Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
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. The hospital is run by the Dumfries and Galloway Health Board (also known as Dumfries & Galloway NHS Board) and a supporter of the Princess Royal Trust for the Carers Hospital project.


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, stroke and elderly medicine. Visiting physicians provide a specialist oncology service. Surgical services include orthopaedics, general, vascular and ear, nose and throat surgery. 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.

Macmillian Cancer Centre
An extension on the building houses a Macmillian cancer hospice, open since December 2003, and the Alexandra Unit.

New dental unit
A new dental unit has been completed on the site and now provides dental services including consultant posts with specialist interest in oro-maxillo facial procedures.

Crichton Royal Hospital
The Crichton Royal Hospital is part of the Royal Infirmary complex, situated close to the main site, and provides regional psychiatric, psychological and specialist addicitions service within Dumfries and Galloway.