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Planning approved in principle for new Dumfries hospital

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News Border

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.

Plans submitted for new Dumfries hospital

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 released from hospital

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.

Winter vomiting bug warning

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.

Morecambe Bay Trust's report

Plans to lead one of the regions Hospital Trusts out of crisis have been revealed. Members of the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust met in Kendal to hear their new Chairman outline his solutions to the challenges they face over the next few months.

Sir David Henshaw was brought in to implement emergency measures after some trust hospitals were found to have serious failings in patient care


Borders hospital cut off by floods

The entrance to the only accident and emergency hospital in the Scottish Borders was sealed off due to heavy flooding earlier today.

A local burn running beside Borders General Hospital near Melrose, Roxburghshire, burst its banks sending water pouring into the car parks.

The only access was by Chiefswood Road in Melrose, a back road which leads into the hospital grounds.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service sent three tenders to start pumping water out of the car parks which were evacuated as cars became stranded under several inches of water.

After about 5pm the natural water resources were receding. As a result we were able to pump the water into Huntly Burn but damming the burn further upstream.

Scottish Borders Council's emergency planning team and NHS Borders officials also assisted with the clear-up operation.

– Spokesperson, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service

Police closed off the main entrance at the Melrose by-pass turn-off and advised motorists to stay away from the area.

Patient Paul Graham from Galashiels just managed to move his car in time as it was surrounding by water.

The heavy rain for the past two days finally took its toll on the Huntly Burn and there was water everywhere.

– Paul Graham, Patient

Legionnaires disease, public reassured

Following confirmation that a man has been admitted into Carlisle's Cumberland with suspected Legionnaires disease, health professionals are keen to reassure people that this is not a new outbreak.

The gentleman was visiting the region from Edinburgh when he fell ill and there's no chance of infection. Dr Nigel Calvert is the Associate Director of Public Health, NHS Cumbria.

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