Health Care & Emergency Services

Update February 2015

The purpose built Health Centre provides a GP service, a dispensing pharmacy and a practice nurse. There is a sheltered housing development in Strachur. A retained fire service operates in the area, and a local Police Constable is based within the village. There are concerns that ambulances take some time to respond to emergencies in the district and that there may be a need for more local 24-hour medical care facilities for older people.

February 2008

Health Care

Doctor/GP: There is one purpose built doctor's surgery in Strachur District.  The practice has a dispensary, one consulting doctor, 1 associate doctor, 1 locum doctor, and 1 practice nurse five days a week, monthly visits from the chiropodist, weekly visits from the health visitor, the services of a district nurse five days a week and 2 receptionists.

Dentist: Nearest dental surgery is in Dunoon (20 miles).
Optician: Nearest optician is in Dunoon

Care facilities: Sheltered Housing run by Trust Housing Association Ltd (formerly Kirk Care) at Manse Gardens, Strachur

Hospital & Acute Services: The nearest general hospital with limited A&E is in Dunoon

Ambulance Service: Based Dunoon, with an outpost at Tighnabruaich.

Patient Transport: Carried out by Dunoon-based Scottish Ambulance Service Patient Transport staff, backed up by a taxi firm, also from Dunoon. There is also a community-based accessible minibus service run by Interloch Transport. Air Ambulance helicopters are able to land on the shinty field and the new carpark adjacent to the Memorial Hall.

Strategic Issues

There have been concerns over the time taken for ambulances to respond to emergencies in the district. This is thought to be due to remoteness of the Scottish Ambulance Service control centre - lack of local knowledge - combined with a lack of paramedic staff cover for Cowal.

With an increasing elderly population, there may be a need for more local 24-hour medical care facilities for older people. It is currently necessary to travel to Dunoon for respite care.

Patient transport to/from appointments used to be carried out by Red Cross volunteers, which worked well before the service ceased. An alternative voluntary system might be preferable to the current system.

 Emergency Services

Police Station with one Police Constable is based in Strachur
Retained Fire Service based in Strachur
Ambulance Station with ambulance and two paramedics based at Dunoon
Volunteer Mountain Rescue Squad based in Arrochar     

Strategic Issues

Ambulance service over-stretched and procedural issues within the organisation continue to cause delays in responding to emergencies in the Strachur district. This, however, is not a reflection on the quality of ambulance staff, who are excellent.

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