Win­ter plans

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

Health chiefs have a “ro­bust plan” in place to deal with po­ten­tial pres­sures over the win­ter months.

Chief of­fi­cer Julie White will tell board mem­bers at a meet­ing on Mon­day that an added chal­lenge this year will be mov­ing to the new Dum­fries In­fir­mary in De­cem­ber, but that they “are pre­pared”.

They have also made an asur­ance that there will be enough staff on duty over the fes­tive pe­riod to deal with emer­gen­cies in­clud­ing a sud­den in­crease in norovirus.

Ms White stated in a re­port: “The win­ter planning of NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway has been tested and re­fined through ex­pe­ri­ence of re­cent chal­leng­ing win­ters.

“The board is pre­pared for rapidly chang­ing norovirus sit­u­a­tions in­clud­ing the clo­sure of mul­ti­ple wards over a cou­ple of days.”

She said the board will work with GP surg­eries, care homes and NHS 24 to make sure pa­tients needs are met over the win­ter.

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