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Duchess of Gloucester opens Dumfries mental health site

Midpark Hospital
Image caption The multi-million pound development ended 172 years of psychiatric provision at the Crichton Royal

A multi-million pound mental health centre in Dumfries has been officially opened by the Duchess of Gloucester.

She carried out the ceremony at the Midpark Hospital as part of a series of engagements in the area.

The building is described as being at the "forefront of modern mental health services".

It was developed to replace outdated wards on the neighbouring Crichton Royal Hospital complex which housed psychiatric provision for 172 years.

Prior to the official opening, the duchess was at the Loch Arthur Community Farm and Creamery at Beeswing.

She visited a new farm shop, which is still under construction, and planted a tree within the grounds.

The site, which is run by the Camphill Trust charity, acts as a working community supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

She then moved on to the new Midpark Hospital in Dumfries where she unveiled a plaque to officially open the facility.

The Crichton site was also the backdrop for her final engagement of the day - a charity concert at the Easterbrook Hall to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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