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Long delays reported at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals' A&E

An NHS Trust has warned patients to expect delays after an unusually high demand for emergency treatment.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust said there is high demand for A&E services at its two sites.

A spokesman said: "We are aware that a large number of our patients have experienced long delays to be seen and we do apologise for this.

Maidstone Hospital. Picture: Matthew Walker
Maidstone Hospital. Picture: Matthew Walker

"We would like to reassure you that staff are doing everything they can to ensure that patients and their families are treated and cared for safely and effectively."

The trust added there was no clear reason behind the rise in numbers, but suggested the cold weather could be to blame. It added this is a situation faced by most NHS Trusts during the winter months.

At 4pm there were five patients waiting to be seen at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital and 15 at the Maidstone site.

It added some patients may have to be transferred between Maidstone Hospital in Hermitage Lane and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Tonbridge Road, Pembury.

Anyone with concerns about care or treatment should contact the patient advice and liaison team on 01622 224960.

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