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Hospital heroes could be rewarded

Maidstone Hospital in Hermitage Lane

03 October 2013

Nominate hospital staff who have gone that extra mile for you

More pregnant mums smoke in Thanet than English average

Kent Fire and Rescue warn people not to smoke in bed as it's easy to fall asleep and set the bed alight. Picture: Thinkstock Image Library.

02 October 2013

Nearly a fifth of Thanet’s mums are smoking during pregnancy, a figure significantly higher than the national average.

Group offers country walks and friendship

29 September 2013

A group of people have found an active way to make friends – by going on weekly strolls together.

Heartache as mum and daughter both diagnosed with rare incurable disease

Leanne Bell and her five-year-old daughter Alicia

28 September 2013

A young mum has spoken of her heartbreak after both her and her five-year-old daughter were diagnosed with the same rare, incurable disease.

Plea to trace colleagues of former Navy worker

Oslo Schive

27 September 2013

The widow of a former Merchant Navy worker who died of an asbestos-related disease is trying to trace his former colleagues.

Girl 'bitten by UK's most venomous spider'

A spider believed to be a false widow found at the home of Lorna Baker-Brown

26 September 2013

A seven-year-old girl has been bitten by what her mother believes was a false widow spider - Britain's most venomous and on the increase.

Turnstile trauma inspires Lorraine's weight loss

 Lorraine before she lost her weight

26 September 2013

Lorraine Gilling, who once tipped the scales at 21 stone, is now half the woman she was after suffering the humiliation of getting stuck in turnstiles

Hospital closes after flooding

Edenbridge Hospital

24 September 2013

Patients are being turned away from a hospital today after a flood took down its phones and computers.

'I thought I was losing my little girl'

The trust runs the Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham

21 September 2013

A father's warned others after a 12-year-old schoolgirl ended up in hospital after being given a pill by a friend.

Overcoming youngster's eczema problems

Lola Clackett when her eczema was at its worst

21 September 2013

This last seven days have seen people up and down the country mark National Eczema Day.

Wife’s dying wish is to renew wedding vows

Peter and Carol Sewell are to renew their wedding vows on their 25th anniversary

20 September 2013

A terminally ill mum is to renew her wedding vows as an everlasting gift to her husband.

Woman's tragic death after 10-year eating disorder battle

Grace Large with her nephew Jude

20 September 2013

The family of a young woman who died after a decade trying to get the "perfect" body believe her battle with anorexia and bulimia weakened her heart.

Tragic cyclist's heart saves a life

Daniel Squire

19 September 2013

The family of a cyclist killed in an accident with a van have revealed their decision to donate his organs - and his heart has already saved a life.

Failing Medway hospital to be 'buddied' with crack health team

The trust runs the Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham

19 September 2013

Medway Hospital is one of 11 in the country to be 'buddied' up with top health teams... after a catalogue of failings was highlighted.

NHS hotline launches... months late

The scam caller is targeting residents and workers in the Ashford area. Picture: Getty Images/Pixland/Thinkstock

17 September 2013

A new chaos-hit NHS phone number officially takes over from an out-of-hours health hotline today... around six months late.

Off: Medway and Darent Valley hospital merger abandoned

Former Medway NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Mark Devlin

16 September 2013

A huge merger of Medway and Darent Valley hospital trusts has been called off.

Hospital staff threaten to quit over parking charges

13 September 2013

Members of staff at Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital say they are considering leaving their jobs over huge increases in the cost of parking at work.

Ambulance crew gets lost for two hours carrying stroke victim

Doris Reeder suffered a two-hour ambulance journey

12 September 2013

A 94-year-old stroke victim spent two hours in the back of an ambulance for what should have been a nine-mile trip – because the crew got lost.

Portable defibrillators will help to save people’s lives

11 September 2013

People who suffer a heart attack in Dover town centre may have a better chance of survival now that vital equipment has been installed.

Kent hospitals handed £10m to cope with winter emergencies

Medway Maritime Hospital. Library image

11 September 2013

Two Kent hospitals have been given a multi-million pounds cash lifeline amid fears they would struggle to cope with winter emergencies.

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