NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Surgical Division

There are so many great reasons to come and work for us, and on this page, you will find out more about some of the individual surgical specialties across NHS Dumfries & Galloway.  Each division within our Health Board has a dedicated Manager which allows for excellent lines of communication for our different teams.

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Please select from the specialties below for more information

General Surgery

The Department of Surgery provides a comprehensive elective and emergency general surgical service at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Day case / endoscopy / outpatient services are also provided at the Galloway Community Hospital, Stranraer. 

The combined Gastro-intestinal Services are largely provided by Surgeons with an Upper GI interest and Colorectal interest, and deals with 130 new cases of colorectal cancers and 40-50 oesophagogastric cancers per annum. Our ERCP service is Surgeon-led. The service is supported by experienced Nurse Endoscopists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, ERAS and Stoma Nurses. We have a fully established and successful colorectal ERAS program and are currently further developing a pre-habilitation service. A colorectal screening programme is operational and is largely provided for by the department. The Gastroscopy service for upper GI bleeding is surgeon-led. Weekly colorectal MDT meetings are held with a visiting Specialist Oncologist from Edinburgh. The Upper GI & HPB MDT is held via tele-link with Edinburgh.

"Lovely atmosphere to work in, friendly and encouraging within the multidisciplinary team, great place to work and develop as a trainee." ST5 in General Surgery

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Key Features of the team


The Department provides Out-patient and Theatre Day Case activities which are provided at Mountainhall Treatment Centre (MTC), Theatre and Acute Care is provided in the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) and the Galloway Community Hospital (GCH) in Stranraer. 

The Ophthalmology Service provides general ophthalmology clinics specialising in Medical Retina/Diabetes, Glaucoma, Oculoplastics and Lacrimal Surgery and Paediatric Ophthalmology/Motility. 

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“My favourite thing about NHS D&G
is the view from the office window and happy colleagues”
Ophthalmology Team Secretary


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The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, based at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI), provides a comprehensive elective and trauma service to the Dumfries and Galloway region. Outpatient and day case services are also provided at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer with remote Trauma clinics via DGRI. A 24-hour trauma service is provided a DGRI where in-patient facilities are provided for elective and trauma cases.

The team is made up of Consultants, an Associate Specialist, Specialty Doctors, specialised Nursing team and Allied Health Professionals.

At DGRI, the Department makes use of ward beds, Day Surgery Unit and surgical beds in the Paediatric ward. A Combined Critical Care Unit is available for major trauma and post-operative cases. 

The main provision of in-patient services covers the day to day treatment of elective admissions and those admitted with significant musculo-skeletal trauma. The majority of the major the elective surgery is lower limb joint replacement, but we also provide soft tissues knee surgery, upper limb surgery, foot and ankle, as well as paediatric surgery (excluding spinal surgery). Most orthopaedic elective surgery is carried out at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary; some daycase elective Surgery is carried out at the Galloway Community Hospital.

Other services run by the department are fracture clinics, speciality clinics, peripheral clinics, consenting clinics and joint school as well as orthotic clinics.  There is also a fully equipped plaster room and orthotic workshop.

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Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery

We have both a Ear, Nose & Throat and Oral & Maxillofacial department that work closely together and make up our Head & Neck service at NHS Dumfries and Galloway. 

Our ENT department provide Out-patient, elective and emergency ENT services and Specialist Clinics : Head, Neck, One stop neck lump clinic, Voice, Paediatrics and Audio. This is a district general service but subspecialty interests in Rhinology, Paediatrics, otology and head and neck surgery have been and are constantly developing.

Within the ENT team there are consultants, a specialty doctor, rotating GPST doctors and specialist head and neck nurses.

Information on our Oral and Maxillofacial department is coming soon…

There are weekly MDT meetings for Head and Neck cancers. These take place via video link to Glasgow (Oral and Maxillofacial) and Edinburgh (Ear, Nose and Throat).

Key Features of the Department

Take a tour of our ENT department


The Urology team is made up of Consultants, a Nurse Consultant, trainees and  highly qualified Specialist Nurses.  The Department provides core elective and emergency Urology services. Out-patient and cystoscopy services are provided at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) and the Galloway Community Hospital (GCH) in Stranraer.  Elective surgery is performed at DGRI.

Diagnostic services are supported by flow studies, transrectal ultrasound and prostate biopsy.  The team carry out stone surgery and there is a nurse-led Erectile Dysfunction Clinic in both Dumfries and Stranraer supported by the team’s Nurse Consultant.

The Department is part of the “managed clinical network” for cancer services for the South East of Scotland.  The team engages virtually with multi-disciplinary meetings in Edinburgh. The team are supported by NHS Ayrshire and Arran Urology department who provide support for Out of Hours emergency cases.

Key Features of the Department


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