Arran is a unique place to work and live. It is the seventh largest island in Scotland, home to mountains and 57 miles of coast, and covers an area larger than Greater Glasgow. Our population of around 5,000 quickly increases to a peak of over 20,000 during the spring and summer months, which keeps things rather busy.
Primary health care is delivered by Arran Medical Group, from three surgeries and four branch surgeries, by a team of more than 40 clinicians and administrative staff.Hospital care is provided at Arran War Memorial Hospital, which the GPs are also involved with. There are visiting consultants for some clinics, and we enjoy good links with our colleagues at Crosshouse and Ayr Hospitals for advice and transfer of particularly unwell patients. There are close links between all multidisciplinary teams, from mental health to social work and education.Working on Arran demands generalist skills. As a GP, you could quite literally be seeing a patient with diabetes one minute, and attending a road accident or applying a plaster cast the next. The island is rich in learning opportunities, and we’re keen to make this available for those who are studying or training – both in nursing and medicine.
Most of our students come from planned placements but each year we are able to take on a handful of elective students. More detailed information is available about the GP Rural Fellowship from the NES Rural Fellowship page.
Photo (c) David Hogg