The NHS is the second largest employer in Dumfries and Galloway providing healthcare to a region that extends from Gretna in the east to the port of Stranraer in the west.
The Health Board serves a population of around 148,000. There is one main acute hospital for the region based in Dumfries with a smaller community hospital providing acute services in Stranraer. Across the region there are eight cottage hospitals, a mental health facility - Midpark, and staff based at health and primary care facilities. The area offers good transport links and is considered one of the safest regions in the UK because of its high detection and conviction rate.
A new district hospital opened in Dumfries in December 2017.
Essentially dependent on a rural economy of farming, forestry and tourism, the region offers excellent opportunities, facilities and a exceptional quality of life. The Local Authority is committed to investing in education, with 104 primary schools and 16 high schools/academies. The region also has a further education colleges and a university campus with links to the University of the West of Scotland and Glasgow University. Dumfries has the oldest theatre in Scotland and has links with Scotland's Bard - Robert Burns.
Art and culture thrive across the region with art festivals and music festivals.
Outdoor activities offered include hill walking (or running), horse riding and there are five of the world class 7 Stanes mountain biking centres, water sports, sailing. The area offers some of the most stunning beaches that stretch along the Solway coast with views of the Lake District to the Irish Sea and the North Atlantic, experience some of the most incredible sunrises and sunsets or view the stars in the first UK "Dark Skies" area in the Galloway Forest.