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An Dotair Mòr

BBC ALBA – Monday 29 December at 10.00pm

An Dotair Mòr

BBC ALBA - Diluain 29 Dùbhlachd aig 10.00f

An Dotair Mòr

WORK OF VISIONARY HIGHLAND DOCTOR EXPLORED IN NEW BBC ALBA DOCUMENTARY

Dr Alexander MacLeod was the first doctor of the Isle of North Uist, looking after 3,000 people on 16 inhabited islands for more than 40 years. Hailed as the last traditional rural doctor of his kind, Dr MacLeod was also recognised as a visionary who brought healthcare to thousands.

An Dotair Mor, a one hour programme to be broadcast by BBC ALBA, tells the story of how the legendary doctor was appointed under the Highlands and Islands Medical Service in 1932 at a time when there were no vaccines available to prevent deadly diseases on the remote Scottish islands and healthcare was only available to those who could afford it.

There were no hospitals, no telephones and few roads when Dr MacLeod first arrived on Uist. With perseverance through any weathers he used all possible means to reach patients living in remote locations; on foot, by boat or horse, he tended to accidents and emergencies. With ingenuity and compassion, using only what he carried in his two coat pocket, he treated epidemics and helped deliver thousands of babies.

The programme features moving testimonies from Dr MacLeod’s patients and colleagues with archive material and spectacular footage of North Uist creating a touching character profile of a truly remarkable man.

Determined to ensure his patients had access to the very best medical care, he pioneered the air ambulance service which continues to provide a vital lifeline today. He devised new obstetric techniques to ensure the safe delivery of babies during difficult home births. An Dotair Mor shows the extent of his courage, and when vaccines for previously incurable diseases like polio, diphtheria and measles were introduced, Dr MacLeod was quick to test them on his own five children before using them to protect his patients. He campaigned hard for the best elements of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service to be included in the new National Health Service during the 1940s so that healthcare was ready accessible to all people.

Dr MacLeod was eventually awarded an OBE for his services to general practice and joked that it was because he had ‘One Blind Eye’ having lost an eye during a shinty match when he was a medical student in Glasgow. He also remarked that it should have gone to his wife Dr Julia MacLeod, who worked tirelessly at his side and was his partner in the medical practice.

Produced by UistFilm, the programme will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Monday 29th December 2014 from 10.00 until 11.00pm

An Dotair Mòr

Dè thachras nuair nach eil banachdach ann airson casg a chur air galairean marbhtach? Nuair nach fhaigh daoine cùram slàinte ach a’ chuid a phàigheas air a shon? Ceistean cudromach an-diugh fhèin le bhìoras Ebola agus Seirbheis Slàinte Nàiseanta ann an suidheachadh cugallach. Bha na ceistean seo cudromach dhan Dotair Ailig MacLeòid cuideachd nuair a chaidh fhastadh gu dreuchd a’ chiad dotair teaghlaich ann an Uibhist a Tuath ann an 1932 fo bhratach Seirbheis Slàinte na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean. Tha ‘An Dotair Mòr’ ag innse mar a choimhead an dotair iomraiteach seo às dèidh sluagh trì mìle sgapte eadar 16 eilean airson còrr agus 40 bliadhna gun ospadal, goireasan fòn agus gainnead rathaidean nuair a thòisich e an toiseach ann an 1932. Dhèanadh e oidhirp euslainteach a ruighinn ann an aimsir sam bith agus cha robh a’ chuid ann an ceàrnaidh iomallach na thrioblaid dha nas motha. Bha e a’ frithealadh thubaistean agus suidheachaidhean èiginneach le bàta, each no a’ coiseachd. Chaidh aige air galairean sgaoilte a leighis le chuid innleachdas a’ cleachdadh na bh’ aige na phòcaid agus ’s ioma leanabh a thug e dhan t-saoghal.

A’ cleachdadh fianais bho dhaoine a bha fo chùram an Dotair Ailig aig aon àm no a bha ag obair còmhla ris, stuth à tasglann agus pìosan ùra a chaidh fhilmeadh ann an Uibhist a Tuath fhèin airson a’ phrògram, tha am film a’ dèanamh dealbh de shàr dhuine. Le deagh shunnd agus faireachdainn làidir, coimheadaidh an fhilm seo air dè cho mòr ’s a bha an Dotair Ailig na fhear de na dotairean traidiseanta, dùthchail mu dheireadh? Agus dè cho lèirsinneach ’s a bha e na dhotaireachd?

Chuir e roimhe gum biodh seirbheis mheidigeach Uibhist a cheart cho math ris an t-seirbheis a bha aig duine eile agus shaothair e gus ambaileans-adhair a chur air bhonn a tha cho cudromach an-diugh ’s a bha e an-dè. Dhealbh e modhan ùra air leanabain a thoirt dhan t-saoghal gu sàbhailte ann an suidheachaidhean doirbh. Nuair a thigeadh banachdach ùr thuige an toiseach, bha e an-còmhnaidh gam feuchainn air a’ chuid cloinne fhèin mus toireadh e sian seachad do dh’euslainteach. Rinn e sabaid airson nan nithean a bha soirbheachail ann an Seirbheis Mheidigeach na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan eilean a chumail an lùib nan nithean ùra a rinn suas seirbheis Slàinte Nàiseanta ùr anns na 1940an. Bha e gu mòr den bharail gu robh còir aig a h-uile duine air cùram slàinte.

Choisinn e tiotal OBE airson a shaothair ann an obair slàinte agus rinn e fealla-dhà mun chùis ag ràdh gun e tiotal “One Blind Eye” a fhuair e agus e air a fhradharc a chall ann an aon sùil a’ cluiche geam iomain agus e na oileanach ann an Oilthigh Ghlaschu. Thuirt e cuideachd aig an àm gur e a bhean, an Dotair Julia, a bha na dotair san ionad mheidigeach còmhla ris, a bha airidh air an tiotal seo.

’S e ‘An Dotair Mòr’ a’ chiad choimisean aig Uist Film do MG ALBA.


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