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Benenden Hospital at Cranbrook, Kent, is set to continue its arrangement to support NHS trusts in the Kent and Sussex region.

Despite cases of Coronavirus falling, the pressure on the NHS is set to remain and in light of this, Benenden Hospital, as part of the Independent Healthcare Provider Network (IHPN), has been invited by NHS England to continue its support for the NHS in the region, under an arrangement that has been in place since the pandemic took hold.

“As responsible members of the IHPN we’re continuing our support of the NHS and have begun a programme of work that will see us undertake a number of treatments and procedures on behalf of local trusts, including ENT, orthopaedics, urology and imaging work.

At the same time, we’re opening up our services to members of Benenden Health, to patients wishing to self-pay and to those with private medical insurance (PMI),” explained Jane Abbott, Chief Nurse and Director at Benenden Hospital.

In addition to surgical work, Benenden Hospital nursing teams are continuing to work alongside local GPs at the Ridge COVID Assessment Unit in Headcorn, where they support the assessment of patients attending the Unit.

Speaking as more patients return to Benenden Hospital Jane Abbott said:

“It’s good to see all areas of our hospital fully opened up again and it has been lovely to hear the positive feedback from our patients who feel comfortable and safe when they come to us.

Many additional safety measures have been put in place to meet the Department of Health and Public Health England’s COVID-related guidance, and these are in addition to Benenden Hospital’s existing, strict cleanliness and hygiene measures.

“It is important we remain vigilant and equally important patients feel safe when attending the hospital; safety and cleanliness will always be our number one priority,” said Jane Abbott.

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Published on 26 August 2020