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Three areas have given 70% of people the first dose

07 May 2021
Three areas have given 70% of people the first dose

Covid-19 cases and vaccinations took a slight dip this week as under-40s are offered an alternative vaccine following blood clot fears.

Two Kent hospitals' emergency departments still 'require improvements'

07 May 2021
Two Kent hospitals' emergency departments still 'require improvements'

While some improvements have been made, the CQC says two health facilities need to do more.

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Dad left disabled after A&E staff fail to X-ray broken hip

06 May 2021
Dad left disabled after A&E staff fail to X-ray broken hip

A former labourer has been compensated with £80,000 from a health trust after medics failed to X-ray his fractured hip after a 15ft fall.

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New blood-test booking system introduced at hospital

06 May 2021
New blood-test booking system introduced at hospital

Health bosses are introducing a book-only system for blood tests at a hospital after complaints patients had to queue outside in the cold and wet.

Boy rushed to ICU with rare Covid-linked condition

06 May 2021
Boy rushed to ICU with rare Covid-linked condition

A worried mum has urged parents not to get complacent after her five-year-old son was admitted to hospital with a rare illness caused by Covid-19.

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Inspectors return to under-pressure hospital

06 May 2021
Inspectors return to under-pressure hospital

Care Quality Commission inspectors have returned to a hospital just as its new chief executive begins work there.

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The two Kent districts with no Covid deaths since February

03 May 2021
The two Kent districts with no Covid deaths since February

New figures show the number of people dying with Covid in Kent has fallen by more than 80% in a month.

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Care home training nurses from India to fill vacancies

03 May 2021
Care home training nurses from India to fill vacancies

A care firm has taken on 24 registered nurses from its Indian training centre in Kerala to work across all its homes to beat UK staff shortages.

Heavy police presence following incident

01 May 2021
Heavy police presence following incident

The air ambulance was called after a man was seriously injured at a block of flats.

Covid patient passes 100 days in intensive care

30 April 2021
Covid patient passes 100 days in intensive care

A seriously-ill Covid patient has reached the unenviable milestone of spending 100 days in intensive care – more than half of them in an induced coma.

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Mum loses heartbreaking battle to keep daughter alive

30 April 2021
Mum loses heartbreaking battle to keep daughter alive

A judge has told a mum that doctors will be allowed to switch-off her brain-damaged daughter's life-support machine in hospital.

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Mum's battle for Covid jab after medical bungle

30 April 2021
Mum's battle for Covid jab after medical bungle

A mum of two discovered she could not get her Covid jab because another patient had used her NHS number 150 miles away.

Relief as surgery stays open after closure threat

29 April 2021
Relief as surgery stays open after closure threat

Patients are pleased to hear a doctor's surgery that was facing an uncertain future will definitely remain open.

'50,000 jabs is amazing but we're ready and must do more'

29 April 2021
'50,000 jabs is amazing but we're ready and must do more'

A leading GP has issued advice for younger people worried about the risks of a Covid vaccine and stressed the importance of everyone getting a jab.

Towns' 'phenomenal effort' on jabs gets Downing Street mention

28 April 2021
Towns' 'phenomenal effort' on jabs gets Downing Street mention

The vaccination programme in Medway received special praise from a top medic at today's Downing Street briefing after delivering 50,000 jabs.

‘So many could have fallen through gaps’

27 April 2021
‘So many could have fallen through gaps’

A charity that has been supporting the older community for many years has continued doing so throughout the pandemic.

Covid-hit hospitals trust improves after hygiene issues

23 April 2021
Covid-hit hospitals trust improves after hygiene issues

A hospitals trust found to have had a series of infection control issues during the pandemic has made "very positive" improvements, inspectors say.

Husband's heartbreaking plea to wife

21 April 2021
Husband's heartbreaking plea to wife

A dad who has survived heart attacks, organ failure and has had his legs amputated, has made a tragic plea to his wife to let him come home to die.

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Bus driver shedding 5st after 'terrifying' Covid battle

21 April 2021
Bus driver shedding 5st after 'terrifying' Covid battle

A dad-of-six who nearly died during a 'terrifying' battle with Covid-19 is hoping to raise thousands for the hospital where medics saved his life.

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Time to test yourself for Covid

21 April 2021
Time to test yourself for Covid

KCC is closing a number of symptom-free Covid testing centres across the county as self-test kits become available.

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