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Army Covid-19 testing in Stranraer

THE board of NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been updated on the Covid-19 response and been told the organisation is is good financial health. A statement said: 'An update on continuing work to address the challenge of COVID-19 was submitted to the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Board this week. 'The Board met virtually on Monday, and were briefed on new developments including the move towards the introduction of Test, Trace, Isolate and Support - in line with national directions. NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Jeff Ace described the scale of work to implement this approach locally – explaining that this will involve the recruitment of new staff and the introduction of new IT solutions. Mr Ace said the testing system in Dumfries and Galloway had significantly expanded, and been joined by mobile testing delivered by the British Army for people over 65 and non-health and social care key workers. The military have been testing pre-booked patients at a variety of locations across the region, including at Stranraer and Newton Stewart. They return to Stranraer on Monday. Mr Ace said 'relatively small number of Covid-positive patients' were currently in the critical care unit at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in Dumfries. He noted 'an increase in activity around non-civid matters, with a rise in attendance at emergency departments.' NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Operating Officer Julie White provided an update on work aimed at anticipating and managing the future potential demand on services generated by Covid-19. Mrs White said that this work included availability of beds and staff, as well as matters ranging from medication supplies to PPE. Mrs White reported that testing has increased in care homes, in line with instructions from the Scottish Government and said work is taking place to see what increase can be delivered around elective work, with a focus on using NHS Near Me or telephone appointments. There had, Mrs White noted, said been an increase in referrals to the crisis team for young people, particularly around anxiety and stress. 'Quick responses had been possible,' said the NHS statement. 'Mrs White also pointed towards work to bolster the arrangements for Home Teams, which will be able to provide health and social care support more directly within communities.' Director of Finance Katy Lewis reported that 'despite considerable challenges, a break-even position had been able to be achieved for NHS Dumfries and Galloway in the financial year 2019/20.'

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