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Options for hospital and local care services

Options for hospital and local care services

You’re invited to public events to explore potential options
for changes to hospital and local care services

We are writing to invite you to give your views on potential options to improve hospital and local care services across east Kent. Please join us at one of eight public events between 30 October and 20 November. 

The NHS and social care partners in east Kent want to improve services for local people. We want people to get as much care and support as possible from their GP practice and local health and care teams. And we want to make sure they can get the best, most effective, hospital care if they need it.

This is the next step in conversations we’ve been having with staff, patients and the public over recent years about why change is needed and how services could be improved.

Some changes are already happening, for example, it is now possible to pre-book evening and weekend appointments with GPs, nurses or other health professionals wherever you live in east Kent; we are joining up care for people with the most complex conditions and helping them to stay well and independent at home; and we are starting to hold more outpatient clinics in local communities.

You’ve told us you want to hear more about these changes and we will be doing just that, as well as getting your views on what more we could do to care for you closer to home.

Some of you will remember that two potential options to improve hospital care in east Kent were published last November. These public events will update you on the two options and gather your feedback to help shape the final proposals. Dates, times and venues of all eight meetings are listed below.

At the meetings we will explain:

  • the benefits change could bring
  • how services outside hospitals are developing to maximise the care people get locally
  • how the two options for hospital services might affect people across east Kent
  • the next steps towards public consultation.

These informal meetings with local communities ahead of any formal consultation next year are a chance for local people and organisations representing patients to hear more about our work so far and to help us understand the potential impact of the options we are looking at.

We want to continue to gather a range of insights on the latest phase of our work. These views will be considered by the joint committee of east Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), before it decides whether both options for changes to hospital services go forward for public consultation.

Please share this information with colleagues and within any wider networks you have. You can register for the events online at If you cannot register online, please contact us by email or call 01622 211940 to reserve a place.

If you cannot make it to the events, more information about the proposals will be added to the CCG websites and shortly and an online survey will be open from mid-October.



Register online 

Tuesday 30 October: Canterbury and Coastal
Institute Hall, Herne Street, Herne CT6 7HE  
6.15 to 9.15pm (registration from 6pm)
Wednesday 31 October: Ashford
Club Room, Elwick Club, Church Road, Ashford TN23 1RD
9.45am to 12.45pm (registration from 9.30am)
Tuesday 6 November: South Kent Coast
Upper Suite, Sports Pavilion, South Road, Hythe CT21 6AR
6.30 to 9.30pm (registration from 6.15pm)
Wednesday 7 November: Canterbury and Coastal
County Room, The Abode, 30 - 33 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RX
9.45am to 12.45pm (registration from 9.30am)
Tuesday 13 November: Thanet
Ravenscliffe Suite, Pegwell Bay Hotel, 81 Pegwell Road, Ramsgate CT11 0NJ
6.30 to 9.30pm (registration from 6.15pm)
Thursday 15 November: South Kent Coast
Grand Marquee, Ramada Hotel, Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EL
9.45am to 12.45pm (registration from 9.30am)
Thursday 15 November: Ashford
Holiday Inn (Central), Canterbury Road, Kennington, Ashford TN24 8QQ
6.30 to 9.30pm (registration from 6.15pm)
Tuesday 20 November: Thanet
The Lido, Ethelbert Terrace, Margate CT9 1RX  
10am to 1pm (registration from 9.45am)

The content at each event will be fundamentally the same, although discussions will focus on the potential impact of the options on people in the area where the event is being held.