Exterior of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Hospitals and Treatment Centres in Dumfries and Galloway

Where will I be treated?

Where possible, you will be treated locally at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Some types of chemotherapy and all radiotherapy treatments are given at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, which is part of the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Some types of surgery are provided at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh or at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The following information leaflets provide further information for Dumfries and Galloway patients receiving treatment in Edinburgh:

The How to get to hospitals page has information on how to get to the Edinburgh Cancer Centre/Western General Hospital from Dumfries and Galloway. 

Local treatments

dumfries and Galloway Royal InfirmaryDumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary 

The Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, the District General Hospital, serves the region of Dumfries and Galloway. You can find more information about how to find the hospital on the NHS Dumfries and Galloway website or on our How to get to hospitals page. 

The Macmillan Centre is situated on the ground floor of the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The centre houses clinics and the chemotherapy (Kennedy) suite, the Alexandra Unit for specialist palliative care services and the Cancer Information and Support Centre which offers a confidential one-to-one counselling and psychological support service, information on all aspects of living with cancer and treatments, complementary therapies, relaxation tips, stress management, dietary and nutritional advice, links to national and local organisations and support groups,  and a Drop-in Service.

The Macmillan Centre


Man walking in through the dooway to the 

D&G Macmillan Centre 

The entrance to the centre can be reached by turning left once you enter the main hospital entrance.  

As you enter the main corridor, you will see the Cancer Information and Support Centre on your left. Here, you can access free information and support services for anyone affected by cancer. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the staff and volunteers are happy to help.

Woman showing a letter to the D&G Macmillan Centre receptionist who is sitting behind a desk.  

Beyond the Information and Support Centre, you will find the spacious and comfortable appointment waiting area and the main reception desk. The reception area is staffed from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm. The receptionists will ensure that staff are aware of your arrival and will direct you to other areas of the centre if appropriate. A coffee machine and a water fountain are located in this area for your convenience.

A nurse is attending to a male patient who is seated in a large armchair. 

At the very end of the outpatient corridor is the Kennedy Suite. This area is used for treatment clinics, including chemotherapy. It is a bright, airy room with patio doors that open onto a garden. Large, comfortable chairs help patients relax while they are receiving the chemotherapy. Some patients like to bring a book to help pass the time. Patients are welcome to bring along a relative or friend. Many patients enjoying talking to others who are receiving treatment at the same time.

A male patient is sitting on a bed in a hospital room in the D&G Macmillan Centre  

A bedroom is available in the clinic for those who may prefer privacy or wish to rest during their treatment. A treatment room is also available for patients who require privacy for specialised procedures, such as Hickman line maintenance.  

A man at the entrance to the Cancer information and support centre in the 

dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary 

If you have cancer yourself, care for a relative or friend with cancer, work as a health professional, or simply want to know more about any aspect of cancer, please feel free to drop by for a chat.
You do not need to make an appointment. The hours are Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm and on Tuesday evenings from 7pm - 8.30pm. 

The Information and Support Centre is located within the Macmillan Centre, which is situated on the ground floor of the hospital (turn left once you enter the main entrance). We are second on the left as you enter the Macmillan Centre.

A smiling volunteer is standing behind a desk and shaking the hand of a man who is 

standing on the other side of the desk. 

The Cancer Information and Support Centre is managed by an experienced cancer nurse, assisted by trained volunteers, many of whom have a personal experience of cancer.

A woman volunteer is sitting talking informally with a man in the Cancer Information and 

Suuport Centre in the D&G Royal Infirma 

Patients, carers, relatives and friends are welcome to drop into the calm and welcoming centre for a friendly chat and a cup of coffee, somewhere you can get information or share concerns confidentially.

A man is standing in front of a bookcase which is full of coloured booklets and is 

reading a booklet in the library of the CISC. 

The Centre has information on all aspects of living with cancer and its treatments. This includes a comprehensive range of leaflets, books and DVDs. A TV/DVD player is available for use in the Centre by patients, relatives, or staff. The staff will be happy to help direct you to the information you require.

