Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care


Grateful thanks for support shown for stretched health and social care system

GRATITUDE is being expressed for the support shown to the region’s health and social care system in the face of major challenges.

It follows a request to communities to take actions which can support the system, and for families and loved ones of hospital in-patients to help facilitate a speedy discharge.

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer Julie White said: “We’re very grateful to everyone for the responses we’ve seen after we highlighted the very serious pressures being felt right across health and social care in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Even just being aware of the pressures and being prepared for and understanding our current limitations is of help and appreciated.”

Mrs White added: “As we noted, staffing pressures are a fundamental aspect of the current pressures right across our system.

“Although we have sizable numbers of people needing treatment in hospital, we simultaneously have seen significant increases in the number and complexity of people who require support to remain in their own homes and to return home from hospital. Recruitment challenges are limiting our ability to meet this increased need.

“This is despite recent success recruiting to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s in-house Care and Support Services (CASS), where the enlisting of 32 staff equated to a further 784 hours of care provision – supporting the care at home visits in our region which now total 80,000 every single week.

“As a consequence, you will hopefully be aware of the concentrated and ongoing recruitment activity aimed at bolstering our care at home services – supported by the increase in pay for this sector announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

“As that work continues, we are recruiting health and care support workers to help support care at home services, and we have multi-disciplinary teams reviewing people’s needs and identifying new and alternative ways of meeting those needs.

“We’re evolving our ways of working, developing models which will look to safely maximise hospital discharges and looking at options for how people requiring long-term care can be supported in the interim until that longer term arrangement is in place. Thanks to our Community Nursing Teams, our STARS team, social care teams and the staff deployed from our empty cottage hospitals, we are now supporting more than 100 people at home who would have otherwise been delayed in hospital awaiting packages of care.

“Huge credit and appreciation needs to be voiced for the many thousands of unpaid Carers in our region, as without them our health and social care systems would simply not be able to function. The pandemic has led to an increasing number of people becoming Carers as well as adding to the huge impact that caring has on those who were already caring.

“This current situation may mean that there could be added requests made of families and Carers at this time and we acknowledge the added pressure this may cause. It is important that Carers are considered as partners alongside our health and social care teams and made aware that there is support available to them via local organisations like D&G Carers Centre and others who can provide ongoing information, advice and support to anyone caring for a relative or friend.

“Technology continues to evolve, and we are looking to harness developments there which can help across all of health and social care. The use of technology to support people to be as independent as possible at home will be a key feature of our work this winter.

“Meanwhile, we are reconfiguring our approaches so that we have Mountainhall Treatment Centre now supporting the flow of patients out of DGRI, and staff being deployed to where they can help people to safely return to their homes as soon as possible – which is the central ethos of our Home Teams way of working across our communities.

“And very significantly, work is taking place with the region’s third sector partners around the role they currently, and could in future, play in supporting people to live in their own homes. I am also very grateful to our Police Scotland colleagues and our Scottish Fire and Rescue Service colleagues who are offering their support to help with things such as welfare checks on our most vulnerable people, and the ongoing vital work carried out by the Scottish Ambulance Service.”

All of these actions are being supported by an increase in funding received from the Scottish Government.

However, Mrs White warns that money in itself is not the solution to the challenges still weighing very heavily across the region’s health and social care system.

Mrs White said: “The bottom line is that this is about people. It’s about increases in the number of people in our region who need treatment and support, as our population continues to age.

“It’s also about challenges in finding the staff and volunteers from our working age populations to meet those needs.

“And it’s about how everyone accesses health and social care, how we maximise the existing resources, and how we help look after ourselves and each other to try and make certain that our systems work to ensure everyone gets the right level of care, in the right place, at the right time.”

‘Serious’ situation in region’s health and social care sparks community call

A VERY serious situation now exists across the health and social care system in Dumfries and Galloway – currently experiencing the greatest pressures in living memory. 

Direct requests are now being made to families and loved ones of hospital in-patients to provide whatever support they can to facilitate a speedy discharge, and help address major pressures. 

Julie White is Chief Officer of the Health and Social Care Partnership and Chief Operating Officer of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and she said: “We are in an unprecedented situation. 

“Never in the living memory of health and social care services in Dumfries and Galloway have we been faced with such pressures. Not with the move to the new DGRI back in 2017, not in the worst of any winters… this is a whole new level of pressure. 

