NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Baby-friendly is best for NHS Dumfries and Galloway Services

NHS DUMFRIES and Galloway’s Neonatal Services have been awarded a Certificate of Commitment in a first step towards gaining international recognition from the UNICEF UK (United Nation’s Children’s Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative. The Certificate was presented to staff by Janet Dalzell, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Professional Officer for Scotland on February 18 2020 in …

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Hospital care hits the gold standard

A HOSPITAL in the region has achieved the gold standard in the care it delivers to patients. Staff at Annan Cottage Hospital say they are ‘ecstatic’ after being recognised with Gold Level 3 Care Assurance – following a series of unannounced inspections.  Carole Shannon is Senior Charge Nurse at the facility on Stapleton Road in Annan, and she said: “Everyone was just absolutely …

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Donations see local Blood Bikes riders receive life-saving jackets

  GENEROUS donations are helping motorcyclists from the charity Blood Bikes stay safer on the roads – thanks to the purchase of innovative new gear. The small army of riders in Dumfries and Galloway who give up their time transporting blood and test materials have become the very first team in the whole of the UK to be kitted out with potentially …

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Children help create identity for maternity hub

aSCHOOLCHILDREN in Wigtownshire are getting creative as they help to name a new women’s, children’s and sexual health services facility taking shape in Stranraer. Colourful, creative entries are already being received from schools, as part of work to help establish an identity for the dedicated, standalone Women, Children’s and Sexual Health Services Hub. Head of …

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Approach expanded to increase hospital’s patient flow

AN APPROACH aimed at helping with the discharge of patients from hospital has expanded. The Discharge Lounge which has been running at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has now been scaled up – helping to ensure better patient flow within the hospital. Clinical Nurse Manager Anne Allison said: “We first introduced the Discharge Lounge at …

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Hospital ‘treating older patients with dignity and respect’

OLDER people in a Dumfries and Galloway Hospital are treated with dignity and respect by friendly and approachable staff. That was the finding of a report which followed an unannounced inspection at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer by Healthcare Improvement Scotland from September 17 to 19. Welcoming the findings of the report into Care of …

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New medicines safety group gives increased assurance

A GROUP has been established with the aim of promoting safe and effective use of medicines throughout Dumfries and Galloway. The Medicines Safety Group is a sub-group of the Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC), which has a focus on improving and maintaining the quality of systems and processes associated with prescribing, administering, dispensing and …

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Event to explain how to take control of your health and social care

AN EVENT aimed at showing how to plan the future of your health and social care will take place in Wigtownshire later this month. Planning Life’s Journey is being organised as part of Transforming Wigtownshire, and will set out the role which can be played by systems such as the Anticipatory Care Plan (ACP) and Power of …

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Publications aim to help address winter loneliness in region

A TRIO of publications is set to offer advice on how people suffering loneliness this winter can find support and guidance. Led by a local newsletter, the three free publications have been produced within Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership and are now being circulated in communities. Dr Fionnuala Edgar is Senior Clinical …

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