It was fantastic to meet with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust's Head of Clinical Services Nicola Osborne and Ward Manager Lesley Sloan, as well as local GP, Dr Sally Russell at Deal Hospital.
So many new services are being offered and there is now a fantastic range of specialised clinics operating out of the hospital. Deal Hospital now offers a Pain Clinic, Ear Nose Throat service, mental healthcare along with cardiac and diabetes care, along with a wide range of other clinics and services. The hospital also has a 26-bed ward and three palliative care beds.
As the hospital expands, new clinics are opening. These include a ground breaking consultant nurse lead Rheumatology Clinic which opened on 8 January. They also hope to open a Wound Clinic, while glaucoma services are provided by Biggs Opticians.
We discussed how the expanding services mean more staff are needed. So I hope nurses who live locally in Deal will think of working at Deal Hospital.
Congratulations are also due to Deal Hospital and its staff on its "good" Care Quality Commission rating. It is great to see so many clinics and services available in the heart of our community, right where they are needed.
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