Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Location Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type General Hospital
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 337
Website www.nhsdg.scot.nhs.uk/Dumfries_and_Galloway_NHS
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Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is the main hospital in Dumfries. The hospital serves both the town of Dumfries and the entire catchment area of South West Scotland, with a population of at least 147,000.[1] The hospital is run by NHS Dumfries and Galloway (also known as Dumfries & Galloway Health Board). It is a supporter of the Princess Royal Trust for the Carers Hospital project.[2] It has 337 staffed beds.[3]



The Royal Infirmary is the principal secondary care referral centre for the region and provides medical and surgical care notably within the fields of accident and emergency, paediatric, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Intensive Care and obstetrics and gynaecology. All departments are actively involved in local and national research, with consultant posts providing local and regional services for renal medicine, haematology, rheumatology, respiratory, rehabilitation, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, ophthalmology, stroke and elderly medicine. Visiting physicians provide a specialist oncology service. Surgical services include orthopaedics, general, vascular, ear, nose and throat surgery as well as an Ophthalmology Day Surgery Unit. A Palliative Care service is run from within the integrated Alexandra unit. The radiology department is modern and provides basic X-Ray, computerised tomography and a magnetic resonance imaging service. Radiology, haematology, oncology and cardio-thoracic cases are linked via video-telecommunications to weekly multidisciplinary meetings hosted by specialist teams based in both Glasgow and Edinburgh teaching hospitals for further discussion and management plans. An extension including a day surgery unit and the Cresswell maternity ward has been added in recent years to support the region's need for high turnaround day-case procedures and ante-natal/post-natal care. The Cresswell maternity ward contains a neonatal unit with rapid transfer (Air/Road) protocols for critically ill children requiring life support at specialist centres throughout the country as required.

Macmillan Cancer Centre[edit]

An extension on the building houses a Macmillan cancer hospice, open since December 2003, and the Alexandra Unit.[3]

Dental unit[edit]

The Dumfries Dental Centre has been completed on the site and now provides dental services including training facilities for dental undergraduates from the University of Glasgow and dental hygiene and therapy undergraduates from the University of Highlands and Islands.


Midpark Hospital is part of the Health Board complex, situated near the main hospital site, and provides regional psychiatric, psychological and specialist addictions services within Dumfries and Galloway.

New hospital[edit]

In 2012 it was announced that a new 350 bed State of the Art Hospital costing £200 million will be built, The location is the Dumfries By-Pass on the A75 close to the Garroch roundabout.[4]


  1. ^ "About us". NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Princess Royal Trust for Carers Hospital Carers Support Project". NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary". NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Rinaldi, Giancarlo (2 December 2013). "Dumfries hospital: who wants to take on the £200m scheme?". BBC News. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

Coordinates: 55°03′23″N 3°35′57″W / 55.05642°N 3.59918°W / 55.05642; -3.59918