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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Cresswell unit to get new lease of life

APPROVAL has been given to turn the Cresswell unit at DGRI into a new treatment facility with a new name offering outpatient and day care services.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway yesterday announced the Scottish Government has given the green light for their plans for the current maternity and day surgery unit.

And work will start next year to redesign it into a fully equipped space including renal, ophthalmology, dietetic, podiatry, audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, diabetes and rehabilitation services.
It will be renamed the Mountainhall Treatment Centre and will reopen in 2020.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway chief executive Jeff Ace said: “Scottish Government support for this project enables us to deliver the final phase of our modernisation of acute services in the region.
“This new day treatment facility will provide a great environment for patients and staff and will be designed to meet latest service requirements. This is another major project for the board and continues our commitment to provide the best possible healthcare facilities for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.”
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “This is an exciting time for the health service in Dumfries and Galloway. I know the revitalised Cresswell building is a key part of the board’s plans for out-patient and day-case services.”
Meanwhile, services currently located in Cresswell will be included in the four day transfer of patients, staff and equipment from the existing DGRI to the new hospital in December.

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