Major upgrade for Buckland Hospital

Buckland Hospital will shortly open as one of the new class of Urgent Treatment Centres being rolled out across the country.

The new centre in Dover will be a major upgrade to the existing Minor Injuries Unit. It will have GPs on hand, instead of the current nurse-led facility, and be open for four extra hours a day, between 8am and 10pm. Local health bosses said it is due to open later this year.

I met with East Kent Hospitals chief executive Susan Acott and chairman Stephen Smith to discuss the plans. At the meeting I also pressed for urgent improvements to maternity and other services across the Trust.

But this is good news for Buckland. I’ve been pushing for more services– it is a state-of-the-art facility which needs to be fully used – and for better healthcare to be provided by the Trust for our community. I hope that we will see even more services provided at Dover.

The new centre will also be a base for training some of the new generation of medics when the Kent Medical School opens its doors later this year. So we will have a training hospital in our community as well. That means we can start to attract and train the brightest and best medical talent for our local hospitals and GP surgeries.

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