FORMAL public consultation started on Wednesday on plans to develop a new general hospital in Dumfries.
The Scottish government has earmarked up to £230m to finance a replacement for the town’s infirmary and a list of five potential sites has been drawn up for the development - all within the Dumfries area.
A regionwide programme of events is planned to gather local views on which services should be provided and where it should be located.
The possibility of carrying out improvement works to the current Dumfries Infirmary has been ruled out, but one of the options would be for the hospital to be rebuilt on its current site.
The other locations being considered are at the Garroch or Lockerbie roundabouts on the A75, south of Tinwald Downs Road or in Locharbriggs.
An NHS spokeswoman said: “A number of consultation events and venues have been confirmed over the period January to March and will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with the Board’s project team on this exciting and hugely important development for the whole region.”
These dates are - 25 January 5-7pm at Galloway Community Hospital, Stranraer; 15 February 5-7pm at Garden Hill waiting room. Castle Douglas; 29 February 5-7pm at Kirkcudbright Town Hall; 12 March (Monday) 5-7pm at McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart.