Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Ben Ra­m­age

Con­struc­tion of the new Dum­fries and Gal­loway Royal In­fir­mary has been com­pleted on time and on bud­get.

The keys have now been handed over to NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway, af­ter con­struc­tion be­gan in March 2015 and the next 12 weeks will see the £200 mil­lion build­ing fully equipped for life as the re­gion’s new gen­eral hos­pi­tal.

More than 2,000 staff will take part in an ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with their new work­place, be­fore a four­day trans­fer of pa­tients be­gins on De­cem­ber 8.

NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeff Ace said the build­ing “far ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions”.

He added: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be handed the keys to our new hos­pi­tal.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity set in ex­cep­tional sur­round­ings.

“This is a truly mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway and we can­not thank High Wood Health and con­struc­tion part­ner Laing O’Rourke enough for turn­ing our vi­sion for the new DGRI into a re­al­ity.”

Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Julie White added: “We are now only a few months away from our staff and pa­tients be­ing able to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of a mod­ern, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity which will en­able us to con­tinue to pro­vide the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of care to our pa­tients.”

Job done Julie White, Roger Frost of Laing O’Rourke and Jeff Ace cel­e­brate the handover

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