Royal visit sees KIMS officially opened
Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS), the £95m state-of-the-art hospital which will transform acute and specialist health provision in the county, has been officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, during a visit to Maidstone.
The royal visit, on Wednesday 2 April, saw the independent, patient-focused, clinician-led hospital toured by the royal party, civic dignitaries and the team responsible for the making it all possible.
When it opens to patients in April, KIMS will offer 74 dedicated inpatient beds, including seven chemotherapy rooms, plus a further 20 day care beds, seven intensive therapy units beds and high dependency beds.
In a first for Kent, local patients will be able to avoid lengthy journeys to London for care as the new hospital will have one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK, and be the first and only institute in the county to carry out open-heart surgery.
Thanks to the clinical expertise of the hospital’s consultants, and in 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.
KIMS is the first - and only - tertiary care centre in Kent, providing high quality complex procedures and acute care in areas such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, complex orthopaedics and surgical oncology.
Through the work of more than 300 clinical staff, 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
Dr Chris Thom, KIMS’ Medical Director, added: “Today is a day for thank yous. Kent now has a hospital unlike any other thanks to the involvement of over 300 consultants, its management team, the innovation and medical technologies delivered by GE Healthcare.
“A big thank you must also go to DHA Planning, David Morley Architects and Vinci Construction, as well as to our local authority, Maidstone Borough Council, for their tireless support and hard work.”