NHS Dumfries and Galloway serves a population of over 148,000 but within a large geographical area of about 2,400 square miles. Dumfries and Galloway stretches from Langholm in the East to Drummore in the West, and from Kirkconnel and Carsphairn in the North down to Sandyhills on the Solway Coast. The Health Board employs around 4500 staff excluding GPs and Dentists.
There is one main hospital for the region which provides a wide range of health services – Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, which is based in Dumfries. Galloway Community Hospital serves Stranraer and the west of the region is an intermediate unit providing maternity services, and medical & surgical beds. There are eight cottage hospitals which are bedded units with some providing care provide services such as minor injuries units. Midpark Hospital provides inpatient facilities for mental health patients.