FUNDRAISING NEWS: Scottish group to help GPs save more lives in rural areas

A Scottish charity aims to raise £750,000 over the next three years to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving equipment.

The Sandpiper Trust, which provides GPs in rural Scotland with medical kits, plans to deliver 175 portable emergency kits by the end of the year.

The kits provide a range of medical equipment for immediate use on accident victims, helping GPs in remote and rural areas.

Scottish GPs have to undergo specialist accident and emergency training and gain a certificate from The British Association for Immediate Care (Scotland) to be awarded with a kit.

The trust has developed the kits in recognition of the "Golden Hour", the critical period between a serious accident and getting a patient to hospital, to increase the chances of survival.

The trust was set up last year by the family and friends of 14-year-old Sandy Dickinson from Perthshire, who drowned in a Canadian lake two years ago.

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