Wednesday, 2 April 2014

£95m KIMS officially opened

Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery, the £95m independent, patient-focused, clinician-led hospital near Junction 7 of the M20, has been officially opened.

KIMS is the first - and only - tertiary care centre in Kent, providing high quality complex procedures and acute care in areas such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, complex orthopaedics and surgical oncology. 

With one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK, KIMS is the first and only institute in the county to carry out open-heart surgery, enabling local patients to avoid lengthy and stressful journeys to London for care.

Managed and built by VINCI Construction UK Ltd, the groundworks and civils were undertaken by Gallagher Group. During the two-year build programme, nearly £32 million of work was sub-contracted to businesses within 45 miles of KIMS. Importantly for the local employment market, half of the 2,000 people employed on the project lived within 20 miles of the site.

The 15,000m2 KIMS will transform acute and specialist health provision in the county, and was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, during a visit to Maidstone on Wednesday 2 April.

Planning permission for the project was secured by DHA Planning following an application to Maidstone Borough Council.

KIMS is located on a seven acre site adjacent to the proposed Maidstone Medical Campus, which includes plans to create a neurological rehabilitation and care centre, alongside a specialist paediatrics unit, a specialist women’s health unit, and research laboratories providing a central facility for use by Kent hospitals. 

A Medical Training Centre with graduate and post-graduate teaching facilities for doctors and nurses, plus student accommodation, in conjunction with leading universities; research and development facilities, are also included within the campus’ development plans.

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