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Protest rally for Galloway Hospital

A rally is being held in Stranraer today in support of the Galloway Community Hospital.

Protesters will be gathering in Castle Square at noon.

The event will coincide with rallies in other rural parts of Scotland which aim to put pressure on the NHS in Scotland to maintain health services in smaller communities.

In July, one of the Galloway Community Hospital's two in-patient wards was closed for a week.

There has also been criticism of the lack of anaesthetic cover in the emergency department of the hospital over the summer.

Bosses put the problems at the hospital down to staffing issues.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway refused to comment on today's rally.

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Protestors voice anger at Galloway Community Hospital meeting

Galloway Community Hospital meeting Credit: ITV Border

Protestors have gathered outside a meeting that was called to address concerns about Galloway Community Hospital.

The meeting took place at Stranraer Library, and was organised after local people raised concerns about a number of issues, including one of the hospital's two in-patient wards being closed for a week, earlier this month.

There has also been criticism of the lack of anaesthetic cover in the emergency department of the hospital.

Galloway Community Hospital meeting Credit: ITV Border
Galloway Community Hospital meeting Credit: ITV Border

NHS Dumfries & Galloway have been addressing people's concerns throughout the day at the meeting, and also in a statement online.

Cyber attack: NHS D&G 'responded well' with only two GPs affected

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A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries & Galloway has said the cyber attack "heightened awareness" on communication amongst staff.

Only two GP practices were affected by the 'ransomware' attack.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway have responded well to the recent Cyber Attack with only two GP Practice sites affected. It has been reported this morning that very limited patient services have been affected across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway with most Practices not affected at all.

All Hospital sites remains free of any attack. No patient data has been lost as a result of this attack.

Heightened awareness has been communicated to all Health staff and the IT department remain active, ensuring all our systems are fully protected.

– Spokesperson, NHS Dumfries and Galloway

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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

Dumfries doctors' recruitment rap

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A group of junior doctors who started their careers in Dumfries have written and starred in their own recruitment rap to encourage other medics to work in the town.

In a spoof of rapper Jay Z's hit 99 Problems, they penned their own version called "99 Problems (but Dumfries ain't one!)

Since it was uploaded the video has proved something of a hit being viewed thousands of times on YouTube.

While the doctors have now moved on to work in Glasgow, they're keen to promote Dumfries and Galloway as a good place for medical staff to work.

"Dumfries and Galloway was a fantastic place to begin our careers as doctors and we just wanted to celebrate that and give people a little flavour of what life is like down here.

"If the film encourages even one person to come down and experience working with NHS Dumfries and Galloway then we'd be delighted as we can guarantee they'll have a great time surrounded by excellent colleagues. "

– Dr Mark Goddard (rapper)

NHS Dumfries and Galloway goes smoke free

NHS grounds in the region will be smoke free. Credit: PA

NHS grounds in Dumfries and Galloway are to become smoke free from March 31.

"From this date, patients, visitors and staff will be asked to wait until they are off NHS grounds before lighting up and smoking shelters will be removed from hospital grounds.

"This ambitious move to achieve smoke free status in the grounds of every hospital, health centre and NHS building across the country is part of a national drive to create a tobacco free generation within Scotland by 2034."

– NHS Dumfries and Galloway
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