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Changes at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

User AvatarPosted by Daniel Harper at 26/06/2017 11:20:16

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) has now made temporary changes to some services at Kent and Canterbury Hospital (K&C).

This will affect people who require emergency medical care for conditions like heart attack, stroke and pneumonia.  

This will not affect patients who have a planned operation or appointment at K&C, these changes will not affect them and they will be seen and treated as usual.

  • Minor injuries and minor illnesses services remain open as usual. 
  • K&C will continue to provide many services. 

 These include:

  • all outpatient clinics
  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • renal
  • vascular
  • urology. 

The changes only affect people who require urgent medical care for conditions like heart attack, stroke and pneumonia. The Trust has already moved hyper acute stroke services, this happened on 10 April 2017.

Business as usual

  • Patients who have a planned operation or outpatient appointment, having an x-ray, blood test or therapy session at K&C, will not be affected and will be seen and treated at K&C as usual.
  • The remaining stroke services will be unchanged at the K&C, including outpatient appointments and rehabilitation services. The hospital’s stroke ward is remaining open and will continue to care for patients recovering from a stroke.
  • This situation is an illustration of why, in the longer-term, we need to move to a more sustainable way of providing hospital care which includes making the best use of our three existing hospital sites, as set out in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) published in October 2016.