We the undersigned call on NHS Dumfries and Galloway and The Scottish Government to give a long term commitment to the retention and improvement of the services at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.
We demand the hospital retains its crucial Accident and Emergency Unit and the hospital is used to its full potential, including an Acute Admissions Ward.
Why is this important?
Stranraer is the second biggest town in Dumfries and Galloway. Wigtownshire is a popular tourist area, containing many industrial, agricultural and forestry & fishing businesses and hosts two busy ferry ports, making an A&E Unit essential.
The people of Stranraer deserve equity and equality of service now and in the future from NHS Dumfries and Galloway. We should not be asked to travel 75 miles to Dumfries in the event of an emergency or for routine appointments that could and should be carried out in the Galloway Community Hospital.