Health checks and advice at Ashford event

Ashford CCGFree NHS health checks and healthy living advice will be on offer at an event in Ashford later this month.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust will be carrying out the checks, which test lung function, blood pressure, pulse and cholesterol levels, on Wednesday 23 September between noon and 2pm.

They will also be offering advice on staying healthy, being active and stopping smoking at ‘the green’, opposite Trinity House, Upper Pemberton, Ashford.

Health checks are for people aged 40 to 74 and will determine whether you are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or diabetes in the future.

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Have your say on wheelchair services

The NHS in Kent and Medway is reviewing the way Wheelchair Services are currently delivered. If you are a wheelchair user, are a parent of a wheelchair user or if you care for someone that uses a wheelchair, they would appreciate your feedback. 

Your comments and feedback will help them understand what people think is important when it comes to the provision, maintenance and repairs of your wheelchair.

Wheelchair Service budgets are under pressure due to increasing demand. The NHS needs to find ways to support as many people as possible within the available resources and still provide the very best service, especially to those people who need their help the most.                                                                                                                                                                                      Complete the survey

The survey will close on Monday 31st August.  If you would prefer to receive a paper copy please contact

Find health help with NHS website and app

The NHS in Kent and Medway has a free website and app to help you find the right treatment, especially when you are not sure what to do or who to contact.

Whether you have a baby with a high temperature, a child who is being sick, a teenager who is feeling low or you have sprained your ankle and for many other health problems, the Health Help Now app can guide you to the service that will help you best.

Health Help Now lists common symptoms for people of all ages and helps you find the best place for treatment for them in the local area. It shows the nearest services, whether they are open or closed, and provides a map of their location and directions. (more…)

Choose the right care


Choose the right care


Self Care

Grazed Knee
Sore throat


NHS 111

Need help?
GP surgery closed



Painful cough
Runny nose



Persistent vomiting
Unexplained pains


Urgent Care Centre or Minor Injury Unit

Broken bones
Severe sunburn


Emergency Department
or 999

Chest pains
Heavy bleeding
Severe burns

the Emergency Department and 999 is for Emergencies Only

Chemotherapy Treatment at WHH

We have received the following response to a request to clarify the situation regarding chemotherapy treatment at The William Harvey Hospital.

Thank you for your enquiry today regarding activity in the Celia Blakey Unit (CBC) at William Harvey Hospital (WHH). I will detail below what was discussed in our telephone discussion this afternoon. (more…)

Team Up to Shake Up

10msu-logoSign up to the 10 Minute Shake Up! Your kids can each choose one of four Disney teams and enjoy loads of fun games and activities over the school holidays.

Active kids are happy kids! They like to move and have fun. 10 Minute Shake Ups are the perfect way to help them get their recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity – and they’re totally FREE!

When it’s safe to be cool

Published on KCC Media Hub: 29 June 2015

While many of us will simply be pleased that the long, wet winter is far behind us, it is important to be prepared for sustained hot weather.

Heatwave Alerts, such as the one in place at the moment – known as a level 2 – are triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effect on health.


Dementia Awareness Week

Do you suffer from Dementia, have a friend or relative that suffers from dementia, support somebody who suffers from dementia? There is a wide range of support for dementia sufferers and their carers. The agencies that provide support are working together more than ever to provide a holistic approach to dementia care.

Are you able to give your time to help those with dementia? Schemes such as Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends and Carers’ Support’s Dementia Visitors Scheme provide training for those providing help and support for those with dementia. (more…)

An open letter to the people of east Kent from CCG chairs

Over the last couple of weeks, our local papers have carried worrying headlines about the possibility of the east Kent hospitals trust changing emergency care and, perhaps, centralising the most high-risk procedures in one centre.

We chair the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for east Kent which have the job of planning and paying for most local health services. Our aim is to make sure that everyone in our areas who needs healthcare receives safe, high-quality care. (more…)

East Kent Dementia Visitor Scheme

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Colette Chaffey of Carers Support will be attending South Ashford Community Forum’s Meeting on 20 May 2015 to provide information on their Dementia Visitor Scheme
The aim of the scheme is to improve the experience of people with Dementia and their Carers during a stay in hospital.

Are you kind, patient and understanding?
Can you spare a minimum of 4 hours a fortnight ?
Would you like to be a volunteer visitor? (more…)