Peterhead Medical Practice received a generous donation that allowed them to buy new equipment by the local branch of an American oil giant.
Apache Corporation is an independent oil and gas company from the USA and are the operator of the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) Processing Terminal located in St Fergus.
They donate money annually to the Buchan health centre, and this year gave enough money for a 24 hour blood pressure monitor, a portable defibrillator and new set of chairs.
The seating is in the waiting area and all the consultation rooms. They are more comfortable and contain armrests so that elderly patients can get up easier.
Susan Allan, the lead practice nurse, thanked Apache for their ongoing support of the clinic.
“We really appreciate the donation because it allows us to buy the equipment for patient care,” she said.
“It’s already made a huge difference. A significant amount of patients have already commented positively,” she added.
Two representatives of Apache Corporation visited the medical centre in a presentation of the newly bought instruments.
Apache SAGE Gas Plant Manager John Arthur and Public Affairs Fiona Allardyce made the trip.
Mr Arthur was proud that the company played a positive role in the local area.
“It is a donation we have given annually for over 10 years and we really enjoy doing it because the whole community benefits from it,” he commented.
And Fiona also said the company take pride in it’s contribution.
“As a company we are glad to assist locally,” she said.