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NHS Chief Executive apologises to dementia families

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway has apologised to families in Stranraer, after their loved ones were moved from the town's dementia facility.

Darataigh dementia unit was closed temporarily because repairs had to be carried out to the boiler.

However, families then said they had been informed that the closure was permanent, meaning they would have to make the 75-mile trip to Dumfries to visit their loved ones on a permanent basis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has since said it will re-open Darataigh for the duration of a six-month consultation into the site's future.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace has now apologised to the families over how they were treated:

I think I need to apologise, we didn't communicate effectively, either about what our current dementia model is, and how Darataigh is used, or how we want dementia services to be in the west of the region."

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive


Bay City Rollers to headline Big Burns Supper 2016

Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers Credit: PA

The Bay City Rollers have been announced as one of the headline acts of the Big Burns Supper 2016.

The Scottish 70s boy band will play at the Spiegeltent in Dumfries on the opening night of the Big Burns Supper.

The festival, which describes itself as 'the World's biggest Burns night celebration', will run from January 23rd - 31st 2016.

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