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Island wins £355,000 to tackle obesity epidemic

Sheppey people are piling on the pounds. Photo: iStock.com

22 August 2017

Cash launched to fight the flab as shock figures reveal more than one-in-three adults are obese.


Hospital defends decision to ban smoking

65% of smokers in Kent who attended drop-in sessions managed to stop smoking

22 August 2017

While many have come out in support of the new rules, others have backed people’s right to smoke and vape.


Kent's radical health shake-up delayed

The consultation has been delayed until next year. Picture: Thinkstock Image Library

21 August 2017

Plans to consult on a far-reaching revamp of health services in the county will now not go ahead until next year, it's been revealed.

Hospital showing signs of recovery

Fawkham Manor Hospital is showing signs of improvement

20 August 2017

Five months after being deemed inadequate progress is being made, but there's still a long way to go.

Mum's coma after tanning sessions

Marks on Caroline Wood’s back were found as she was treated in hospital

18 August 2017

A warning has been issued after a woman collapsed having gone to a tanning studio twice in two days.


Firm loses contract over failings in health care

Iwade Health Centre.

16 August 2017

The private company that runs a Kent health centre will leave next month after the practice was placed in special measures.

Safety fears grow for missing man

Stephen McGowan

15 August 2017

Fears are growing for the welfare of a 57-year-old man reported missing from a holiday park.


Walk-in clinics for mums safe... for now

Siân Jowett and her youngest daughter Marcy

14 August 2017

A proposal, which would have had a huge impact on breastfeeding services in the county, has been temporarily withdrawn.

Brave cancer mum's battle hits 'bump in road'

Samantha Ross with daughters, Caitlin aged eleven, Georgia aged eight, Sam and son Ben, 17

14 August 2017

A mum-of-four battling cancer can no longer travel abroad for life-extending treatment after becoming paralysed.


Pies recalled amid glass concerns

The savory treats have been taken off supermarket shelves across Kent

11 August 2017

Supermarkets across Kent are pulling pasties and pies off their shelves amid concerns some might contain glass.


Hospital acts as report criticises dementia care

Stock picture. Pic: Think Stock

11 August 2017

People with dementia are not receiving the best care possible in hospital, audit finds.

Hospital bans smoking - and vaping

Stock picture. Picture: Grant Falvey

10 August 2017

A Kent hospital has banned staff, patients and visitors from smoking within the grounds - and that includes vapers too.


Public backing for combined hospital and GP proposals

A doctor at work. Stock picture.

10 August 2017

A new combined hospital and GP surgery has moved a step closer after a CCG decided to progress with plans following the back of the public.

Health centre placed in special measures

Iwade Health Centre, Monins Road, Iwade.

10 August 2017

The health watchdog has placed urgent conditions on a Kent health centre to ensure the safety of its patients.


'Baby box' scheme to cut cot deaths

From left, mum Audrey Antione-Hart with baby Luisa-Rose, midwife Emily Steward, and mum Leigh Taylor Baby Dasie Freeman

09 August 2017

Specialist kits are being handed out to parents of newborns in parts of Kent as part of an initiative to lower infant mortality rates.


Swimming pool closed

Closed again: Sheerness swimming pool

09 August 2017

Swimmers have been left in the lurch after a pool has been closed by a power cut for the second time within a month.

‘Navigators’ showing way to improve patient care

Telma da Silva, chief executive Susan Acott, and Beatriz Lopes. Picture: Darent Valley Hospital

07 August 2017

Two women who helped improve care for frail patients have been honoured by the health trust they work for.


Hospital care centre plan ‘to cut pressure on A&E’

Balmoral Gardens Healthy Living Centre, Gillingham

07 August 2017

A hospital could soon open a new urgent care centre in a bid to simplify services for patients.


Appeal to make dying girl's dreams come true

Seven-year-old Olivia Maloney

05 August 2017

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help make the final days of a seven-year-old child with cancer her happiest.


Petrol cars ban will do ‘nothing’ for north Kent

Delays at the Dartford Crossing. Stock image

04 August 2017

Only electric models will be permitted for purchase from 2040, but local campaigners and councillors are sceptical.

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