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First Minister visits new Dumfries hospital

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Photo: Press Association

Nicola Sturgeon is visiting the new Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The First Minister toured the site at Cargenbridge on the outskirts of the town and met with local apprentices and graduates involved with the build.

The £212 million hospital, due to open in December this year, will provide 344 single-bed en-suite rooms alongside a theatres complex, critical care unit and outpatients department.

Ms Sturgeon said construction of the new hospital had resulted in 215 new jobs in the south of Scotland - 55 more than planned.

“This is delivering a meaningful community benefit, as well as an injection into the local economy. With a full year’s work ahead of us until the hospital is complete, we fully intend to make the most of the opportunities this presents to the community, as well as to individuals seeking training or work opportunities.

“This new facility will deliver high-quality health services to patients from the Dumfries and Galloway region, and we are investing in the latest technologies to ensure efficient and effective diagnostics and treatment for every patient.”

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon