Apache donates kit to cut back patient waiting times

Isabell Penman and Dr Bruce Strachan from Peterhead Medical Centre meet John Arthur and Fiona Allardyce from Apache North Sea.
Isabell Penman and Dr Bruce Strachan from Peterhead Medical Centre meet John Arthur and Fiona Allardyce from Apache North Sea.

Peterhead Medical Centre has unveiled new medical equipment paid for with an £8,000 donation from a North East energy firm.

Apache North Sea, who took ownership of the SAGE terminal at St Fergus 22 months ago, have a record of donating projects and charities in the area.

The latest donation paid for three pieces of equipment: a lithotomy chair, a dermatoscope - used to help detect serious skin conditions - and an ABP blood pressure monitor.

Dr Bruce Strachan of Peterhead Medical Centre praised Apache for the financial support offered to buy the kit.

He said: “For the last few years Apache have donated a number of diagnostic tools to the great benefit of the patients and we’re very grateful to them.

“This equipment will all be used on a daily basis and the new ABP monitor will reduce waiting times.

“It’s great patients can get the treatment they need.”

John Arthur, Plant Manager at the Apache SAGE Terminal St Fergus, said: “The funding was set aside by Apache North Sea to assist local health initiatives in communities where we operate.

“Apache actively encourage all employees to pursue a healthy and balanced lifestyle through the corporate “wellness” program.

“The donations to the Peterhead Medical Centre are in some ways an extension of this program.

“Apache hope that by funding specialist medical equipment it will enhance the range of diagnostic tools available to doctors, reduce waiting times and avoid unnecessary journeys through to ARI”.