Answers needed after hospital unit closes for a week

Galloway Community Hospital
Galloway Community Hospital

A Stranraer Councillor has called for the chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway Phil Jones to face “the public outrage” by attending a public meeting tomorrow in Stranraer.

The meeting has been called after the Galloway Community Hospital Garrick unit had to close for a week due to a lack of available doctors.

The lack of staff at the hospital has meant NHS Dumfries and Galloway had to restrict admissions to reduce the number of patients being cared for at the hospital.

Councillor Scobie said: “No matter what the reasons for these closures, there has been no consultation that I know of with elected members west of the region. This is nothing short of contempt, not only to the elected members but also the general public who, at very short notice or by other means hear of these closures.”

The unit closed on Wednesday, July 5, until yesterday.

A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “NHS Dumfries and Galloway have confirmed that the Galloway Community Hospital is open and fully staffed, including the Emergency Department. A challenge remains in securing sufficient medical cover on an ongoing basis and we continue with our endeavours to recruit to the area.

“The Board will continue to keep the public informed about any disruption to the services at the Galloway Community Hospital as a result of these challenges. We would like to emphasise that we are working hard to keep any temporary downgrade to a minimum.  

“The Board’s priority is the safety of patients at all times.”