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Dumfries and West
Hospital visiting restarts

VISITING to inpatient wards at Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer has resumed from today.

However, restrictions mean that each patient is limited to one named visitor during the course of their time in hospital.

With specific exemptions, inpatient visiting was suspended last Wednesday as work took place to investigate and address Covid-19 cases which had been confirmed recently in the west of the region.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway imposed the temporary suspension to help limit any spread of coronavirus and protect vulnerable patients.

However, the local Test and Protect team are now of the view that visiting can resume. Anyone visiting the hospital is required to follow hand hygiene and hand washing advice, don PPE as directed, and not to visit if experiencing symptoms of flu, Covid, or if feeling generally unwell.

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Award winning poet debuts new collection

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Award winning poet debuts new collection

IT'S a long way from Dumfries and Galloway to the Yukon but poet Chrys Salt has bridged the gap with her new work. Chrys, who lives near Gatehouse of Fleet, debuted ‘Skookum Jim and The Klondike Gold Rush, at the Wigtown Book Festival earlier this month. She is a poet with roots deeply planted in the theatre. She has produced four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections and has performed on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and done readings at venues and festivals across the UK, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland, India and Australia, where she was The International Poet at The Tasmanian Poetry Festival last year. In addition, she has been the recipient of various awards and bursaries, including a national media award a New Writing bursary from the English Arts Council, a Work Development Award from Creative Scotland) and a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival). In recent years she has been the recipient of two Creative Scotland bursaries, one for completing her collection Dancing on a Rock and the most recent for research in The Yukon for new collection Skookum Jim and The Klondike Gold Rush. Chrys, who is director of The Bakehouse Community Arts in Gatehouse and Big Lit: The Stewartry Book Festival, was awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014 She spoke to Violet McMurtie about her work and inspirations:

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