“And we can’t promise that it’s not going to get any worse. 

“Our fundamental issue at the moment is the volume of people who genuinely require our help and support and finite staffing resource available to meet those needs. We are doing our best to recruit more staff to support us but the pressure is immediate. 

“So today we are not just looking for the ongoing support of our incredible staff and volunteers, but also from our communities. 

“To families and friends of loved ones currently in our care, anything you can possibly do to help support the return of that person to their home environment will assist us in ensuring we are then able to help others. 

“Get in touch with our teams, guide our approaches, suggest ways in which we can accelerate their return home. 

“For the wider community, anything you can do to help support us at this time will be met with immense appreciation. Help us by following guidance which sets out where to seek the most appropriate source of help if needed, but, if it is needed, please do come forward. Please continue to be tolerant and understanding as we make some really difficult decisions to manage this unprecedented demand. 

“To be clear, we will always be here to provide treatment and care – but the limits of what we are able to do continue to be stretched to new degrees, and I am extremely concerned about how much further these resources can stretch.  

“As noted, we can’t guarantee that this current situation won’t worsen still, but right now we want everyone to understand just how difficult things are, to help in any way they can, and ask them to be as supportive and polite as possible to the amazing staff and volunteers who remain professional and caring – no matter how difficult and testing the circumstances.”  

Supporting Carers in Dumfries and Galloway – Carers Act Funding 2021/22

Supporting Carers is a priority for the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board and one of the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes.

A funding opportunity to support Carers in the region is now available as a result of additional funding for Carers from the Scottish Government. There remains over £100,000 of Carers Act Funding for Dumfries and Galloway for the financial year 2021/22 currently unallocated. This funding is available on both a recurring and non-recurring basis and the Carers Programme Board is inviting proposals for the use of these monies.

Proposals might be in relation to

  • testing change
  • finding new ways to use recurring funding
  • identifying short breaks for Carers

Submission of application(s)   

Carers Act Funding Application Form

Proposals should be submitted via the above application form to dg.spcp@nhs.scot. The closing date for proposals to be received is 5pm on Thursday 6 December 2021.

Criteria for Application 

The aims and outcomes of the proposal must clearly demonstrate improvements to the lived experience of Carers in Dumfries and Galloway (please see criteria in appendix one)

Decision Process and Timescale 

On 16 December 2021 the Carers Programme Board will make decisions on those proposals seeking non-recurring funding.  They will also approve recommendations in relation to proposals seeking recurring funding to go forward to the Integration Joint board in early 2022. 

Proposal leads will be informed of the outcomes the Carers Programme Board discussion and IJB meetings.  

Monitoring and Evaluation 

All funded projects will be required to deliver regular data in relation to agreed proposal measures to the Carers Programme Board. 

Appendix One – Criteria 

The funding panel will consider applications against the following criteria

  • Strategic Fit – How fits with local and national strategy, policy and guidance such as IJB Strategic Commissioning Plan and Carers Act 
  • Effectiveness – How the needs of Carers will be met. The aims and expected outcomes and how these will be evaluated 
  • Deliverability – Description of the availability of resources (e.g. workforce, premises, equipment)  
  • Sustainability – Description of an exit strategy or sustainability plan 
  • Affordability – Outline of the cost and an assessment of the value for money 
  • Risk – Assessment of the risk of progressing or not progressing the proposal 

Each proposal will be scored against each criterion. These scores will be aggregated to determine an overall score. Each criterion will have the same weighting. 

Day provides chance to thank region’s Allied Health Professionals

ATTENTION is being focused on the work of Allied Health Professionals across Dumfries and Galloway as part of the fourth national AHP Day.

AHPs are a diverse group of practitioners who apply their expertise to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages across health, education and social care.

Joan Pollard is Director of Allied Health Professions, and she said: “Today, I would like to invite everyone to pause for a minute and give thought and recognition to the incredible work being carried out by our extremely dedicated Allied Health Professionals.

“Day in, day out, they play a fundamental role in ensuring the health and welfare of our region’s population, using expertise and knowledge across a wide range of areas to support people to live health, active and independent lives.

“The pandemic has impacted on all of us, and within our extremely stretched health and social care system AHPs have demonstrated incredible resilience in managing the huge pressures brought to bear on their working lives.

