South Scotland

£138m Dumfries hospital project approved

Dumfries Infirmary
Image caption The scheme would effectively see a completely new hospital built

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has agreed to take forward plans for a £138m hospital overhaul.

The project will see the complete redevelopment of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

An outline business case will now go forward for submission to the Scottish Health Directorate for a funding decision.

The hospital was officially opened in 1975 and currently faces a £50m maintenance backlog.

The redevelopment is designed to meet Scottish government demands to increase single-room accommodation for patients to reduce infection risks and enhance care provision.

It is estimated the works programme would take about five years to complete.

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