Patients and doctors at NHS Dumfries and Galloway are set to transfer to the new £270 million Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary this weekend, after months of planning and preparation.

The four day move from the existing hospital to the new site will require services from Scottish Ambulance Service, the local Council, Police and Fire Services, and removal company Harrow Green.

The new 344 single-bed en-suite facility includes a combined assessment unit, theatres complex, critical care unit, women’s and children’s unit and outpatients department.

The following services will be moving from Friday to Monday:

Emergency Dept/A&E

Ward 16 (Orthopaedics)

Intensive Care/Medical High Dependency and Surgical High Dependency Unit all move into the Critical Care Unit at new DGRI (a new kind of unit)

Cresswell closes to admissions at 8am. All admissions from 8am will go to the new Women and Children’s unit at new DGRI
Ward 15 (children’s ward) will move to the children’s ward at new DGRI – within the Women and Children’s Unit

Ward 10
Ward 6
Ward 12
and remaining patients in Ward 7 (currently admissions ward)

Ward 3
Ward 9
Ward 18
Ward 14
Alex Unit
Complete admin move
Complete therapies move

The Chief Executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway said:

“The new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been the biggest undertaking in the history of the Health Board and many people have been working for several years in the build up to this one weekend. We’ve planned thoroughly for a successful transfer of services into the new hospital and we are looking forward to welcoming patients. Transfer of staff and patients on this scale (particularly in winter weather) is a hugely complex undertaking.

The process will commence on Friday morning and be complete by Monday to ensure a smooth continuity of service.

Delivering a modern, patient centred and highly efficient environment is central to the overall reshaping of health services across Dumfries and Galloway.”


Source: ITV