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Dr Hanson


Skye doctor Jonathan Hanson is leaving behind his island duties to help Team GB athletes go for gold in Rio.

The 43 year old is just one of two NHS Highland doctors who will be heading for the Olympic Games in Brazil which are due to start next month.
Going with him will be Culloden based Dr Derick Macleod and the pair will have been chosen to serve as medical officers for the Performance Services Team during the games which will take place from 5th to 21st August.

The two doctors will primarily be based at the Olympic Village in Barra de Tijuca as part of a multi-disciplinary team made up of 44 highly-experienced health professionals from all four home countries.

Dr Hanson is a qualified consultant in sport and exercise medicine – one of only four in Scotland – and works part-time as a rural practitioner in Broadford. At the same time he shares his expertise working at the Sportscotland Institute of Sport in Stirling and for Scottish Rugby.

He said: “Derick and I are extremely proud to be selected, but most importantly the complete focus should be on our Team GB athletes. It’s great for sport and exercise medicine in the north of Scotland that we are both supporting Team GB athletes to be the best they can be.

“We all have specific roles depending on our skills and background. For my role, working in a busy rural emergency environment has provided me with valuable experience that will help me and the team cope with any situation that arises.

“It has been a comprehensive selection process and we have been well prepared by Team GB and supported by NHS Highland colleagues.”

Dr Hanson added: “Hopefully Team GB’s success in the competition will inspire people of all ages to be more physically active in their daily lives. We don’t all have to train like Olympic athletes as small changes like choosing to walk short journeys can provide real health benefits.”

NHS Highland chief executive Elaine Mead said: “We are extremely proud that these two talented and dedicated experts from NHS Highland have been selected to support our Olympic athletes in Brazil.

“Their participation with Team GB, alongside their professional relationships with Scottish Rugby, Team Sky and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, highlights that not only are the Highlands a beautiful place to work, but our staff hold prestigious positions, showing that working in the north of Scotland provides outstanding career opportunities and development.

“We wish them and all of Team GB’s athletes the very best of luck for the Olympic Games this summer.”

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