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Medway Council works closely with NHS Medway, the primary care trust, to help people in Medway  improve their own health, with support if they need it. Many people who need health care also need social care, to help them recover from illness or injury or stay independent as they get older.

NHS Medway

Health services in Medway are planned and paid for by NHS Medway, the primary care trust (PCT) for Medway.

In 2010/11, NHS Medway has £441million to spend on health services for the 280,000 people who live in Medway or are registered with a Medway GP.

To improve health and healthcare in Medway, NHS Medway works with:

  • hospital consultants
  • GPs
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • Medway Local Involvement Network
  • patients
  • carers
  • members of the public
  • Medway Council
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Medway Community Healthcare.

The more that local people get involved, the better services will be. Get involved with NHS Medway.

Medway Maritime Hospital

Medway Maritime Hospital, part of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, is committed to bringing its patients' healthcare services in line with some of the best in the country. The hospital site is now home to:

  • a new Macmillan Cancer Care unit
  • the West Kent vascular centre
  • a state-of-the-art obstetrics theatre suite
  • the neonatal intensive care unit
  • a foetal medicine centre
  • a dedicated stroke unit
  • the West Kent centre for urology.

The hospital is part of a foundation trust, which means that you can become a member and get involved with some of the hospital’s work. Membership is free and you can get involved as much or as little as you like. Find out more about foundation trust status and sign up for membership online at http://www.medway.nhs.uk/.

The NHS acquired the hospital building from the Royal Navy in 1961. The buildings and facilities were updated as part of a £1.5m modernisation scheme and the hospital reopened again as Medway Hospital in 1965. Today, the Trust treats around 400,000 patients each year.

Medway Community Healthcare

Medway Community Healthcare provides a wide range of high quality community health services for Medway residents, from health visitors and district nurses to speech and language therapists and out of hours emergency care. Find out more at Medway Community Healthcare.

Useful links

Information about healthy living is available from our health improvement service and on the Medway Libraries healthy living page.