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