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Shocked mum finds staples in snack

Belinda found at least eight staples in the Mini Cheddars (image: Belinda Simpson)

31 January 2018

A woman was left with a mouth full of sharp pieces of metal, after eating a packet of Mini Cheddars.

Woman suing hospital for £200,000

Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital, Margate

31 January 2018

A former patient claims she is now almost blind because staff at a Kent hospital failed to provide her with regular eye checks during a stay.

Vulnerable boy sent 300 miles from home

Stock image

30 January 2018

A teenager at risk of harm has been sent to Scotland for treatment because of a shortage of local facilities, says a judge.

More patients face losing their GP surgery

Stock picture of GP in a surgery with patient

30 January 2018

A surgery with 2,732 patients on its books could face closure, leaving patients having to potentially travel five miles for healthcare.


Protest over stroke services row

QEQM could lose it stroke services

30 January 2018

A demonstration is to be held outside a hospital after it was revealed that it may lose its stroke services in controversial plans.


'Poor' response to NHS deal with Calais hospital

The Calais hospital

27 January 2018

Health campaigners say patients should be treated in British hospitals despite NHS bosses signing a deal with French counterparts.


Hospital's failings uncovered during urgent inspection

Cygnet Hospital was the subject of a number of inspections.

26 January 2018

A damning report has been published after an inspection found police were called to a hospital unnecessarily and safeguarding concerns were not invest

Are you struggling with 'Dry January'?

Is dry January having an effect on you?

26 January 2018

Being sober for a month can be a bit of a challenge for some of us but we have some tips to get you through the final few days.


Patients bypassing NHS give private hospital first profit

KIMS Hospital chief executive Simon James in one of the operating rooms

25 January 2018

A private hospital made its first monthly profit since launching four years ago as growing numbers of patients bypassed the NHS and paid for treatment

Are free schools meals worth it?

Tens of thousands of children in Kent could miss out on free school meals, a charity has warned

24 January 2018

It has yet to be proved if free school meals are benefitting the health or education of pupils, according to a report.


Operations being halted at last minute

The number of cancelled operations grew in 2016-17, compared to 2015-16. Stock picture

24 January 2018

More than 1,700 patients have been told not to come in for planned surgery at short notice, according to the latest figures.


Charity director leaving after five years in role

Rachel Holweger is leaving Kent charity Ellenor

24 January 2018

Rachel Holweger is leaving her role as director of income generation at ellenor hospice charity.

US presidential candidate's brother to speak at event

Larry Sanders. Pic: Zak Bond

23 January 2018

The brother of a US presidential candidate will speak in an emergency conference on the NHS.


Family restaurant given damning hygiene rating

Brewers Fayre

22 January 2018

A Brewers Fayre restaurant has been told it requires major improvement after receiving a low food hygiene rating.


One in four women missing life-saving test

More young women in Kent and Medway are skipping their smear tests. Picture: istock

22 January 2018

A campaign is underway to encourage women in Kent to protect themselves against cervical cancer.


Mum saves poorly son's life

Cody Steward has been in hospital since just before Christmas

20 January 2018

A nine-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after his mum performed CPR when he suffered lung problems.


Leading charity says stroke units will make treatment 'smoother'

The William Harvey Hospital in Ashford

19 January 2018

Health bosses revealed plans to open three hyper acute stroke units in Kent this morning which have been supported by the Stroke Association.

£40 million investment to create three stroke units across Kent

A doctor at work. Stock picture.

19 January 2018

Three hyper acute stroke units will be opened across the county to get patients to the best care faster.


Couple tie the knot in ceremony at hospital

Anne and Paul got married at Medway Hospital. Picture: Adam Walton.

19 January 2018

A man has married his sweetheart of 37 years in a poignant ceremony in hospital, just days after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.


MRSA outbreak at hospital

Darent Valley Hospital has confirmed the outbreak. iStock image.

18 January 2018

Seven cases of the deadly infection MRSA have been confirmed on a ward of a Kent hospital.

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