The information below has been circulated as an e-bulletin to stakeholders in east Kent. If you would like to be added to the direct mailing list please contact info.eastkent@nhs.net

East Kent NHS listening events

Thank you to everyone who has attended our latest round of listening events. We have had a great turn out and discussion at all the events so far.

If you missed them, you can view the presentation on our website, www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/eastkent and listen to audio recordings of all the events here.

You can also understand more about our reasons for change and what our ambition is, by watching this short film.

Additional listening events

In response to feedback, we are adding two more events on our east Kent borders in Faversham and Tenterden. Places can be booked via http://kentandmedwaynhs.eventbrite.com/

  • Tenterden: Monday, 10 December, at London Beach Country Hotel, Ashford Road, Tenterden TN30 6HX from 6.30 to 9.30pm (registration from 6.15pm
  • Faversham: Wednesday, 12 December, at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Abbey Place, Faversham ME13 7BQ from 6.45 to 9.45pm (registration from 6.30pm).Please do not arrive earlier than 6.30pm as access to the school may be refused.

Street surveys and focus groups are also taking place across the county. There will be many more opportunities to hear about the proposals and give your views as part of a full public consultation later in 2019.

Have your say – extended deadline for online survey

If you have not been able to make it to one of our events, you can fill out our pre-consultation survey. We have extended the closing date of our online survey to midnight on Sunday, 9 December 2018. More information about the proposals can be found here. You can also write to us at info.eastkent@nhs.net.

What happens next

Engage Kent has attended all eight of our listening events and is also talking to seldom heard groups across east Kent to make sure their views are represented. They will be preparing an independent report on the listening events and the wider feedback they have gathered. A report on the survey results will also be prepared by an independent researcher.

These reports will identify key themes from our engagement work and will be part of the extensive information considered in the evaluation process. This will recommend a shortlist of options to go forward to full public consultation in 2019.

You can read more on our website about the process for finalising options, including the criteria for evaluation, and the external assurance and consultation steps which will follow.

Making progress – read our booklet

Over the last five years, we have been talking to local residents about the challenges we face, what they want from health and care services, what works well, and what needs to be fixed. Our booklet Better health and care in east Kent: you said, we did sets out some of the things we have done as a result.

Check out our website for the latest questions and answers

We have added a page of questions and answers about the east Kent proposals to our website. We will keep updating this page with further questions and responses to comments about our proposals.

We have included responses to some comments raised at the listening events, including why it is not possible for all three hospitals in east Kent to provide A&E, maternity and specialist services.

If you do have questions about the proposals, you can send them to info.eastkent@nhs.net or visit our website www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/eastkent for more information.