“I would like to thank each and every one of them for the dedication and commitment they have demonstrated in helping people. I would also like to thank those people they have helped, who have been patient and supportive of the work they have been undertaking amid very trying circumstances.

“Thanks also comes from the many colleagues of Allied Health Professionals for the superb collaborative support that has been provided to them over the past 12 months.

“I think it’s also extremely important to recognise the flexibility and willingness of AHPs to go above and beyond, and work outside of their normal roles in many situations in order to ensure the provision of appropriate care within the wider organisation.”

Allied Health Professionals within Dumfries and Galloway comprise podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, orthotists, paramedics, orthoptists, physiotherapists, diagnostic radiographers, and speech and language therapists.

Joan Pollard said: “I want to thank all of our Allied Health Professionals, and express how immensely proud I am to be associated with these incredibly talented and hard working people.

“I’m not sure everyone will appreciate how much we rely on our AHPs, or what sort of position we would be in without them, but this annual day hopefully provides an opportunity to highlight their roles and provide them with the recognition and thanks which is very much owed to every single person.”

Marking International Overdose Awareness Day

Buildings across Dumfries and Galloway will be lit up in purple to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.

The tribute – on 31st August – is being made to remember those who have died due to overdose and acknowledge the grief of the families and friends left behind.

The locations include: We are With You – Buccleuch Street, Dumfries; St Ringans Parish Church – Castle Douglas; Old Parish Church – Annan and The Baptist Church – Stranraer. 

Information packs on overdose awareness, harm reduction and contact details for local support services will be available at these locations.

Families and members of the community are being invited to tie a purple ribbon at these locations to remember those who have lost their lives to drug related death. Ribbons will be available at each location

Grahame Clarke, Independent Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, said: “We have previously highlighted the continued rise in suspected drug related deaths in Dumfries and Galloway, and so, we are using our activity in support of International Overdose Awareness Day to again remind all of our communities of the devastating impact that drug related deaths have.

“We want to acknowledge the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from drug overdose.

“We would like to remind drug users and their families of the key things they can do to reduce the risk of overdose.”

Steps include:

· Don’t take drugs alone – most suspected fatal overdoses have involved someone taking drugs alone. Taking drugs alone increases the chance of fatally overdosing, because there is no one to call for help in an emergency.

· Don’t take a combination of drugs, drugs that haven’t been prescribed and or drugs that may have been bought over the internet. This includes alcohol and prescribed medication. Mixing drugs greatly increases the risk of overdose, particularly if you don’t know exactly what they are or what effect they will have.

· Don’t try new substances, increase or reduce the quantity of drugs or alcohol being regularly taken without support from your GP or Drug and Alcohol treatment Service. If trying any new substances, try a very small amount at first, so you know how it might affect you.

· Get a Naloxone kit. Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of a heroin or other opioid overdose and allows time for someone to seek emergency help. Friends and family can also get a Naloxone kit

· Dial 999 immediately if you believe that someone is having an overdose or if you feel unwell after taking any drugs. When someone has overdosed, they can look and sound like they are simply asleep; snoring can be an indication the person is having breathing difficulties. Always check when you hear snoring that the person is actually asleep.

The message from Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership is being echoed and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Local Resilience Partnership in the form of its partners Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Police Scotland, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership.

Further information can be found at www.stopdgdrugdeaths.co.uk

Midpark ward staff heap praise as local camera club rises to challenge

A collaboration between a ward at Midpark Hospital in Dumfries and a local camera club has resulted in new stimulating art for patients. 

The Glencairn Ward is one of six wards at Midpark Hospital, providing 15 beds for older adults who are experiencing difficulties with their current mental health which cannot be supported at home and so require hospital admission.  

Senior Charge Nurse Claire Gabriel said: “Staff on the ward were keen to decorate its walls with art which would encourage conversation, and allow discussions about life experiences and memories, as well as hobbies and locations visited in the region. 

“We all know how stimulating artwork can be for many of our patients, and it made sense to see if we could obtain attractive and engaging pictures that could take up a permanent place on the walls of the ward.” 

It was a chance discussion between Claire Gabriel and Dumfries Camera Club Competition Secretary Ian Findlay, a partner at Findlay Design, that led to a project being undertaken by the wider camera club members. 

