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Royal visitor unveils Kent's newest hospital

Dignitaries awaiting the Duke of Gloucester

02 April 2014

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, cut a ribbon to open the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery after taking a tour of the new hospital.

Mum denied pension in case she beats incurable condition

Former Kent Police worker Maxine Difford, at home in Ashford, was dismissed on ill health grounds

02 April 2014

A mother has been left battling to survive after being refused an early Kent Police pension - in case her incurable condition suddenly improves.


Shock as size 10 party girl gives birth to surprise baby

Sophie Aldridge did not know she was pregnant with Thomas. Picture: SWNS.com

01 April 2014

A young woman who went to hospital with crippling back pain was stunned to give birth to a baby boy just hours later.


Boy injured as metal fence hits his face in play area

Danny Stewart was injured when a metal fence fell on him

01 April 2014

A 10-year-old needed hospital treatment after a metal fence fell and pinned him to the floor at a recreation ground.


Review after patient deaths at hospital

Rosemary Coleman whose husband Philip may have died as the result of keyhole surgery at Maidstone Hospital

31 March 2014

Solicitors are handling a string of claims from patients and their families following five deaths at a Kent hospital.

Ex-banker died after taking antifreeze to get high

Nicholas Austin took anti-freeze, the inquest heard

30 March 2014

A banker who drank a litre of vodka a day after being made redundant died after downing antifreeze 'to get high', an inquest heard.

Mum's cancer shock while breastfeeding daughter

Claire Atkins after chemotherapy treatment

30 March 2014

A mother discovered she had breast cancer after finding a lump while feeding her newborn daughter.

Tests heighten family concerns after death

Jeff Hussey with his wife Trudy. Picture: Ian Whitington Photography

28 March 2014

The family of a grandfather who died two days after being turned away from hospital have been left with more questions following his post mortem exami

Mother slams hospital over "disgusting" care of daughter

Hayley Pemble lying on the floor at QEQM

28 March 2014

A mother has spoken out over the "disgusting" care of her teenage daughter who suffers with mental health problems.


Super slimming couple make final of weight-loss competition

Brian Smith and Alison Milton after their dramatic weight loss

27 March 2014

Brian Smith and Alison Milton made it to the finals of the Slimming World Couple of the Year 2014 after losing more than 11 stone between them.

Alert after tot almost chokes on baby food bone

Young Callum almost choked on this bone in baby food

26 March 2014

A mum's warned other parents to be extra careful after her 10-month-old baby nearly choked on a bone in a jar of food.


Helping hand for healthier eating

26 March 2014

A cookery project in Sandwich has been awarded more than £2,000 from the NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG.

Discovery Park experiences surge in tenants with 77 now on site

25 March 2014

The Discovery Park is experiencing a surge in tenants and thanks to government funding hopes to create 3,000 jobs by 2017.

Disgraced surgeon struck off - but avoids public investigation

There were 400 cases where surgery was carried out on the wrong body parts over the last four years. Stock image.

25 March 2014

A shamed surgeon whose incompetence led to the death of one patient and the disfigurement of others has been struck off the medical register.


'It looks like she was shot in the face'

The tumour as seen from the side

24 March 2014

This grandmother was left with an unsightly hole in her face after medics failed to diagnose a tumour on her nose. WARNING: graphic images.


Man leaves fortune to hospital

Darent Valley Hospital. Picture: Nick Johnson

24 March 2014

Nearly a quarter of a million pounds has been donated to a Kent hospital by a man who was treated for cancer there.


Church healers deny telling sick to stop taking medication

Canterbury Healing on the Streets at work in Canterbury

23 March 2014

A band of Christians who claim to heal the sick through the power of prayer alone have denied claims they told people to stop taking medication.


Tragedy of dying man sent home from hospital with 'muscular injury'

Jeff Hussey with his wife Trudy. Picture: Ian Whitington Photography

20 March 2014

A grandad died when he suffered three heart attacks - two days after doctors told him chest pains were from a 'muscular injury'.

Outbreak of scarlet fever at school

Scarlet fever on a child. Picture Alicia Williams

20 March 2014

Two pupils have contracted scarlet fever and another is suspected to have the infection after an outbreak at a Kent school.

Nuclear reactor shut down amid fears of Fukushima disaster

Dungeness B power station

19 March 2014

One of Kent's nuclear reactors was shut down for two months last year amid fears it could suffer flooding on the scale of a Fukushima disaster.

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