West Galloway is a wonderful rural environment, from unspoilt beaches up to 10 miles long, water sports of all kinds and a marina. It is close to the Galloway Hills where there are fabulous cycle tracks and many walks through forest trails or to the wilderness of the Galloway Mountains, the highest of which is Merrick at 843m, which is the knuckle of a wilderness mountain range called “the awful hand”.
Galloway Community Hospital is GP not consultant led. The hospital practitioners are GP trained, and are supported by on-call anaesthetists, highly trained nurses, nurse practitioners and visiting specialists.
The hospital provides accident and emergency, chemotherapy and dialysis services, maternity care, general medical beds (20 beds), and Day surgery beds for low risk surgical procedures(12) (performed by the visiting surgeons). 24 hours X-ray and laboratory services are available, and there is a CATS on site.
Hospital practitioners provide accident and emergency cover, and lead care in medical and surgical wards.
The hospital averages 16,000 emergency attendances annually, and 1400 admissions.
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