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NHS won't confirm permanent closure of Stranraer dementia unit

The town's Darataigh dementia unit remains closed, but for how long? Credit: ITV Border

Families in Stranraer are having to travel more than 70 miles to Dumfries to see their loved ones, after the town's Darataigh dementia unit closed.

They say they have been told the facility will be permanently shut.

But NHS Dumfries and Galloway bosses haven't confirmed that the closure is permanent, saying only that the boiler had broken down:

Three inpatients were relocated from Darataigh following a boiler failure.

We have been in contact with each of the families affected to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the patients and their Carers and we are fully committed to continuing the dialogue with the families over the coming weeks and months.”

– Spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway


Borders Hospital ward halts new admissions after Norovirus outbreak

Borders General Hospital in Melrose Credit: ITV Border

A ward at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose has been closed to new admissions following a norovirus outbreak.

NHS Borders say visitors are being discouraged from ward four to help prevent the infection spreading.

Anyone suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms in the past 48 hours is advised to stay away from the hospital.

Bereaved sisters campaign for public defibrillators

Hannah Milburn with a defibrillator Credit: ITV Border

Two women from Carlisle are campaigning for defibrillators to be installed around the city after their sister, Danielle Forrester, died from an unexpected heart condition.

They believe her life could have been saved if she'd had access to a defibrillator to try to re-start her heart.

Hannah Milburn and Faye Phillips, whose 29-year-old sister died after suffering a heart attack, are campaigning for defibrillators to be installed around the city.

Danielle Forrester and her family hadn't known that she had a heart condition.


'Veterans Helping Veterans' sponsored walk in D&G

Veterans Helping Veterans Credit: Veterans Helping Veterans

A group of military veterans are taking part in a 40-mile sponsored walk in order to raise money for Veterans Helping Veterans.

The charity helps ex-military personnel to cope with conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, by organising social activities with like-minded people.

The walk begins from Moniaive at 7am, before passing through Thornhill Cample, Dalswinton and finishing in Dumfries at 7pm.

WATCH: Happy outcome for Moffat couple who struggled to conceive

This week is National Fertility Awareness Week.

With statistics from Nuffield Health showing that more than fifty per cent of men say they wouldn't even discuss fertility concerns with their partner, men are being encouraged to speak about the issue during awareness week

Our reporter Hannah McNulty has been to meet a couple from Moffat whose problems conceiving had a happy outcome.

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