The NHS is here for you

Health care services in Kent and Medway during Covid-19

We understand people may be hesitant to contact their GP or healthcare professional at the moment.

We would like to assure people that the NHS is still here for you and able to support all types of health needs, although some services may need to make changes in order to keep patients safe. 

Accident and Emergency departments across Kent and Medway are still busy so patients are asked to consider alternative services for urgent care if their condition is not life-threatening. Find out more here.

See below for details of how services may have been affected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic:

Your GP

If you have a health condition or symptom that is worrying, please contact your GP. If you don't have a GP, find out how to register with one here. Your GP practice has plans in place to make sure you can be seen safely and effectively, reducing the risk of being exposed to the virus.

At first you may be offered a phone or video consultation with your doctor, but if you do need a face-to-face appointment, you will be able to be seen in a safe environment by your healthcare professional. 

We are here for you, to support the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

Cancer services remain a priority for the NHS in Kent and Medway. 

Patients should be reassured that  it is safe for you to come into hospitals for urgent tests, procedures and operations when you are given an appointment. Please attend your appointment, unless you are advised by your care provider not to. If you have symptoms of Covid-19 on the day of your appointment, please discuss this with your clinician.

Safe Access to cancer services

No need to delay or cancel your endoscopy

Maternity services at acute Trusts are continuing, however Trusts have introduced restrictions to keep patients and staff safe from Covid 19.

Please check what safety measures are in place within the individual Trusts using the links below.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham Trust



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