Those of us working in the NHS were envious to hear that Fraser treated just 2-3 patients per week during his year at the research station.
Cases ranged from dental work, to fractured patella to seal bites.
The medics in the room were very impressed to hear how he cleaned seal guts from the scientist’s microscope and commandeered it to diagnose post-strep glomerulonephritis!
With the nearest CT scanner being in Chile, Fraser was reliant on his training, his new-found skill as radiographer, email or phone advice from Derriford Hospital and a huge dose of ingenuity. This extended to him designing and making a dust sheet for the new digital xray machine from a surplus plastic body bag.
In his free time, Fraser turned his hand to many additional roles.
Providing search and resuce training and advanced first aid training was something he considered essential for his own self-preservation - being the only doctor on the island!
At various times, he became post-office staff, boat crew, cook, petrel rescuer and official rationer of chocolate bars - kept in the locked controlled drugs cupboard, with team members allowed one bar a week.