Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
NHS Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) provides orthopaedic trauma and elective care to Dumfries and Galloway, and has quite a large catchment area from the English border to Lanarkshire. The hospital moved in late 2017 to its current location in Cargenbridge, in open farmland, which probably offers the best setting of any hospital in the west of Scotland. The current hospital consists of a ‘hub’ over three floors which houses the outpatient departments; the emergency department; radiology; library; canteen and administrative offices, and 3 three ‘spokes’ with 3 wards over the three floors of each spoke. The orthopaedic ward (C6) is located on the top floor of the middle ‘spoke’.
The main canteen in the main foyer on the ground floor serves hot ready made stir fries; Scottish stodge and sandwiches etc. The food here is very good. There is a cash machine and a post box next to the main entrance.
The main orthopaedic ward (C6) is located on the top floor of the central ‘spoke’ of the hospital.
The Orthopaedic clinic is located next to the Emergency department and theatres are on the top floor of the main ‘hub’ of the hospital
The middle grade rota is an 8 man/woman full-shift rota, which has resident nights on-call. You do approximately one week of days on call every month where you cover both the on-call and operating, and approximately half a week of resident nights on call every month.
There is scheduled departmental teaching every Thursday, which is very good and useful
Dumfries is about an hour and 10 - 30 minutes drive from Glasgow, so most trainees have to live in the free on-site residencies, which gives you a unique opportunity to get to know colleagues better; there’s incredibly good camaraderie between the junior doctors from all specialties, and you quickly get taken into the tight-knit local community of the hospital and town beyond. There is a lot to do, especially if you love the outdoors. The roads are nicely tarred and run through beautiful countryside which makes it perfect for cycling. There a lot of paths if you like running and there is a lot of history in the area. There are also a number of bars and clubs. If that all wasn’t enough for you, Dumfries also fits perfectly into the song “Born free” by Matt Munro.
Mr Rupert Ferdinand
Miss Amanda Hawkins
Mr Sameh Ansara
Mr Sameh Hatab
Mr Calum Cree
Mr Sandeep Shewale
Mr Subodh Srivastava
Walk – not really an option unless you’re doing a charity walk
Car – approximately 76 miles from Glasgow royal infirmary, along the M74, which becomes the A74. Turn off at junction 15 and follow the A701 till the tinwald downs roundabout in heathall and take th second exit onto the A75, which leads to the hospital, but if you’re following these directions and don’t have a GPS, you’ll probably be lost.
There’s free parking at the hospital by the residencies, just don’t move your car between 8 and 5.30 or else you won’t find anywhere else to park.
Bike – two bike sheds outside the residencies
Train – train station is located in the city centre. 1 hour and 15 minutes walk from the hospital; 20 minutes cycling or £5 taxi.
Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary