08 May 2014 by Moira Dobson
In February I was contacted by the BBC in Glasgow who were looking for walkers to become involved in filming ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’, a primetime health magazine show on BBC2.
The BBC wanted us for an episode called ‘Save a Life’. Their presenter Dr Saleyha, an A&E doctor, would show a group of walkers who had no first aid training what to do when confronted with a hypothermia situation.
I wanted to get as many people as possible involved in what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So I contacted Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Brechin Ramblers and gathered 26 people to turn up on the day of filming. We were to dress as if we were going walking on the hills, so we turned up in waterproofs and warm clothing.
Filming took place at Dronley Farm, Muirhead, near Dundee, and took most of the day. Andrew Laing, the BBC producer, filmed us walking around the paths near Dronley Farm giving us instructions on what was required.
Dr Saleyha interviewed Ian Young, a member of the Dundee Ramblers, who had unfortunately suffered from hypothermia in the past, when out on the hills.
Dr Saleyha then paired us up, asking one person to be a hypothermia 'patient' and the other to act as the carer. The carers were shown how to use aluminium sheets and survival bags, to keep the 'patients' warm.
It was a really informative and fun day. We learnt how to treat someone suffering from hypothermia in a friendly and interactive way and we had lots of fun trying to follow the instructions given - with some comical moments! We also had a chance to experience first-hand how a film is made for television.
The BBC were great hosts, making sure we were comfortable and providing refreshments for the group. They also paid for us to have an enjoyable lunch at a local hostelry.
I can honestly say it was an experience I will never forget.
Moira Dobson is the group secretary for Dundee Ramblers. The BBC edpisode 'Save a Life' is due to appear on the 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor' series on BBC 2 in September.