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Things to keep you healthy this year

Take a walk. Picture: Explore Kent

12 January 2018

What better way to start 2018 than by eating healthier and getting more active to stay in shape?

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Problems at GP surgeries blamed on IT crash

The Park Surgery in Herne Bay

12 January 2018

Patients have complained of waits of more than an hour over the phone and delayed appointments.

Family's appeal after cancelled operation

Vinnie Marshall is still waiting for an operation to help him regain the use of his arm after a crash in 2016

12 January 2018

Biker Vinnie Marshall could face amputation after the NHS cancelled an operation to restore movement in his arm.

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Patients kept waiting four hours

Thousands of A&E patients in Kent had to wait more than four hours to be seen. Picture: Thinkstock Image Library

11 January 2018

A Kent NHS trust was one of the worst-performing health bodies in the country during December, it has emerged.

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Starving woman 'could have had more help'

More could have been done to make professionals aware of a condition which caused a woman to neglect herself. Picture: Getty

10 January 2018

A malnourished woman who lived in a cold home with no working toilet and evidence of "extreme hoarding" was let down by the authorities.

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'Blood donors saved my son'

Oakley Orange with mum Lorraine

10 January 2018

A mum is urging people to sign up to give blood as the latest figures show the NHS needs around 200,000 new donors a year to maintain supplies.

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Hospital forced to close

Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital

09 January 2018

A hospital had to be "shut down" for two hours while police dealt with an incident.

Energy drink sale restrictions

08 January 2018

One of the biggest supermarkets in the country is to stop selling high-caffeine drinks to children aged under 16.

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Lib Dem leader wades in on ambulance admission row

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable say the crisis is worsening

08 January 2018

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable says the issue over patients waiting in ambulances for admission to hospitals in Kent is worsening.

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Mum unable to hug children due to pain

Kelly Wood, with children Anya and Mason

08 January 2018

A mother says complications from her breast implants have left her in so much pain she is unable to hug her three children.

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Gas leak repairs expected to last through weekend

The Tesco roundabout on the Thanet Way, near where repair works are being carried out

05 January 2018

Strong smell of gas continues to waft across residential area - including a secondary school - as engineers seek to fix problem.

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Patients stuck in corridors as A&E crisis deepens

Footage shows patients stuck in beds in the hospital corridors.

05 January 2018

Video footage has laid bare the scale of the winter crisis in hospitals as patients are left waiting in ambulances and stuck on beds in corridors.

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Seriously injured woman, 85, left on street for four hours

SECAmb says it is working hard to improve response times

05 January 2018

A pensioner was forced to endure a four-hour wait for an ambulance after falling and breaking her pelvis.

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VIDEO: Terrifying near head-on crash

A dashcam captured the terrifying moment

04 January 2018

A van has been captured on dashcam footage hurtling towards a car on the wrong side of a busy road.

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Ambulance crisis at A&E

stock photo

04 January 2018

A third of people were left waiting in ambulances for more than half an hour outside A&E units in Kent last week.

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Operations cancelled as hospital reaches capacity

Medway Maritime Hospital. Library image

03 January 2018

Trusts across the county are being told to delay non-emergency care to help cope with winter pressures - as one hospital declares itself 'full'.

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Government accused of running NHS into the ground by Thanet politician

Karen Constantine, Labour councillor, Mewington ward, Thanet

03 January 2018

Hundreds of operations planned at Kent hospitals are to be cancelled as the NHS grapples with winter crisis

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Burger recalled over infection concerns

Sainsbury's has announced a restructure which will affect "thousands" of jobs. Picture: Gary Browne

02 January 2018

A superstore is recalling a burger over concerns it could be infected with a a bacteria which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Kent hospitals on highest state of alert

Medway Maritime Hospital. Library image

02 January 2018

Some Kent hospitals are on the highest level of alert - with pressure escalating and an "increased possibility of patient care being compromised".

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Postcode lottery for diabetics

Freestyle Libre Sensors were added to the NHS drug tariff on November 1

01 January 2018

Diabetics say a “postcode lottery” is preventing them from receiving hi-tech glucose monitoring equipment on the NHS.

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