Dumfries Camera club is a long-standing amateur photographic club that would normally meet at Gracefield Arts Centre between August and May.  

Due to restrictions around lockdowns, they have continued to hold virtual meetings – but have arranged competitions and welcomed guest speakers on a Wednesday night throughout the pandemic. 

The Camera Club members were happy to take on the challenge of creating new images to help decorate Glencairn Ward, providing an abundance of entries for the ward staff to choose from. 

Ultimately, eight pictures were chosen, and Ian from Findlay Design supported staff by getting large canvases printed for the staff to hang within the ward.  

Mr Findlay said: “The club were really happy to support this bid to create some original artwork for Glencairn Ward at Midpark Hospital, and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge which was put to them by the ward staff. 

“We had a huge number of entries, of fantastic quality, and the club is delighted that the some of that resulting work has now been selected and is providing talking points for patients and staff.” 

Claire has expressed huge gratitude to Dumfries Camera Club for what they undertook, and for the role played by Mr Findlay. 

She said: “The pictures are stunning and have proven to be a huge success for both patients and staff.  

“Their comments when viewing some of the shots of life and nature include, ‘You can actually see what is happening at that time’,  ‘I just love looking at these pictures’, ‘Amazing’, ‘They stimulate conversation’ and ‘When I go back, I see something different every time’. 

Glencairn Ward at Midpark Hospital sees care provided by a wide range of multi-disciplinary team members. Staff also work in partnership with family and friends, to provide a high standard of patient-centred care. 

COVID forces suspension of procedures and services

A CONTINUING increase in coronavirus cases has seen Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership make difficult decisions to suspend or alter a range of routine services. 

The significant rise in new COVID-19 related admissions to DGRI has prompted moves aimed at creating capacity to deal with the rising demand for health and social care provision – which is now greater than at any point during the first wave of the pandemic.  

The decision has been taken to suspend some non-urgent, non-cancer elective or planned procedures. 

Meanwhile, some community social care services are being suspended, reflecting the dangers posed by a strikingly high rate of the new, highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant which is fuelling the local outbreaks. 

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer Julie White said: “Decisions to suspend services are never taken lightly, and we have held off as long as it was safely judged to do so before implementing these actions. 

“To be very clear in respect of planned healthcare procedures, this is not a complete suspension. Our goal is to preserve our ability to undertake procedures deemed urgent by our clinical teams and to ensure that patients with cancer continue to receive timely treatment and support.   

“Where possible, however, we are halting non-urgent clinical appointments for outpatients, day surgery and theatres in order to ensure we have the capacity to provide immediate help to those in most need.   

“Patients can be assured that our clinical teams will assess our referrals to ensure that those most in need of urgent care are prioritised.  We will keep these measures under review and will aim to get routine work back up and running as soon as is safe to do so. 

“Although our hospitals are facing pressures around capacity, we are managing this situation – with contingency plans in place to increase capacity as required.” 

Changes are also being implemented which affect GP practices in the region, with many practices focusing again on the provision of urgent care and support to their local patients.  

Again this decision has been made in order that GP teams can support the assessment of patients with suspected COVID-19 in their local communities, although this will be undertaken virtually in most cases. This move will also enable GPs to focus on those patients with other urgent needs and conditions within their local communities, ensuring that admissions to hospital are avoided wherever possible and safe to do so.   

Given the increasing levels of infection across the region, the Health and Social Care Partnership has also taken the decision that all adult respite units, adult day services and Activity and Resource Centres should only provide services to those in critical need at this time. 

Additionally, given the specific concerns in the west of the region in terms of particularly high COVID infection levels, a decision has been made to suspend the ARCs in both Stranraer and Newton Stewart. 

Currently, the advice being promoted by the Scottish Government is that the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect ourselves and communities is to stay at home as much as possible. 

Julie White said: “While none of this is what we would want, given all the work that’s been undertaken over many months to safely restore our services following the response to the first wave of COVID, these outcomes are the result of carefully considered decisions aimed firstly at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and secondly at ensuring that our staffing resource is utilised to support those most in need. 

