Plans for east Kent

In this section you’ll find information about plans to improve health and care services in east Kent. We are currently developing proposals for changes to hospital services. This work is in the pre-consultation stage with two ‘medium list’ options being developed in more detail.

Listening events update (17 October 2018)

More information is now available on the hospital services potentially affected by the proposals we will be discussing at the listening events between 30 October and 20 November. Find out more and book onto an event.

Improving care in East Kent – online survey

Alongside public meetings and other engagement activity we have a survey open until 9 December (extended from 25 November) for you to share your views on the current proposals. Please read this information about the potential changes before completing the survey.

The survey link is:

Listening events 

The NHS is holding eight public events to discuss potential options for changing hospital and local care services in east Kent. At these events, between 30 October and 20 November, doctors and other NHS leaders will discuss with local people:

  • 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.

You can register for one of the events online at Alternatively, you can email or call 01622 211940 to reserve a place.

Remaining dates:

Date & time Venue CCG area
Thursday 15 November
9.30am registration
9.45am – 12.45pm 

Grand Marquee, Ramada Hotel (Dover), Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EL


South Kent Coast
Thursday 15 November
6.15pm registration
6.30pm – 9.30pm 

Holiday Inn (Ashford Central), Canterbury Road, Kennington, Ashford TN24 8QQ




Tuesday 20 November
9.45am registration
10am – 1pm 

VENUE CHANGED from originally advertised

The Sanctuary, Global Generation Church, Unit 2, Westwood Business Park, Strasbourg Street, Margate CT9 4JJ


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.

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East Kent as an NHS area covers the four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs):

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