A volunteer is seated in front of a pc with a man standing behind her. Both are looking 

at the screen of the pc . 

The Centre also has computers with Internet access and we will be happy to guide you through recommended websites on cancer and other health-related issues. We can also give you a list of web addresses to take home, or we can search the web on your behalf.

A seated man is talking to a health professional in a quiet room at the CISC, Dumfries 

and Galloway Royal Infirmary


The quiet room can be used for anyone who needs a quiet space away from the hospital buzz and for private conversations.
A variety of groups and courses are run from the centre, including stress management and relaxation classes and a Cancer Support Group.
We can direct you to self-help and support groups, or introduce you to someone who has been through a similar experience to yourself. Professional counselling and psychological support can also be arranged at the Centre.

A benefits advisor (from the Support 4 Life Team) holds regular clinics in the resource room. The clinics run on Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 10.00-12.00. The advisor can be contacted at other times and will also visit you at home if you prefer.

Support 4 Life also has benefits advice clinics in:

Castle Douglas
3 St Andrew Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DE
Tel: 01556 502190

23 Lewis Street, Stranraer DG9 7AB
Tel: 01776 889435 / 01776 706355

81-85 Irish Street, Dumfries DG1 2PG
Tel: 01387 252456 / 01387 268 286  

19A Bank Street, Annan DG12 6AA
Tel: 01461 206453 / 01461 201012

The Manager of the Information and Support Centre is assisted by a team of trained volunteers, many of whom have had a personal experience of cancer.

The Centre also has a number of associated specialists and other specialists are available on request

  • a social worker
  • a psychologist
  • a benefits advisor
  • a lymphoedema specialist
  • a physiotherapist
  • a dietician
  • a breast prosthesis specialist

The Alexandra Unit

Getting directions to the Alexandra Unit in the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary  

Access to the Alexandra Unit is through the Macmillan Centre reception area. The Macmillan Centre is situated on the ground floor of the hospital and can be reached by turning left once you enter the main entrance.

Most patients require only a short stay in the Alexandra unit before being sent home with the on-going support of a Macmillan nurse. This specialist palliative care nurse works as part of the full team caring for patients within their own homes. A minority of patients do choose to stay within the Alexandra Unit for care at the end of their illness.

At all times, the unit staff work to provide excellent care that supports each patient's individual needs and wishes.

Great care is taken to ensure a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the unit. The unit is bright and airy, and volunteers ensure fresh flowers are always displayed.

A single room in the alexandra Unit of the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

The unit has eight single bedrooms, with en suite shower and toilet facilities. There is a TV in each room. Access to the outside terrace is via a patio door in each room allowing patients to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors 'weather permitting'. The patio door allows pets to be brought in to visit patients in the unit by arrangement with the nursing staff.

Meals are provided at times that will suit the individual needs of each patient. Relatives are encouraged to use the ward kitchen for light refreshments.

There are no limits to visiting, however it is important to remember that having visitors can be very tiring. Relatives are welcome to stay overnight, either with the patient or in a separate room. Children are welcome to visit and staff are happy to address any questions they may wish to raise.

A sitting room in the Alexandra Unit of the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

A variety of day rooms allow relatives and friends the opportunity to take a break from visiting without having to leave the unit.

Patients who wish to smoke have access to a smoke room. An extractor fan ensures the smoke does not filter into the rest of the building.

Special hydrosound bath in the Alexandra unit of the Dumfries and Gallowy Royal Infirmary

An added luxury of the inpatient unit is the large bath, which allows patients to enjoy the benefits of a warm soak and has the option of 'hydrosound'. This provides a stream of tingling bubbles, which pass through the water, like an electric Jacuzzi. Patients may use a special chair to access the bath without having to climb in and out.

Dolphin water feature in the courtyard garden of the Alexandra Unit, Dumfries and Galloway 

Royal Infirmary

The central courtyard has a lovely garden area and dolphin feature that can be enjoyed by patients and their visitors during their stay.