Consultation due on new hospital site

PUBLIC opinion is being sought on plans for a new Dumfries and Galloway hospital, particularly on whether it should be re-built at its current location or moved to a new site.

Public consultation is to begin in the new year on plans for the new £200m facility and the region’s NHS board is considering all views on the development.

Previous proposals to upgrade the existing building, which was built in the 1970s, were ruled out and now The Scottish government has asked the health board to prepare an outline business case for the project.

A 12-week public consultation will be launched on January 5 which will involve a programme of drop-in sessions across the region but local groups and organisations will also be able to invite members of the project team to speak to them directly.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway - following a pre-consultation workshop last month - has ruled out the possibility of simply addressing the maintenance backlog at the existing hospital and instead, the public will be asked to comment on whether a new facility should be constructed on the existing site or at a different location in Dumfries.