A Western Isles doctor has been nominated for a national health award in recognition of her ‘unwavering support and leadership’ during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Mhairi Murdoch, who completed her GP training at Langabhat Medical Practice, is now the on-call medical physician at Western Isles Hospital.

She was nominated by colleagues at NHS Western Isles for the doctor award in the Scottish Health Awards and has reached the final shortlist in a year which saw the highest number of entries since the awards began.

In a statement from the awards team, a spokesperson said: “In a year when staff across health and social care have been rising to the many challenges of dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19), there’s never been a better time to recognise and reward our staff across health and social care for what they have been doing day-in and day-out.

“The Scottish Health Awards recognise not only the outstanding contribution of frontline health and social care workers, but also shines a light on those who work so hard behind the scenes in support roles to ensure Scotland has the highest standard of health and care services.”

NHS Western Isles said they were delighted to see Dr Murdoch recognised in the most prestigious and recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland.

Run by the Daily Record in partnership with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, the awards are now well established in the Scottish calendar and recognise those that go that extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of others. 

Dr Murdoch is a specialist in medical education in rural areas and has also worked in London and Western Australia.

Outside work, she enjoys climbing the Hebridean hills and finds it hard to resist a sea swim.

The award winners will be announced on 9 December at a virtual ceremony being hosted by comedian and BBC presenter Fred MacAulay.