Construction of Dumfries and Galloway’s new acute hospital got off to a healthy start on Monday when Health Secretary Shona Robison cut the first sod at a special ceremony on the site.
Chairman of the Board, Philip Jones, welcomed the Health Secretary to the site of the new £200 million facility.
When it opens in 2017, the hospital will have 344 single rooms, an emergency care centre and a new combined theatres complex. New models of care and the latest technologies will enable staff to provide patients with the highest standards of care.
Ms Robison said: “I’m delighted to be here today to mark the beginning of work on the new Dumfries Hospital.
“This is an exciting, and important, day for all those people involved in the project who are finally seeing their hard work come to fruition.
“The £200 million project will provide a brand new Emergency Care Department, a combined theatre complex for day surgery, endoscopy and surgical patients, and consolidated ambulatory care.
International construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke is building the new hospital as part of the High Wood Health consortium.
The construction and delivery of the new hospital will bring a range of community benefits to the region, including the creation of 150 new jobs, 36 apprenticeships, and opportunities for small and medium enterprises to tender for contracts.