South Scotland

Dumfries new hospital plans approved

Dumfries Infirmary - Picture by Chris Newman
Image caption The new development will replace the current infirmary which was built in the 1970s

Proposals for a new £200m general hospital on the outskirts of Dumfries have been approved by planning committee councillors.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has earmarked farmland at the Garroch roundabout for the 350-bed facility.

There is also provision for more than 100 staff residences, a helipad and parking for nearly 1,000 cars.

It will replace the existing infirmary building, constructed in the 1970s, on the Bankend Road.

A number of other potential locations for the development - including the current site - were ruled out.

The Scottish government has earmarked funds to finance the replacement for the town's infirmary.

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