Full story in The HSJ, 24 November 2017
A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.
Local leaders are considering building a new hospital in Canterbury – where health services have been a key local political issue for many years and one of the main sites of the struggling East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. The new facility would supplement the ageing Kent and Canterbury Hospital, and would be part funded by a housing developer – but would still cost the local NHS several hundred million pounds.
Major changes have been anticipated for East Kent’s three major acute hospitals for some time with some services expected to be centralised at Ashford or Margate.