People in South West Scotland will be getting a brand new hospital, at a cost of £200 million.
The Scottish Government has agreed to the plan from the local NHS trust.
Matthew Taylor reports.
The Scottish Government have approved a business plan for a £200 million hospital to be built near to the A75 in Dumfries.
It will provide 350 beds and is due be completed in five years.
The Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, said it would provide high quality health care services for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.
Carlisle's MP John Stevenson has met the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today as concerns continue over care at North Cumbria's acute hospitals.
The trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is one of fourteen in Britain being investigated for its high death rates.
The trust is due to take control after the North Cumbria Trust was accused of serious failures.
Mr Stevenson asked Jeremy Hunt to speed up the takeover of the hospitals by the Northumbria NHS Trust:
Hospital staff in the Borders have pioneered a new digital system for tracking patients which will be rolled out across Scotland.
A virtual map of the hospital ward is displayed on a large touchscreen and patient details can be accessed by touching icons.
It has been designed to allow staff to act more quickly to treat patients or transfer them when beds become available.
The Scottish Government said the trial in NHS Borders suggested that the digital ward had the potential to reduce patients' average stay in hospital.
A man's being treated in hospital for cuts after being attacked at a house near Annan.
Police say the 23 year old sustained "multiple lacerations" but have not released more details.
The incident happened around 7pm yesterday in a house in Three Trees at Newbie.
He's being treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and his condition is not considered to be life threatening.
Police are appealing for witnesses and are trying to trace the driver of a small red or orange coloured hatchback car which was seen in the area.
Planning permission has been approved in principle for a new acute hospital in Dumfries.
It would replace the main Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and could be ready to open in the next five years.
It is proposed that the hospital would be built near the Garroch roundabout on the outskirts of the town and would cost around 200 million pounds.
The application will now go to the Scottish Government for final approval.
Dumfries and Galloway Health Board has submitted their formal planing application for a new multi-million pound hospital in Dumfries.
The new hospital would be situated on a 20 hectare site at Garroch Loaning, near to the Dumfries by-pass at Cargenbridge.
Plans include access and internal roadworks, a helipad and a 980-space car park, and the hospital itself would cater for 350 beds.
A report will be submitted to councillors next week, stating that the new facility would accommodate around 30,000 inpatients and 100,000 outpatients annually.
Councillors are being recommended to approve the proposal with a number of conditions on layout and landscaping.
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary was opened by the Queen almost 40 years ago.
Ryan Mania has been released from Newcastle Hospital, after an MRI scan to his back and neck revealed only minor injuries.
The 23-year-old Grand National champion jockey was being treated after falling from his horse in a race at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).
A homecoming parade is being organised in his home town of Galashiels this evening, where residents will celebrate his achievement.
An outbreak of the winter vomiting bug has closed 3 wards of the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. So far 26 patients and two staff have been diagnosed.
Anyone who thinks they may be suffering from the virus is asked to stay away from the hospital, and contact their GP if needed.
Management will be meeting today to discuss the situation.