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Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS), the £95m state-of-the-art hospital near Maidstone is helping to transform acute and specialist health provision in the county, after it officially welcomed its first patients in May 2014.

As Kent’s only tertiary care centre, KIMS provides high quality complex procedures and acute car​e in areas such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, complex orthopaedics and surgical oncology. GE Healthcare, which provided all the equipment at the hospital, from single surgical instruments to diagnostic imaging technology, has worked in partnership with KIMS since 2006.

As an independent, patient-focused, clinician-led hospital, KIMS is a first for Kent, enabling local patients to avoid lengthy journeys to London as the new hospital has one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK. It is the first and only institute in the county to carry out open-heart surgery.

The institute has more than 70 dedicated inpatient beds, including seven chemotherapy rooms, plus a further 20 beds for day care patients and seven intensive therapy units and high dependency beds.

Thanks to the clinical expertise of the hospital’s consultants – and another first for Kent – KIMS will also make it possible for local neurosurgery patients to have their treatments carried out locally with the opening of the specialist department.

Some 180 consultants have practicing privileges and to date more than 100 of them have started working at the hospital. KIMS will offer private healthcare services, as well as services to the NHS by agreement with local hospital trusts and NHS commissioning bodies, for patients across Kent, as well as East Sussex and south east London.

Phase 1 of KIMS has generated approximately 180 whole/full time equivalent jobs. These include clinical professionals of all disciplines, hospitality personnel, porters, security and reception, building and grounds maintenance, IT technicians, administration, financial and procurement specialists.

Going forward, KIMS has plans to develop two further phases that may include bespoke facilities for rehabilitation and oncology services, with future development over the next 10 years.

www.kims.org.uk

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