Working to make the most of the D&G NHS estate (COVID-19)

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is aiming to maximise the use of the NHS estate as part of the response to COVID-19.


This will ensure that Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and the Galloway Community Hospital are fully prepared to provide treatment and care for the most unwell patients.


Creativity and flexibility are required when considering all the facilities in the region in order to be ready for what could be a significant increase in demand over the coming days and weeks.


Work has been taking place to look at how services can be reconfigured and relocated to enable additional capacity to be created.


This week, action was taken forward to relocate palliative care patients from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to Midpark Hospital in Dumfries.


NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Operating Officer Julie White said: “The relocation of ward B1, commonly known as The Alexandra Unit, reflects moves to ensure that DGRI is well placed to handle increased demand resulting from COVID-19, and that patients are in the most appropriate location.
“Great care was taken to ensure the least disruption possible while a small number of patients were relocated to a dedicated area at Midpark.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a flexible NHS estate, and that Midpark is an airy, modern facility with attractive outdoor spaces comparable to those at DGRI.”

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