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Working for NHS Dumfries and Galloway
NHS Dumfries & Galloway became operational on 1st April 2003 when the two Trusts (Acute & Maternity and Primary Care) were dissolved and one NHS organisation was created, incorporating all NHS services along with the Health Board. NHS Dumfries & Galloway has led the process of Trust integration and is seen as the model for the rest of Scotland to follow. Continuing new investment has resulted from the system always having met all financial and waiting times targets. Services are provided via one of seven General Management Directorates - Operations, Acute, Diagnostics, Primary Care & Community Care - East, Primary Care and Community Care - West, Women's & Children's Services, and Mental Health.
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is the recognised Post-Graduate Medical Centre for South-West Scotland.
The Board is led by the Chairman and Chief Executive and comprises of executive team of 4 directors, 10 elected non-executive members, 2 non executive members, an Employee Director, Chair of the Area Clinical Forum and local authority representative.
There is a strong and successful histroy of partnership working in NHS Dumfries & Galloway. Respect and Dignity at work are key principles for the Board, which are inbedded into practice at every level. Find out more about us at www.nhsdg.scot.nhs.uk
We provide a wide range of services from over 50 bases across the region including Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI), Galloway Community Hospital, Midpark Hospital (New Build Mental Health facility) and a further eight Community Cottage Hospitals accross the region. Most acute services are based at the DGRI with a network of out-patient clinics throughout the region and a range of acute services provided at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer. The DGRI contains 392 staffed beds with a redesign of services underway and approval to start planning for a 'new build' hospital ensuring the continued provision of high quality clinical care in a modern environment.
DGRI welcomes students from Glasgow (departments of medicine, surgery, trauma and orthopaedics), Edinburgh (departments of geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics and obstetrics), and Dundee (department of psychiatry). It is the recognised Post-Graduate Medical Centre for South -West Scotland. Our Education Centre has recently been refurbished, with state of the art facilities enabling us to deliver using a range of teaching methods, and providing video conferencing facilities.
NHS D&G are taking the opportunity of a new Build Hospital, due to be available in the second half of 2017. We are in an exciting period of transition with our clinical leads shaping their servcies for the future. Plans currently involve a Combined Critical Care Unit (comprising of ICD, SHDU and MHDU) and a Combined Assessment Unit (comprising of A&E and Medical/Surgical Assessment Units).
Living in the area
We serve a population of 148,190 across an area of about 2,400 square miles stretching from Langholm in the East to Drummore in the West, from Kirkconnel and Carsphairn in the North, down to Sandyhills on the Solway Coast.
Dumfries and Galloway offers the very best of Scottish countryside from rugged cliffs and sandy beaches to forests, hills and rolling farmland. You're spoilt for choice in the range of activities on offer, with watersports, fishing, birdwatching, golf, mountain-biking or cycling along the network of rural roads and much more. Find out more at www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk.
The largest town, Dumfries has a population of approx. 48,000 and is situated in the eastern half of the region. Dumfries has good links to surrounding cities - Carlisle is around 45 minutes drive. Glasgow is 1½ hours, Edinburgh and Newcastle 2 hours, and Manchester and Liverpool within 2½ hours.
Besides Dumfries there are many attractions including Scotland's National Booktown Wigtown, Artists' Town Kirkcudbright, CastleDouglas FoodTownand and many historic monuments, castles and abbeys, beautiful gardens, and fascinating museums. Children are encouraged to develop their talents and interests, with a range of high achieving schools that earn top marks in Education Reports and first-class opportunities in music, arts and sports. Property offers exceptionally good value.