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Bed restrictions to remain at Newton Stewart Hospital

More nurses are needed. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

A limit on the number of beds at Newton Stewart Cottage Hospital is to remain for the foreseeable future.

The decision to reduce the number of inpatient beds from 22 to 14 was taken in May 2018, because of problems recruiting nursing staff to the hospital.

Since then, all patients who have needed a bed have been accommodated.

Dumfries and Galloway's Health and Social Care Partnership say they have succeeded in employing more nurses, and that they had planned to lift the restriction in September.

However, some nursing staff have now moved to the Galloway Community Hospital, leaving the facility in Newton Stewart once again short of staff.

The Health and Social Care senior management team will be updated within the next three months on whether to lift the cap on beds.

While we very much welcome that staff have chosen to continue to work within Wigtownshire in other busy, demanding frontline roles, we are unfortunately not able to lift the bed limit at the cottage hospital at this time.

– Graham Abrines, General Manager of Community Health and Social Care


Teenagers on Duke of Edinburgh expedition rescued from hills in D&G

The teenagers were rescued from hills near Newton Stewart Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Two 16-year-old teenagers were rescued while taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

They were airlifted from the hills near Newton Stewart on the evening of Tuesday 4 July by the Belfast Coastguard and Prestwick Search and Rescue teams, ahead of 20 members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team arriving at the location.

They suffered leg injuries. The rest of the expedition made their own way off the hill.

Galloway Young Musicians to perform in Newton Stewart

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The Galloway Young Musicians are set to perform in Newton Stewart in Dumfries & Galloway.

The concert will be the final performance for this session and then young people interested in joining the ensemble will be able to try out with a range of orchestral instruments.

Any young person from the age of P4 upwards will be allowed to join the group in the new session starting in September.

The concert will be taking place on Monday, 19 June from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Penninghame Primary School.

The Galloway Young Musicians ensemble is led by Christine Job, Pauline Roe and Susan Smyth and funded through the Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative.

New flood warning scheme for Newton Stewart

SEPA is inviting locals to the town hall today Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is inviting locals to a special drop-in session today to see flood protection plans.

More than 600 homes and businesses will be protected by the new flood warning scheme introduced at Newton Stewart.

Information will be on display in the Town Hall from 14:30 to 19:00.

Police appeal as tractor fails to stop after crash

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a tractor failed to stop after colliding with a cyclist in Dumfries and Galloway.

It happened on the B7085 road near Whauphill, Newton Stewart, at around 11:50am today (Wednesday 19 October).

The cyclist, a 31-year-old man from Minnigaff, was knocked from his bike and treated for minor injuries by ambulance staff at the scene.

The driver of the tractor did not stop after the crash and continued on southwards towards Whauphill.

We would appeal for him or her to come forward to police at Newton Stewart.

The tractor is described as being red and black in colour and was towing a silver coloured Joskin trailer. Anyone who can help us trace this vehicle is asked to call police at Newton Stewart on 101.

– Constable Rachel Jackson at Newton Stewart


Lorry carrying wind turbine blade catches fire

Burnt out lorry Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page

A lorry carrying a wind turbine blade caught fire closing one of the main roads in southern Scotland.

Emergency services were called to the incident on the A714 near Bargrennan around 10 miles from Newton Stewart shortly before 6am this morning.

The lorry driver escaped injury and fire crews from Newton Stewart extinguished the blaze.

The cab of the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Credit: Newton Stewart Flooding and Helping page
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