Information for patients
We want to do everything we can to make your hospital stay as easy and pleasant as possible. If you have any questions about your hospital stay that are not answered on this website, please do not hesitate to telephone or e-mail us.
Your inpatient stay
We want to do all we can to help you feel yourself again. Take a look at what to expect from your stay in hospital.
Staying in bed means you can quickly lose your strength and independence. If you get up and dressed as soon as you can while you are in hospital, you will recover faster. So bringing your day clothes into hospital with you is one way you can prepare for your hospital stay.
Help us protect patients' privacy
We ask all patients and visitors to respect our patients' privacy. Taking photographs of or filming patients is not permitted without the written permission of the Trust.
At East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust we want to take as much care of our visitors as we do of our patients.
If you are visiting a friend or relative at one of our hospitals for the first time:
- make sure you know the formal name of the person you are visiting
- find out which ward they are on from their nearest relative, or ask the hospital's main reception
- find out what times the ward is open to visitors see our list of wards and their visiting hours
East Kent Hospitals is a smoke-free Trust. This means that for the good of the health of our patients, visitors and staff, smoking is not allowed in the hospital grounds or buildings.
Find out more in our 'help for visitors' section
Major breakthrough in NHS transparency
NHS England is committed to making more information available about how services and professionals are performing. The aim is to drive up the quality of care and to help people choose the treatment that suits them best.
The data – covering around 3,500 consultants – can be found on the NHS Choices website and covers a range of operations and procedures.