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Care Quality Inspection to host meetings at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium and TN2 Community Centre before hospital inspections

England’s chief hospital inspector wants to know your thoughts on services provided by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Concerns raised will be used to help inspectors decide what to look at when they next inspect Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital this month.

Two meetings have been scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 9.

Maidstone Hospital in Hermitage Lane
Maidstone Hospital in Hermitage Lane

The first will take place at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium, in James Whatman Way, at 1.30pm.

The second will take place at TN2 Community Centre, in Tunbridge Wells’ Showfield Road, at 6.30pm.

Inspection teams will start their visits on Tuesday, October 14 and will look in detail at eight key service areas.

Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Tunbridge Wells Hospital

These are: A&E, medical care, surgery, intensive/ critical care, maternity, paediatrics/ children’s care, end of life care and outpatients.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC’s chief hospital inspector, said: “The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospitals, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.

Prof Sir Mike Richards, England’s chief inspector of hospitals
Prof Sir Mike Richards, England’s chief inspector of hospitals

“We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

“It is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have experienced the care provided by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust over the course of the last year or so, or anyone who wants to share information with us.

"This will help us plan our inspections, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

“This is your opportunity to tell my team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the Maidstone area.”

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