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Patients and doctors transfer to new £270m Dumfries and Galloway hospital

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Patients and doctors at NHS Dumfries and Galloway are set to transfer to the new £270 million Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary this weekend, after months of planning and preparation.

The four day move from the existing hospital to the new site will require services from Scottish Ambulance Service, the local Council, Police and Fire Services, and removal company Harrow Green.

The new 344 single-bed en-suite facility includes a combined assessment unit, theatres complex, critical care unit, women’s and children’s unit and outpatients department.

Migration exercise in September Credit: NHS Dumfries & Galloway

The following services will be moving from Friday to Monday:

Friday

  • Emergency Dept/A&E
  • Ward 16 (Orthopaedics)
  • Intensive Care/Medical High Dependency and Surgical High Dependency Unit all move into the Critical Care Unit at new DGRI (a new kind of unit)
  • Cresswell closes to admissions at 8am. All admissions from 8am will go to the new Women and Children’s unit at new DGRI
  • Ward 15 (children’s ward) will move to the children’s ward at new DGRI – within the Women and Children’s Unit

Saturday

  • Ward 10
  • Ward 6
  • Ward 12
  • and remaining patients in Ward 7 (currently admissions ward)

Sunday

  • Ward 3
  • Ward 9
  • Ward 18
  • Ward 14
  • Alex Unit

Monday

  • Complete admin move
  • Complete therapies move
Photo credit: Paul McMullin

The Chief Executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway said:

The new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been the biggest undertaking in the history of the Health Board and many people have been working for several years in the build up to this one weekend. We’ve planned thoroughly for a successful transfer of services into the new hospital and we are looking forward to welcoming patients. Transfer of staff and patients on this scale (particularly in winter weather) is a hugely complex undertaking.

The process will commence on Friday morning and be complete by Monday to ensure a smooth continuity of service.

Delivering a modern, patient centred and highly efficient environment is central to the overall reshaping of health services across Dumfries and Galloway.”

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive, NHS Dumfries and Galloway