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'Significant improvements' needed at Galloway Community Hospital

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been told it must make "significant improvements" at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland first raised concerns about patient care and safety after an inspection in November. It's now carried out a follow up inspection and says it's failed to find significant improvements.

Concerns include a lack of support and leadership from senior management. Local MP Russell Brown says the report is "utterly damning".

The hospital first opened in September 2006, replacing both the Dalrymple Hospital and the Garrick Hospital. Twenty-six areas have been identified for improvement.


Calvin could win at Brit Awards

Calvin Harris Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries-born DJ and producer Calvin Harris could win two Brit Awards at this evening's ceremony in London.

His song "Summer' is shortlisted for the best British Single award, and is also nominated in the best British video category.

Two years ago, he became the first artist to have nine top ten hits from one album, beating the likes of the Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Warning over UK Data Control business scam

Local business have been warned about a scam that is currently doing the rounds in Dumfries and Galloway.

The council’s Trading Standards team have had reports about a letter headed “UK – DATA CONTROL – Missing information about your VAT Registration Number”.

The letter says that the sender is looking to update VAT registration numbers.

However the small print details that the letter is trying to get the business to pay £790 per year for 3 years inclusion on the UK-Data Control portal. There is likely to be no benefit to being included on this portal.

"This letter could easily catch businesses out as it looks like an official communication.

"Trading Standards Officers have checked the UK-Data Control portal website and have noted that several local businesses are already listed on it.

"This would suggest that businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are being targeted and I would urge anyone who has returned the letter unwittingly to seek advice from Trading Standards."

– Colin Smyth, Chair of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The council says businesses should be aware that they have no obligation to provide any information to this company.


Dumfries driver selected for McLaren's 'GT Young Driver' programme

Ross Wylie has been chosen for McLaren's 'GT Young Driver' programme Credit: ITV border

A racing driver from Dumfries has been chosen for McLaren's "GT Young Driver" programme for 2015.

23-year-old Ross Wylie, from Thornhill, was selected after winning the GT4 championship last year.

He will be trained to be come a full-time professional driver.

He won the GT4 championship last year Credit: ITV Border

Council blames construction company for DG One problems

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Dumfries' flagship leisure centre, DG One, will now cost up to £10 million to repair.

The sport and leisure complex was closed last October to inspect defects.

The council blames the faults on the company that built DG One, Kier Construction, and is continuing with legal proceedings against it to reclaim costs.

"We remain of the view that Kier are fully responsible for the defects within a building that is only 7 years old."

– Alex Haswell, Director of Community and Customer Services Dumfries and Galloway Council

But Keir Construction says it won't comment while inspections are being carried out.

"The investigation at DG One Leisure Centre is still ongoing and the findings from technical experts are yet to be concluded.

It would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time."

– Spokesperson for Kier Construction

The Council says work on the leisure centre won't start until the autumn, as they will now put the repair work out to a tendering process.

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