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PODCAST #24 – Rural Connectivity & Scottish Prehospital Care

In this podcast, I am joined by another Island doc – Dr David Hogg is based on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. He edits the very slick website and is one of the Directors of BASICS Scotland.

BASISC Scotland - GPs and RNs providing prehospital care before retrieval arrive

BASISC Scotland – GPs and RNs providing prehospital care before retrieval arrive

David is based on the Isle of Arran, Scotland – with 5000 off locals and a huge tourist influx, his work encompasses not just primary care but also prehospital care.

Unlike Australia, where there is NO formalised involvement of rural doctors in PHEC nationally(*), Scotland (and indeed the rest of UK) recognise the value of having additional expertise on the scene, even before retrieval services arrive (Scottish EMRS are a slick unit).

* South Australia has the RERN system (rural emergency responder network) with rural doctors who can value add to prehospital responses, mostly by volunteer ambulance crews, before expert retrieval services arrive on scene.

In this podcast we discuss

– rural practice, similarities of Scotland and Australia
– the work of BASICS and the Sandpiper trust
– use of smartphones to enable GPS-localisation of BASICS assets
– need for connectivity, both at local level (mobile/net access) and for FOAMed

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Why we don't have a similar system in rural Australia eludes me...

Why we don’t have a similar system in rural Australia eludes me…

Check out more details via

BASICS Scotland

The SandPiper Trust

EMRS (Emergency Medical Retrieval Scotland)

Each SandPiper bag contains ALS kit

Each SandPiper bag contains ALS kit


  1. […] was speaking last week with David Hogg, a remote area doctor on the Isle of Arran in Scotland about the UK BASICS scheme – […]

  2. […] You can read more bio on David via last months podcast (Podcast No #24 – Rural Connectivity & Scottish Prehospital Care) […]

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