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At Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust we have been looking at ways to improve the quality of our cardiology care (care of people with heart problems).

At the moment, despite the hard work of our fantastic cardiology team, meeting some national best practice recommendations is a challenge in some areas. This impacts on the quality of care we can provide to patients requiring a procedure in our cardiac catheter labs and patients requiring an inpatient stay.

We want to offer patients the best possible cardiology care. That is why we have launched a 12-week public engagement period on proposed changes to our inpatient cardiology services.

Our engagement period closes at midnight on Friday 14 January 2022. We hope you will take the opportunity to let us know what you think. You can find lots of information here to help you respond to the consultation.

Engagement document

There are two versions of our engagement document:

The engagement document sets out all the information you need to understand our proposals and the options we are considering for cardiology services. It explains why we want to make the proposed changes, how we developed the proposals and sets out the expected advantages and potential disadvantages.

The easy read version will be published here shortly. It will be developed for people with learning disabilities or who have difficulty reading. It will present our proposals in an easy-to-understand way.

If you would like the consultation document in a different format, for example large print, braille or in another language please contact us.

The engagement questionnaire

After you’ve read through our engagement document, completing the engagement questionnaire is the easiest way to share your views with us. You can complete the questionnaire online via an independent organisation that will be analysing the results for us, or you can download a copy, print it out and send it back to us.

  • Click here to complete the questionnaire
  • Click here to download a copy of the questionnaire for printing

If you would like to get in touch by phone, email or letter please see our contact details.

Frequently asked questions

Below are some common questions about the consultation. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us.

Consultation meetings and events

Virtual meetings and pop-up information stalls

We are organising a series of online virtual public meetings and pop-up information stalls in local shopping centres where you can learn more, speak to the programme’s clinical leaders and let us know what you think about our proposals. Details will be published here shortly.

Listening Event: Thursday, 9 December 2021 between 19:00 – 20:30 GMT

Listening Event: Wednesday, 15 December 2021 between 19:00 – 20:30 GMT

Invite us to your group

Coronavirus has had a big impact on local groups and organisations who might have an interest in our proposals. Where possible, we will be getting out and about to talk to people in person but we’re also happy to attend virtual groups and meetings to talk about our plans. If you would like us to come to your group, please contact the consultation team as soon as possible to discuss options.

Further background information

Over the course of the engagement period we will publish further background information and factsheets about our proposals in response to specific areas of interest.

Videos and animation

Over the course of the consultation we will be sharing videos and an animation about our proposals.

Contact us

You can contact us about the cardiology proposals to share your views, ask questions, invite us to attend a meeting or to request copies of the engagement document, questionnaire, or background information:

  • Email: mtw-tr.cardioreconfig@nhs.net
  • Call: 01622 225771
  • Write to: MTW Developing Cardiology Services programme, c/o Communications Team, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9QQ