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Private ambulance patients late to appointments

G4S patient transport services

07 March 2018

The contractor that runs Kent's non-emergency ambulance service says it aims to improve after almost a third of patients were late for appointments.


Deadly palm oil washed up on beach

A block of palm oil deadly to dogs washed up on Leysdown beach on the Isle of Sheppey. Picture: Sheppey Coastguards

06 March 2018

Coastguards have warned dog-owners to be on their guard after deadly palm oil has been found washed up on a Kent beach.

Health chiefs face £7.3m black hole

The clinical commissioning group faces a shortfall of millions. Picture: Getty Images/Hemera

05 March 2018

Patient care won't be affected despite a huge £7.3m deficit for GP services, a health group has claimed.


Uber-style GP appointments

Cobtree Medical Practice staff. From left, Jean Schofield, Jackie Gillard, Mandy Goodsell, Dr Sara Butler-Gallie, Dr Michael Heber, Jane Fagg, Linda Oliver and Christine Schofield

05 March 2018

A doctor's surgery is offering 15-minute face-to-face consultations through an online service.


Medical practice dubbed 'inadequate'

St Stephen's medical centre in Ashford

04 March 2018

A clinic has been rated inadequate after inspectors raised concerns about the practice's safety and effectiveness.


Father and son told to find new GP after 50 years

Robert and Peter Payne have been told to find a new surgery

03 March 2018

Two members of a family say they are being forced out of the doctor’s surgery they have used for more than half a century.


Last-minute donation saves teenager's life

Jayden Powell, pictured recovering from surgery in January

02 March 2018

Experts feared a 17-year-old only had days left to live until a donation allowed him to start specialist treatment abroad.


Health services affected by snow

Sheppey Community Hospital

28 February 2018

Bad weather forced a minor injuries unit to close today and also affected several health clinics.

Operations cancelled due to snow

Snow at the hospital. Credit: Medway NHS Foundation Trust

27 February 2018

A hospital trust has cancelled non-urgent, planned operations to focus on emergency procedures.

Vaccine report set for consultation two years on from tot's death

Faye Burdett died from meningitis

27 February 2018

A long-awaited vaccine cost effectiveness report is set to be put out to consultation more than two years on from the devastating death of a toddler.

Brain damaged girl awarded £3 million

Medway Maritime Hospital

27 February 2018

The NHS has agreed a payout with relatives of a girl left needing 24-hour care as a result of alleged negligence at a Kent hospital.


'Save our stroke services'

The march was organised by SONIK

26 February 2018

Hundreds of health campaigners came together for a protest march in a bid to stop the removal of a hospital's stroke service.

Fairytale wedding is mum's final wish

Asher Arnold and Trevor Seager

25 February 2018

The family of a mother given just six months to live are hoping to give her a dream wedding.


'Thank you for saving our son'

Sarah and Emma Burdett with Grayson

24 February 2018

The parents of a baby born with two holes in his heart are raising money for the hospital that saved his life.

Teacher contracts life-threatening infection

Meningitis can be deadly and can lead to permanent disabilities such as brain damage. Stock photo

23 February 2018

Officials at a Kent school have confirmed a member of staff is being treated in hospital for a "serious condition".


Stroke victim's son's plea to save service

Jason Tipple

23 February 2018

The son of a stroke victim is calling on people across Kent to fight to keep the stroke unit open at Margate's QEQM.

'No apology' after hospital ward death

Harold Wonfor

22 February 2018

Family of a man who died in hospital only found out their grandfather had suffered a fall on the ward eight months after his death.


NHS consultations 'are a sham'

Health campaigners say the NHS consultations are "a sham"

21 February 2018

Campaigners have claimed consultations being carried out over the future of the NHS in Kent and Medway are "undemocratic and a sham".


Save a life with new defibrillator

Cllr Paul Graeme and first responder Zella Nerssessian with the defibrillator

20 February 2018

A taxi office is the temporary home for a new lifesaving device.


Have your say on stroke services

Stroke consultation poster

20 February 2018

Kent and Medway's six hospital stroke units are to be turned into three "super stroke" centres of excellence. But where will they be?

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