Radiology Department

The Radiology Department provides a comprehensive diagnostic X-ray / Imaging Service across the Dumfries and Galloway region.

The Service

A general x-ray, fluoroscopic (barium), and ultrasound service is provided at the Galloway Community Hospital and, there is limited general x-ray services are at Newton Stewart Health Centre and Kirkcudbright. 

The services at Dumfries and Stranraer provide emergency cover 24hours/day, 365 days/year.

The range of services provided includes: 
General radiography
Theatre radiography/fluoroscopy
Mobile radiography on wards/resuscitation
Dental radiography
Fluoroscopy i.e. barium meals/enemas
Computerised Tomography (CT)
DEXA scanning
Ultrasound scanning
Cardiac angiography
Interventional fluoroscopy
MRI - Magnetic resonance imaging


The X-ray/Imaging Service is provided by a multi-disciplinary team made up of:

  • Radiology Nurses
  • Administrative and Clerical staff
  • X-ray Helpers
  • Porters
  • Radiographers
  • Radiologists

Processes of Care

Access to Department facilities is readily available.

GP referred patients have open access at Galloway Community Hospital (Stranraer) and at Dumfries. There a few constraints with respect to timing, but essentially patients can be x-rayed same day or next day.

Referrals requiring preparation are examined at the earliest opportunity. The average waiting time for specialised examinations is around the 4-week mark, ranging from two weeks to eight weeks.

Emergency cases are dealt with immediately.

General radiography, fluoroscopy (in the Department and in Theatre), are available on a 24hour, 7 day/week basis via the Duty Radiographer. There is also an on-call service for CT. A Radiologist is on-call for CT, certain interventional techniques, and ultrasound


The X Ray Department in the main hospital is located on the ground floor behind the lifts.

X-Ray Department  - Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
Telephone: 01387  241435

X-Ray Department - Galloway Community Hospital
Telephone: 01776 707707

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