“Changes are also being implemented in the provision of Care at Home services within the Partnership. Our first consideration will continue to be for the wellbeing and safety of the individuals who receive our care at home services. Currently, however, due to pressures created by the pandemic, we are severely limited in the availability of care to meet needs across the region. We will therefore be working with our care providers, service users and their families to ensure that we provide a safe level of care for individuals whilst asking for flexibility in order for us to facilitate discharges from hospital.   

“The first round of vaccinations have now been completed in each of the region’s 31 older adult care homes. We will continue to work with our local care home providers to optimise the use of these facilities to help meet people’s needs just now on both a permanent and short term basis to respond to the crisis.   

“We very much hope to be able to restore all of our suspended services as soon as the situation allows, and ask everyone, individually, to play their part in helping to speed up that prospect by adhering to the national guidance around COVID – with the message of stay home, save lives.” 

Staff involved in delivery of these services will be contacting people individually to advise them of these developments, and to discuss how people can continue to be supported during this difficult time. 

COVID awareness promoted by Alcohol and Drug Partnership

COVID-19 has presented unique healthcare challenges – but represents a very real challenge to vulnerable groups such as those who have drug and alcohol problems.  

It is estimated that over half of the 60,000 or so people with drug problems in Scotland are over the age of 35 and have multiple co-morbidities, including COPD, making them a vulnerable high-risk group in relation to COVID-19. At the same time, the challenges of lockdown, constraints around face-to-face service delivery as well as social isolation can greatly increase the risk of disengagement from service, relapse, overdose or drug-related death. 

Speaking ahead of International Drug Overdose Awareness Day this Sunday August 31, chair of Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) Grahame Clarke said: “People with drug and alcohol problems are among the most vulnerable members of our communities, and among those vulnerable to the effects not just of the coronavirus itself but also the resulting response, including lockdown and the contraction of services.

“As such, it is vitally important that front line staff in contact with people who have drug or alcohol issues or who are providing a service to them understand the impact the pandemic might have on the individual and know where help can be obtained – either from within their own organisation or from other services.  

“With this in mind Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) has been running an awareness campaign aimed at the staff and the volunteers who work within Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership. The campaign has highlighted the challenges faced by those with drug and alcohol problems and provided information on how these individuals can be supported on their recovery journey, reducing the risk of harm to them.”

The campaign has featured four key themes which the Drug and Alcohol Partnership feel should also be understood by anyone who knows someone with a drug or alcohol issue during the COVID period.

Mr Clarke said: “COVID has a huge challenge on all of us, but it poses a particular challenge to vulnerable people – including those with drug and alcohol problems.

“Our work recently has been about engaging with those people in health and social care whose work brings them into contact with these vulnerable people and making them aware of what a challenge it is to them, and what they can do to help them overcome these challenges.

“There is no reason why people with drug and alcohol problems cannot continue to access their GP practice, or consult with a specialist drug or alcohol service, as many will have issues and ailments which need to be tended to, and these can continue to be addressed. They shouldn’t be put off or think COVID is more important.

“It’s about encouraging people with alcohol and drug problems not to change their behaviours – don’t try new things, don’t change the amount that you take, don’t take it in new way, don’t try new drugs and don’t mix drugs. These are some of the dangers which exist.

“Isolation as a result of COVID can have a particular impact on people with alcohol and drug difficulties, with less face-to-face contact and less social support. This can have an impact on mental health and how they deal with isolation, and all of that can build and have quite a profound effect on them, and their use of drugs and alcohol.

“In these situations it’s about having discussions, it’s about making them aware of the services which can help them and encouraging them to contact those services and seek help early get as much help as they possibly can.”

A full list of contact details for services within the region which can provide support are available on the Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership website https://dghscp.co.uk/alcohol-drugs-partnership-adp/

Grahame said: “My plea is if you have any concern about anyone you know then please do pick up the phone to us or the services, or encourage them to get in touch, because it’s vitally important that we support this vulnerable group at this very challenging time.”

Extension of self-isolation to ten days

ANYONE in Scotland diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms will now have to self-isolate for ten days – an increase from seven.

The announcement has been made by UK’s four Chief Medical Officers, noting evidence that people with COVID-19 have a ‘low but real possibility’ of infectiousness between seven and nine days after the onset of the illness.

