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By Fiona Reid
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Hospital wins design award

“A WORTHY winner” is how Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been described by judges in a national design competition – hailing it as ‘an exemplar facility’.

The new DGRI at Garroch Loaning won the Design Excellence Award at the Health Facilities Scotland conference in Crieff last Thursday.

Project manager Stephen Howie said: “The new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary represents the realisation of a vision, brought to life through collaboration with partner organisations. Our new hospital is a fantastic facility, and represents the biggest ever capital investment by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

“It has won praise from staff, patients and visitors, and we believe it embodies the award’s ethos of a design which is patient-focussed, functional, innovative and sustainable.” The judges shared that view and said: “The new DGRI is a truly exemplar facility for the delivery of modern healthcare in Europe. Its design enhances and is inspired by its environs, on the edge of town and countryside.

“The judges felt this a worthy winner, with many DGRI key features set to become design benchmarks for NHS Scotland, e.g. light-filled ward layout, multi-acuity bedrooms, dispersed staff bases, social space, sanctuary space.

Congratulating all involved, NHS Dumfries and Galloway chief executive Jeff Ace said: “This award helps cement our belief that this design was the one which could best serve the region, and is a truly deserved tribute to all those who helped make our terrific new hospital a reality.”

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