To: Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Save our Services at Galloway Community Hospital

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.

Scotland

Reasons for signing

  • I don't live in stranraer but I have a lot of family who do and I think its an absolute disgrace that people will have to travel to Dumfries for treatment.in some cases time is of the essence and immediate treatment is necessary.my grandfather was taken to Dumfries and died in the ambulance.why the authorities think this is a good idea is quite beyond me .making people travel 1/2 hours to get treatment will put lives at risk.shame on you
  • No A&E services in Galloway will impact the decision of tourists whether to visit the area or not. The reliance on an ambulance trip to Dumfries in the case of emergency could result in unnecessary deaths. You only need look at a map of A&E locations in Scotland to see that a decision to remove A&E would be ludicrous.
  • The population of the area warrants a well equipppoed and staffed hospital - the road conditions between here and Dumfries, necessitate virtually a "full day" for visiting and/or appointments. It simply isn't practical and in all probability totally unsafe - a jack-knifed lorry - a seriously ill patient in an ambulance - where is the ambulance going? Nowhere!!

Updates

2017-07-20 07:41:01 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-19 09:45:07 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-18 18:13:04 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-18 16:59:08 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-18 15:45:06 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-18 14:14:44 +0100

10 signatures reached