• Princess Royal opens Dumfries hospital and Kirkcudbright gallery

    The Princess Royal is to carry out the official opening of a new multi-million pound hospital in southern Scotland.

    The first patients moved into the Dumfries Infirmary in December last year.

    A ceremony will be held at the Garroch roundabout site which replaced the old facility on the town's Craigs Road.

    Following the event at the hospital the royal visitor will move on to Kirkcudbright to officially open a major new art gallery in the town.

    Work officially started on the new hospital in June 2015.

    The construction phase was completed on budget and on time last year by the High Wood Health consortium which included Laing O'Rourke.

    Staff, patients and medical facilities transferred to the 344-bed hospital in early December.

    NHS Dumfries and Galloway's chief operating officer Julie White said the official opening was the culmination of a "lot of hard work" to deliver a "fantastic new hospital".

    "We have been very much looking forward to this event since the opening of our new hospital in December 2017," she said.

    Later in the day the official opening will also be carried out at the new art gallery in Kirkcudbright.

    The facility opened its doors to the public in early June, and Dumfries and Galloway Council's deputy leader Rob Davidson said he was "absolutely delighted" with the royal visit.

    "It gives the gallery the prominence and significance for the whole country that we really set out to achieve," he said.

    "It was always quite an ambition I think for a little town in the south west of Scotland to have an art gallery of national significance.

    "I think we have delivered that in the quality of the place itself.

    "The fact that we have an official royal opening is really the seal of approval that what we have created is something which is genuinely a nationally significant venue."

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