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Border residents urged to stay away from A&E

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: Paul McMullin

Hospital bosses in southern Scotland are again urging people to stay away from Accident and Emergency units unless they need urgent treatment.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway say emergency departments at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are still facing significant demand and some of the worst winter pressures on record.

In a recent tweet, the Trust asked members of the public to consider all options of treatment before attending:

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Dumfries hospital wins award for catering

Kitchen staff: Richard Buckley (Catering Manager), Kate Clifford, Obed Omwoma, Joanna Murdoch, Isobel Maxwell, Abbie Podlesny, Maria Taylor, Heather Mills, Graham McMorran and Pam Brown. Credit: ITV Border

A hospital in Dumfries & Galloway has won an award for excellent food hygiene.

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary received an Eat Safe award which is aimed at promoting good food hygiene by catering businesses in Scotland.

I am delighted for both patients and staff in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary that the Catering Department has received this award. The hard work of the staff in maintaining an improvement of all standards has been recognised and they are to be commended for their contribution.

– Ian Bryden, Head of Estates and Property, NHS Dumfries and Galloway

The award is administered by the Local Authority Environmental Health Services and Food Standards Scotland.


Three wards closed at DGRI due to norovirus

Three wards remain closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to an outbreak of norovirus.

The winter vomiting bug has closed wards 9, 10 and 12, with around 30 people showing symptoms of the illness, including sickness and diarrhoea.

Full outbreak control measures have been put in place at the hospital, with admissions and visiting restricted.

“This is an unpleasant virus which is circulating in the community and is spread easier wherever people are together.

"In this outbreak vomiting is more of a feature and this makes it much more easy to transmit which is why we are seeing higher numbers affected in hospital.

"We regret having to take such measures as restricting visiting, particularly over a holiday period, but thank the public and our staff for their continued support and patience as we endeavour to minimise the impact of this horrible bug.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, DGRI

Appeal for witnesses - A76 fatal road crash

Police Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway are still appealing for witnesses to the fatal road crash which happened at around 8.40am on the A76 road, south of Mennock yesterday.

The crash involved a silver coloured Vauxhall Corsa car which was in collision with a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance.

The driver of the car, 24 year old Zoe Clark from nearby Carronbridge was killed in the crash. The four occupants of the ambulance were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with a variety of injuries.

“While the crash scene investigation had now taken place, we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or who was on that particular stretch of roadway at that time. They can contact police through the non emergency 101 number.”

– Sergeant Doug Millar of the Roads Policing Unit

Paramedic from A76 crash in Dumfries has broken neck

A paramedic who was involved in an ambulance crash is in hospital with a broken neck and serious head injuries. The crash happened on the A76 in Dumfries & Galloway yesterday.

A 24-year-old woman, Zoe Clark, died in the crash - the ambulance was transferring a female patient to hospital following an earlier accident on the same stretch of road.

The 58-year-old male paramedic was working in the back of the ambulance at the time.

Spate of accidents across southern Scotland

There have been a number of accidents in the south of Scotland today. Credit: ITV Border

There have been a number of road accidents in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders today, with one fatality:

  • 00:30 - two vehicle collision near Junction 15 on the M74. One woman was injured
  • 06:30 - one vehicle collision near Kirkpatrick Fleming on the M74. No injuries
  • 07:40 - one vehicle collision two miles south of Junction 15 on the M74. No injuries
  • 07:50 - one vehicle collision on the A76 near Mennock. Car flipped over and injured woman taken into ambulance
  • 08:40 - two vehicle collision on the A76 involving the ambulance transporting the woman involved in the 07:50 crash. 24-year-old Zoe Clark, driving a Vauxhall Corsa, died. Two ambulance staff and two patients in the ambulance taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with further injuries
  • 09:20 - one vehicle collision on the A712, north of New Galloway. No injuries
  • Shortly before 09:00 - three vehicle collision including school bus, outside Borders College and Heriot Watt University campus in Galashiels. Two people hospitalised, but not thought to be injured

Police Scotland have warned drivers to take care in the cold conditions.


Woman in fatal accident on the A76 named

The woman killed in the two vehicle road crash on the A76 this morning has been named.

24-year-old Zoe Clark from Carronbridge, Thornhill was the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa car which was in collision with a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance at around 8.40am.

The two ambulance crew and two other people who were in the ambulance were all taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The driver of the ambulance and the two people were treated for minor injuries and the second ambulance crew member was treated for a head injury.

One of the two people in the rear of the ambulance, a female, had earlier been involved in a road crash further north on the A76. She was being transported to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, accompanied by her husband, when the second crash happened.

The road is still closed to allow for a full crash investigation to take place.

Scottish Ambulance Service issue statement following fatal collision

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman has issued a statement following a fatal collision which happened this morning on the A76, about five miles south of Mennock, Sanquhar.

A woman died after a collision involving two vehicles, a car and a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance.

Two crew members in the ambulance were injured. And a man and woman, who were in the ambulance being treated after an earlier crash, received further injuries.

“At approximately 8.40am an ambulance was involved in a collision with another car on the A76 near Mennock while transferring two patients to hospital in Dumfries. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the driver of the car, who tragically died. One member of the ambulance crew was been airlifted to hospital with potentially serious injuries. The other crew member and the patients were also taken to hospital by ambulance but are not seriously injured.”

– Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman
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