Why we need to make changes
Health Education England – the organisation that oversees the quality of junior doctor training in hospitals – has asked us to move some junior doctors from the K&C to our other two hospitals at Ashford and Margate. This is because there are not enough permanent consultants at the K&C to give these junior doctors adequate training and supervision.
This means we have to make some temporary changes to how we provide some services at K&C, because it would not be safe to run these services as we do now without these junior doctors. Read more here
What this means for patients
The changes mean patients needing emergency medical care who would usually be brought to Canterbury, will be taken directly by ambulance to our hospitals in Margate or Ashford instead, whichever is closer, for initial assessment. If they need to be admitted, patients will continue to be treated at these hospitals while they are very unwell.
This is because patients’ safety and recovery is our utmost priority. We need patients to be seen in the place they will get the most appropriate treatment which means, for the moment, being treated at Ashford and Margate for the initial stages of their care.
Once local patients are well enough, if they need to remain in hospital to continue their recovery and rehabilitation, they will be able to move to the K&C to be closer to home.
More than 120 people currently attend the Urgent Care Centre every day. Under the temporary changes, approximately 35 people who attend by ambulance will be taken to the Emergency Departments and Ashford and Margate. The Centre's minor injuries and illnesses service will still be open 24/7.
Find out more about the minor injuries service.
These changes do not affect other services at the K&C. For example, surgical services, chemotherapy services, renal, vascular and urology services, as well as all outpatient clinics, are not affected. Around 900 patients use the hospital every day, this temporary change affects around 50 people.
When the changes will take place
We made changes to inpatient stroke services on 10 April 2017 - read the original announcement here. We are working to a date of 19 June 2017 for the other changes to emergency medical care. We are working closely with the ambulance service and other parts of the NHS and social care to prepare for this and ensure everything is in place before we make any changes.
Please be reassured that hospital services are safe and the temporary changes are only being introduced so we can continue to provide these services safely.
For more background information read our FAQs here
Frequently asked questions about the temporary changes to stroke services
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