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The Somerfield Hospital

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Thousands of patients are facing disruption after a private hospital announced it is set to close. Staff at Somerfield Hospital in London Road, Maidstone, were told yesterday the hospital will close its doors by mid - April. Patients expecting to have cataract surgery today have been turned away. Michelle Yates, from East Peckham, had her appointment cancelled on Thursday, having only booked two weeks ago. She say: my appointment was due at 4pm, I got a phone call at about 12pm saying they they ve had to cancel. They didn't say why. I m NHS patient, all other hospitals have high waiting list, I won't get appointment until May onwards now. I 'd rather they had just been honest and told me they were closing. The hospital operator, BMI Healthcare, said it was contacting all of its patients to re - arrange appointments. It claims the 38 - bed hospital has closed after losing patients to other healthcare providers, causing financial challenges. Competition includes KIMS Hospital, which opened on Kent Medical Campus, Maidstone in 2014. More than 20 000 patients came through Somerfield Hospital's doors between July 2015 and June 2016. Of 3 205 inpatient and day case episodes recorded in that time, 60% were NHS fund. Nearly a third of 17 019 outpatient attendances were NHS fund, with the rest being private patients. One NHS patient's wife, who asked not to be name, say: it's cruel to turn people away at point of delivery. We selected Somerfield Hospital for cataract surgery via NHS, We checked the appointment was going ahead six days ago and there was no warning. Bmi Healthcare limit hopes to shut the hospital by the end of month, but this could stretch into mid - April. Hospitals provide surgical procedures, family planning services, diagnostic and screening procedures as well as treating diseases, disorders and injuries. Staff have started a 30 - day consultation to decide their future with the company. In December 2016, hospital employed the equivalent of 26 full time nurses as well as 10 health care assistants and operating department practitioners. A spokesman say: This has been a difficult decision to make, not least because staff at the hospital have been so dedicated and take pride in the level of service they provide to patients. But we have seen new independent providers opening in the area and this has affected our activity and financial position. After looking at this in detail, we have concluded that the logical option would be to close. Our focus now remains on delivery of excellent and safe healthcare, and on supporting our staff as we head to the end of March closure. Hospital was rat good at its last inspection by the Care and Quality Commission, but was told safety required improvement. Patients with queries can call 0800 096 2254, where they can provide their name and hospital staff members will call them back. However, BMI Healthcare Ltd has asked patients to hold off calling. A Spokeswoman say: this is so we can support patients with earlier appointments first.

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