Rural GPs

I note that NHS Highland is having difficulty recruiting doctors to serve in remote areas (your report, 30 June).

My late husband Dr John Patterson and I spent three happy and formative, indeed career-enhancing, years on the Orkney island of Westray from 1958 to 1961.

We had no electricity nor a gravitational water supply, but we were made very welcome by the 900 local people.

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My husband believed his chest measurement had increased by half an inch thanks to daily pumping of water.

Madeline Patterson

Edinburgh