Full story in HSJ, 17 September 2018

Under the preferred option, set out by commissioners, Medway Foundation Trust will lose its stroke services with three HASUs at Darent Valley Hospital, in Dartford, Maidstone Hospital and the William Harvey Hospital In Ashford.

The Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Hospital in Margate had already been expected to lose services, leaving just one unit in East Kent. But Medway FT had hoped to retain stroke services at the expense of Dartford and Gravesham Trust – which is closer to HASUs in London.

The preferred option was announced last night after a workshop involving representatives from all 10 affected clinical commissioning groups – including NHS Bexley and NHS High Weald Lewes Havens. Five options were put out for public consultation earlier this year.

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