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Dumfries and Galloway health incident improvements advised

Dumfries Infirmary
Image caption NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it was already working towards meeting the report's findings

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been advised to make a number of improvements in the way it handles serious incidents.

It follows a visit by Healthcare Improvement Scotland earlier this year.

It praised good practices in terms of staff engagement, communication and user-friendly incident reporting.

However, a report concluded more could be done in terms of involving patients, consistency of practices and ensuring timescales for such incidents were met.

In total a dozen different issues which need to be tackled were highlighted.

The visits by Healthcare Improvement Scotland followed a report on the handling of serious incidents at NHS Ayrshire and Arran last year.

It made a number of recommendations for both that health board and others across Scotland.

Its recommendations for Dumfries and Galloway are based on a site visit and analysis of evidence provided by the board.

The full findings are available in a report published online.

Hazel Borland, executive nurse director, said NHS Dumfries and Galloway welcomed the report.

She said it was already working towards the recommendations included.

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