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Mini community hospital enables earlier discharge

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A community hospital ward set up in a Kent hospital is helping to rehabilitate patients with complex needs and speed up discharge times.

The pilot initiative in Maidstone Hospital is enabling patients to return home after two weeks, freeing up acute beds for the seriously ill. The ward supports elderly patients treated on an acute ward after fractures, chest infections and urinary tract infections.

The scheme is a joint initiative by Kent Community Health NHS Trust, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, Kent County Council and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

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