South Scotland

Dumfries hospital site deal done

Dumfries Infirmary - Picture by Chris Newman
Image caption A deal has been completed to secure the site for a building to replace the current hospital

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has confirmed that it has completed a deal to buy the site earmarked for a new £200m general hospital.

The farmland at the Garroch roundabout, off the Dumfries bypass, will house a 300-bed facility.

It will replace the existing infirmary building on Bankend Road.

NHS D&G chief executive Jeff Ace said the project was progressing well towards the development of a business case.

A number of other potential locations across the town - including the current site - have been ruled out.

The Scottish government has earmarked funds to finance the replacement for the town's infirmary, which was built in the 1970s.

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