Local MP visits adult community services at Sittingbourne Hospital


Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson gained an insight into the difference Virgin Care is making to adult community services it took on in September 2016 when he visited Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital recently.

Gordon was welcomed to Kestrel Ward in Sittingbourne by Managing Director of North Kent Adult Community Services Sarah Wardle, Lee Busher Head of Clinical Services – Community, Community Matron Ann Friend and her team, who gave the MP a tour of the ward to meet and greet patients and an introduction to the support adults can access across Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Swale.

The service is part of Virgin Care which runs a wide variety of NHS community services including four inpatient wards, community nursing, speech and language therapy as well as a falls service. In North Kent, Virgin Care is working together with other organisations to provide people with the care they need close to, or in their own home, making a seamless experience regardless of who in the NHS is looking after patients.

Sarah Wardle said: “We were really pleased to take Gordon around our service at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, introducing him to colleagues and patients, and telling him about the work we’ve been doing to introduce a Care-Co-ordination Centre for our Kent services, investing in technology for community nurses and helping facilitate earlier discharges from hospital.”

Gordon Henderson MP added: “Community care is a really important part of the health and care system, so it was great to visit Kestrel Ward and see the good work Virgin Care has done and continues to offer. I deal regularly with constituents who come to me for support with their healthcare, and I know how vital it is to have top quality local provision.”

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