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Emergency trauma service recognised at Highland Heroes awards


By Niall Harkiss

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2022 Highland Heroes Winners..Emergency Services or Armed Forces Winner - PICT (Prehospital Immediate Care and Trauma Team)..Dr Catherine Brown and Stuart Abel..Picture: Callum Mackay..
2022 Highland Heroes Winners..Emergency Services or Armed Forces Winner - PICT (Prehospital Immediate Care and Trauma Team)..Dr Catherine Brown and Stuart Abel..Picture: Callum Mackay..

A Highland based emergency trauma service were named as Emergency Services Hero of the Year at this year’s Highland Heroes awards.

The PICT (Prehospital Immediate Care and Trauma Team) picked up the award in recognition of their specialised care for casualties at risk of losing their life or who need urgent and advanced care.

The awards ceremony, which took place at the Kingsmills Hotel on Thursday, March 24 recognised the best of community spirit across the Highlands.

The Emergency Services Hero of the Year award is great recognition of PICT’s excellent work since forming in 2016. Team members Dr Catherine Brown and Stuart Abel, advanced practitioner in critical care, collected the award on behalf of the whole team.

The team is made up of hospital specialists and general practitioners providing prehospital care for a range of medical conditions including trauma care.

Katherine Sutton, chief officer acute, NHS Highland said: “We would like to congratulate PICT on their award. It’s a fantastic achievement for the whole team. We look forward to working closely with them as we look at the best ways to deliver emergency services provision across the health board.

“We would also like to congratulate all this year’s Highland Heroes nominees and winners.”

Dr Catherine Brown, NHS Highland said: “It’s excellent to have won this award in a close category with so many worthy winners. This award reflects the PICT team’s hard work and dedication in helping people across the Highlands.”


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