Specialised vascular services public consultation

During February and March 2022, NHS England South East region and NHS Kent and Medway CCG asked patients and the public for their views on medium-term proposals for specialised vascular services in east Kent, Medway and the Maidstone catchment of west Kent.

About vascular services

Vascular services reconstruct, unblock or bypass arteries and are often one-off specialist procedures to reduce the risk of sudden death or amputation and prevent stroke.

Currently, specialised vascular services in east Kent, Medway and the Maidstone catchment of West Kent are delivered from two surgical centres – Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham and the Kent and Canterbury Hospital at Canterbury. 

The proposals

The proposals would result in all specialised vascular surgery that requires an overnight hospital stay being transferred from Medway Maritime Hospital to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, which would potentially affect up to 265 patients a year.

Consultation report

This consultation, which was run by NHS England specialised commissioning and NHS Kent and Medway CCG (working with Healthwatch and the acute trusts in east Kent, Medway and Maidstone) ran up to 15 March 2022. 

Here is the consultation report on the future of vascular services in Kent and Medway and its appendices.

The report will be considered by the Kent and Medway Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on April 26, you will find the papers here.

NHS England and NHS Improvement will use the findings from the consultation to inform a Decision Making Business Case during the summer of 2022.

Reasons for the recommendations

There are three main reasons for the recommended medium-term change to services that was set out as part of the consultation. The move will:

- Ensure the best outcomes and chances of survival for patients based on national best practice agreed by experts.

- Ensure we have more specialists available 24/7 with the right specialist skills, equipment and infrastructure.

- Meet national standards for vascular surgery.

Consultation documentation

For a record of the public consultation and the supporting documentaion please visit the NHS England consultation website 

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