Interview by our Dumfries and Galloway reporter Bruce McKenzie
Jeff Ace has said a significant number of non-essential operations have been cancelled in recent days due to the strain on Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The health board is though working to rearrange appointments with patients.
He said though that things could be much worse were it not for the Covid-19 vaccine.
At present there are 29 people with Covid in the hospital, which is in Dumfries, with up to half a dozen consistently in critical care.