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Remote nurse team goes the extra mile

Being a Macmillan nurse in any setting can present challenges – but when you are based on the Outer Hebrides, your journey to see a patient could include a ferry or a plane trip

Being a Macmillan nurse in any setting can present challenges – but when you are based on the Outer Hebrides, your journey to see a patient could include a ferry or a plane trip

  • Macmillan's Western Isles colorectal team’s 20-minute plane journey from Stornoway to Benbecula to catch a ferry to Barra
  • Weather and seasonal issues present significant challenges in carrying out the role
  • The team follow patients through their journey, covering primary and secondary care

Macmillan stoma and colorectal nurse specialist Chris Ann Maclean sometimes has a six-hour round trip to visit a single patient.

This is what happens when you are a nurse in the remote Outer Hebrides, a group of islands off the North West coast of Scotland. She is based in Stornoway at the Western Isles Hospital and her visits to patients’ homes have to cover four

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