Orig­i­nal hos­pi­tal too small to cope

‘pa­tients first’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital In Crisis -

Work on the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal started in 1973. It was com­mis­sioned in 1977 and opened in 1979.

It re­placed the for­mer Ash­ford Hos­pi­tal in Kings Av­enue that had been run­ning since 1928, which was thought too small to cope with the peo­ple re­lo­cat­ing to the area.

As of March 2012, the hos­pi­tal em­ployed around 2,500 peo­ple and had 476 beds.

It pro­vides a range of emer­gency and elec­tive ser­vices as well as ma­ter­nity, trauma, or­thopaedic and pae­di­atric and neona­tal in­ten­sive care ser­vices.

The hos­pi­tal was named af­ter the fa­mous physi­cian, Wil­liam Har­vey, who was born in Folke­stone on April 1, 1578, in Church Street, and died on June 3, 1657 at the age of 79.

The sci­en­tist is best known for dis­cov­er­ing how blood cir­cu­lates around the body, and the hos­pi­tal was named af­ter him to hon­our this.

There is a statue in Folke­stone of Wil­liam Har­vey and each year around the an­niver­sary of his death a com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice is held in the town.

There is also a pub in Willes­bor­ough named af­ter the sci­en­tist. East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust is one of the largest hos­pi­tal trusts in Eng­land, serv­ing a lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of around 759,000 peo­ple.

Their web­site states: “Our motto is ‘putting pa­tients first’ and ev­ery­thing we do is guided by our vi­sion and val­ues.

“We have a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing high-qual­ity spe­cial­ist care, par­tic­u­larly in can­cer, kid­ney dis­ease, stroke and vas­cu­lar ser­vices.”

The Trust adds: “Our vi­sion is to be known as one of the top ten hos­pi­tal trusts in Eng­land and the Kent hos­pi­tal of choice for pa­tients and those close to them.

“Our mis­sion is to pro­vide safe, pa­tient-fo­cused and sus­tain­able health ser­vices with and for the peo­ple of Kent. In achiev­ing this we ac­knowl­edge our spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the pop­u­la­tion we serve.” The Trust’s val­ues in­clude: Peo­ple feel cared for as in­di­vid­u­als

Peo­ple feel safe, re­as­sured and in­volved

Peo­ple feel con­fi­dent we are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

The statue of Wil­liam Har­vey and the site of the old Ash­ford Hos­pi­tal

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