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Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery (KIMS)

Grading:  - Requires Improvement

KIMS Hospital is an independent acute hospital run by KIMS Hospital Ltd. It provides care and treatment for private (self-funded and insured) and NHS patients referred under the Standard NHS Acute Contract. The hospital is located on the outskirts of Maidstone and close to the M20, providing easy access for people travelling from other areas of Kent. The hospital is newly built and first opened to admissions in April 2014. The hospital has 81 overnight inpatient beds and 20 day care beds.

We inspected five core services including surgery, medicine, outpatients and diagnostic services, critical care and services for children and young people. We also looked at the overall leadership of the service.  The hospital did not provide maternity services, termination of pregnancy or emergency care. We did review how end of life care was provided at KIMS but have reported this under the medicine core service report as there were so few patients receiving end of life care at the hospital.