Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
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Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is a modern general hospital located on Bankend Road, a mile (1.5 km) south southeast of the centre of Dumfries. Opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, it was built on the site of a nine-hole golf course which had belonged to the adjacent Crichton Royal Hospital. Representing the first large healthcare project undertaken by Boswell, Mitchell & Johnston (BMJ) architects, the design involved four wings, housing the main wards, organised around a central atrium which contains services, outpatient and clinical space. A steel frame was hidden behind a brown brick fa├žade, which has subsequently been modernised with pristine white cladding. Designed to contain 430 beds, this number has now been reduced to 392 with the hospital offering the full range of specialisms, including obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, cardiology, neurology, stroke and geriatric medicine. The hospital provides the principal accident and emergency service for SW Scotland, together with general surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Day surgery and maternity units opened in 2002, with a cancer care centre opened by HRH Princess Alexandra the following year.

Now managed alongside the Infirmary, the Crichton Royal Hospital provides psychiatric and psychological services.

The old infirmary on Nith Bank is a fine Italianate building dating from 1872, which now comprises an office for Dumfries and Galloway Health Board.

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