Reacting to the development, NHS Dumfries and Galloway Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Nigel Calvert said: “Self-isolation plays such an important role in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus, and we’ve seen this first-hand within Dumfries and Galloway,

“We’re so grateful that people do self-isolate, and with this extension from seven days to ten days it’s important we remember that this move is to ensure the full effectiveness of this action, and that self-isolation is an act which protects our friends, our neighbours and our wider communities.”

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Dr Gregor Smith is a co-signatory on the statement issued today by all four of the UK’s chief medical officers which has introduced and explained the extension of the self-isolation period.

Explaining the 10 day self-isolation period applies for those people who have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result, the statement said: “In symptomatic people, COVID-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.

“Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with COVID who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.

“We have considered how best to target interventions to reduce risk to the general population and consider that at this point in the epidemic, with widespread and rapid testing available and considering the relaxation of other measures, it is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result.

“This will help provide additional protection to others in the community. This is particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission.”

Other signatories to the letter are Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland Dr Michael McBride and Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton.

COVID-19 is highly transmissible, and no one should be blamed for contracting the virus.

Anyone who does experience any of the symptoms (a cold or flu like illness – including a new cough, high temperature, or loss of smell) should self-isolate and book a test through our mobile testing unit which carries out testing daily across the region.

Tests can be booked by visiting the website www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/ Testing date and locations can be found at the end of this message.

Friday 31st July


Langholm – Kilngreen Car Park.

DG13 0JN            


Thornhill – Community Centre,

East Back Street. DG3 5LH

Saturday 1st August       


Dumfries – DG1 Leisure Centre,

Hoods Loaning, DG1 2HT              


Stranraer – Ashwood House.


Sunday 2nd August        


Dumfries – DG1 Leisure Centre,

Hoods Loaning, DG1 2HT              


Annan – Swimming Pool,

St Johns Rd. DG12 6AQ 

Monday 3rd August       


Stranraer – Ashwood House.



Moffat – Station Park Car Park,

Beattock Road (A701), Moffat. 

Tuesday 4th August       


Annan – Swimming Pool,

St Johns Rd. DG12 6AQ

MTU2 – morning

Dalbeattie (location to be confirmed)

MTU3 – afternoon

Castle Douglas – Market St Car Park.


Wednesday 5th August


Thornhill – Community Centre,

East Back Street. DG3 5LH           


Stranraer – Ashwood House.


Thursday 6th August     

MTU1 – morning

Newton Stewart – Douglas Ewart High School,

Corsbie Rd. DG8 6JQ


Annan – Swimming Pool,

St Johns Rd. DG12 6AQ 

MTU3 – afternoon

Kirkcudbright – (location to be confirmed)

Friday 7th August            


Moffat – Station Park Car Park,

Beattock Road (A701), Moffat.


Sanquhar  – Fun Pool,

Blackaddie Road. DG4 6DB          

Saturday 8th August


Dumfries – DG1 Leisure Centre,

Hoods Loaning. DG1 2HT              


Dalry – (location to be confirmed)            

Sunday 9th August                         


Lockerbie – McJerrow Car Park,

High Street. DG11 2BJ

In Dumfries and Galloway, the following groups of staff with symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to be tested through one of the NHS testing facilities. This can be organised through Occupational Health (01387 244626) or, for any non-NHS or non-Council staff, through line managers.

  • NHS staff, including independent contractors such as GPs, dentists, optometrists and community pharmacists
  • Social care staff, including care home and care-at-home staff
  • Emergency services, including police, fire and rescue, ambulance, and prison service staff
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council employees

Special thanks to Armed Forces

A special message of thanks is expressed during Armed Forces Week for the contributions made by all personnel.

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership would particularly like to recognise the support which has been provided during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

Military personnel have been providing ongoing assistance around the planned response to the coronavirus, and staff continue to operate the mobile testing unit which provides daily testing moving around locations right across the region.

Valerie White is Interim Director of Public Health and NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Armed Forces Champion, and she said: “The Armed Forces have played an important role locally by operating the mobile COVID-19 testing centres across the region and this is an example of the professionalism and quick response we can expect from the Armed Forces in supporting local communities when needed.”

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is one organisation which has made a commitment to support the Armed Forces through a signed agreement, or covenant, having received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in August 2019.

On the eve of Armed Forces Day, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, June 27, Health Improvement Officer Richard Smith has recorded a video in which he recognises the role of the Armed Forces…. https://youtu.be/1yJZwPPY0hA

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