THREE doctors from the region are to spend six months working in the Falkland Islands.

GPs George Campbell, John McAuley and Paul Ward, all of the Whitby Group Practice, in North Yorkshire, will be working at a hospital in Port Stanley.

The aim is to develop long-term links between medical practices in the two towns, which are already twinned through a local council initiative.

Dr Campbell said "We were chosen because of the work we do at Whitby Hospital. It is unusual to have GPs working in hospitals."

The GPs, whose surgeries in Whitby will be covered by locum doctors, were approached to go to the Falklands by Norman McGregor-Edwards, a former Whitby resident who is now social services director in the Falklands.