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Hospital standards fight reaches milestone

Joanne Fowler with Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark

16 September 2017

More than 41,000 people have backed calls by the daughter of a war veteran for a debate in parliament on the quality of palliative care.


Worst flu season in 69 years feared

Last winter, A&E at Medway Maritime struggled to cope with extreme demand. Image: Thinkstock

16 September 2017

Plans are being put in place at Kent's biggest hospital to try and prevent a repeat of winter chaos that saw some patients waiting 12 hours for a bed.


Hospital boss quits troubled health trust

Chief executive of East Kent Hospitals Matthew Kershaw

15 September 2017

The boss of a beleaguered Kent health trust has left his position two years after taking up the role.


A&E waiting times remain among country's worst

Optum is to take over contract for GP-led services in Kent and Medway. Picture: iStock.com

15 September 2017

Hospitals in east Kent have recruited extra doctors and secured £800k to expand crisis-hit A&E departments as patients face long waits for treatment.


More doctors for crisis hit A&E departments

The A&E at the William Harvey.

14 September 2017

Health chiefs have drafted in more emergency doctors as figures reveal just 62% of A&E patients are being seen within the four hour target.


Health cuts put patient services under new pressure

The group has been forced to make cutbacks. Library image

14 September 2017

Patients in parts of Kent face further delays and other restrictions as a cash-strapped health group is forced to cut services.

Joint pain treatment set for human trial

Levicept has developed a protein designed to relieve joint pain. Stock picture

14 September 2017

A biotechnology company is beginning clinical trials of a new treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain developed in Kent.

New seven-day a week health centre opens

Queen Victoria Hospital

12 September 2017

A new minor injuries unit has opened its doors to patients.


GPs tell NHS: 'We're closed'

Folkestone East Family Practice

11 September 2017

Doctors' surgeries have taken drastic steps telling the NHS they will not take any new patients as the GP crisis plunges deeper in one Kent town.

TV show highlights the vital work of cafe counsellors

Brian McInnes discusses his grief since losing his wife of 25 years

11 September 2017

A documentary showing the vital work a Kent cafe is doing to help people tackle grief will air on television tonight.


Organ donor week: Mum appeals for donors

09 September 2017

Jessica Brooks died in January, aged 18, a year after a heart transplant but her mum is still encouraging people to sign up.

One in five staff injuries at hospital result of violence

Dozens of injuries reported at two Kent hospitals were the result of violence. Stock image

09 September 2017

Dozens of reports of violence, abuse or harassment were reported at two Kent hospitals in the last year, it's been revealed.


GP practice closure 'will put patients at risk'

Folkestone East Family Practice

08 September 2017

Fears have been raised about patient safety when a doctors' surgery closes, with Labour warning of a "catastrophic failure of the local GP system".


Bring back A&E, say campaigners

Buckland Hospital - petitioners want A&E brought back

07 September 2017

A petition has been set up to return accident and emergency services to a town's hospital.


Doctors fail to spot toddler's chipped bone

Sheppey toddler Dolly-Rose Gordon was left in agony

07 September 2017

A young girl was left in agony after doctors misdiagnosed a chipped bone in her leg for a sprain and encouraged her to walk on it.


Amazing dad whose fingers were replaced with toes

A close-up of Jeremy's new hand. Picture: SWNS

06 September 2017

A man whose missing fingers have been replaced with his toes has miraculously taught himself everyday tasks - including peeling vegetables.


Dramatic rise in carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is on the rise

05 September 2017

The number of cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in children, reported to doctors at A&E, has shot up by more than 1,000%.

Dozens die waiting for transplants

Blood and transplant nurse, Marc Coe, with empty transplant boxes showing missed opportunities

04 September 2017

Statistics released today show more than 130 people have died in the last 10 years waiting for life-saving organ donations.


Pensioner walks out after choking on hospital meal

James Button claims he choked on a piece of plastic in a Maidstone Hospital meal

04 September 2017

A pensioner who said he choked on a piece of plastic on his hospital meal discharged himself.


Nappies leave baby screaming in agony

Nicola Parkes with daughter Amelia

01 September 2017

A 15-month-old girl had to be taken to hospital after a nasty rash turned into chronic blisters and became infected.

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