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Title: HIGHLAND DOCTOR
Reference number: 0033
Director: d. Kay Mander
Sponsor: MOI for the Dept. of Health for Scotland
Production company: Paul Rotha Productions
Running time: 21 mins
A dramatised account of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service. How medical facilities improved after the 1912 Dewar Committee. In particular, how the 'air ambulance' increased health care in the Western Isles.
Filmed on the islands of Lewis, Harris and North Uist, and at Ullapool, Inverness, Dingwall. With the exception of the specialist, all the players are amateurs. Kay Mander takes a cameo role as the bicycling district nurse. The scene where the doctor signals by flag for a ferry across to an island is the boat link to Berneray. Kay Mander being interviewed by Archive Curator in 2000 recalls that Alex Mackenzie's character of the doctor was modelled on the local GP known as 'One eye Mackenzie' who lost an eye playing shinty as a student with John Grierson.
ph. Teddy Catford
ph. ass. Francis Gysin
m. Ian Whyte
cond. Muir Mathieson
sc. Roger McDougall
[local GP played by Alex Mackenzie]
Shotlist: Credits (.31) shot of the steamer "Lochnevis" at the pier in wartime colours. Dr. Wright arrives at the Hebridean home of Dr. McWilliam [the bank at Lochmaddy] to answer his call for aid in a difficult case. After examining the patient, they decide that it is a case for the hospital and the air ambulance is called from Glasgow to the island to transfer the patient to hospital. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, the two doctors discuss the history of the Medical Service in the islands and there then follows a re-enactment of the 1912 Dewar Committee action in investigating the need for medical facilities in the Highlands and Islands region. The improvement of the service over the years is then discussed (21.15)
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