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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.

'Significant improvements' needed at Galloway Community Hospital

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been told it must make "significant improvements" at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland first raised concerns about patient care and safety after an inspection in November. It's now carried out a follow up inspection and says it's failed to find significant improvements.

Concerns include a lack of support and leadership from senior management. Local MP Russell Brown says the report is "utterly damning".

The hospital first opened in September 2006, replacing both the Dalrymple Hospital and the Garrick Hospital. Twenty-six areas have been identified for improvement.