Skye is a fantastic place to combine work and an outdoor lifestyle, and we feel privileged to be paid to combine such diverse and stimulating work with living in such a beautiful environment.
Skye provides all manner of outdoor activities, from the infamous Cuillin mountaineering ridge, to coastal walks, sea kayaking, cycling and it is a photographer’s paradise.
Broadford provides the central services for the south of the island, with a supermarket, primary school, pharmacy, hotels and a couple of restaurants, and was even recently listed as one of the top 10 places to live in Scotland by The Sunday Times!! Portree is the island’s ‘capital’ – just 25 miles North of Broadford, it provides further shops, restaurants, and a cinema.
The Skye acute rural fellow post is to be based in the Mackinnon Memorial Hospital, Broadford, Isle of Skye. Mackinnon Memorial Hospital is the referral centre for acute medical services for the Isle of Skye, Raasay & adjacent mainland Lochalsh. It is a unique Community Hospital providing 20 intermediate care beds, surgical theatre, midwife suite, radiology unit, outpatient clinic facilities, chemotherapy facilities & a fully equipped emergency resuscitation room.
The rural practitioners accept everything across the spectrum for initial assessment. Admissions to MMH are those appropriate for a unit covered by up skilled generalists rather than specialist consultants, with more complex cases being transferred to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, some 100 miles away. Resuscitation, stabilisation and emergency transfer of acutely unwell & trauma patients also falls within our scope and remit and all RPs have undertaken training in airway management and transfer of critically ill patients, usually liaising closely with the EMRS (emergency medical retrieval service).
Mackinnon Memorial Hospital is also the primary focus for out of hours care for the Skye and Lochalsh primary care general practices and so, out of hours, the RPs are involved in consultations and visits to primary care patients as required, in conjunction with their hospital commitment.
As an acute rural fellow, you will work alongside the rural practitioners (GPs with additional training in acute care) – their role involves dealing with the full range of varied A&E work, primarily medical and surgical inpatient care with the occasional paediatric and obstetric care; they also support the visiting surgical service, and provide out of hours care for the Skye & Lochalsh primary care general practices.
Photo courtesy of Pelle Sten, under Creative Commons licence