter can be attached to an email, and should include the name of at least one referee from their medical school.