Nurses hand over healthy cheque to charity

The KIMS nursing team with Peter Church and Kim Brophy of the British Heart Foundation

KIMS Hospital marked its first birthday by handing over a cheque for £2,600 to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Earlier this year the KIMS Cardiac Team, led by lead nurse Anne Hatsell, carried out 355 free heart health checks for the public, who each made a small donation to the BHF.

On Wednesday 22 April, the team were joined by KIMS heart patient Peter Church to present the cheque to Kim Brophy from the charity, and together celebrate the hospital’s first year.

Prior to the development of the hospital at Junction 7 of the M20, all such patients had to travel to London for treatment.

 The emphasis on world-class cardiac care led KIMS medical teams to perform the first ever open heart surgery in Kent last year. It also carried out Kent’s first open heart Coronary Artery Bypass Graft operation.

 Steven Bernstein, President of KIMS Hospital said: “Since opening the doors to patients here at KIMS just one year ago today, there have been a significant number of achievements made and I would like to thank all of the team and the consultants who are continuing to make this possible. Our aim is to provide the best quality treatment not just in Kent but across the South East, with the convenience of not having to travel into Central London.

 “KIMS is increasing the number of specialisms and treatments available each month. We are here to work alongside our colleagues in the National Health Service to ensure patients have choices in the region and can make fully informed decisions about where and when they receive certain procedures. KIMS is changing the way patients from across the South East receive access to cutting edge procedures and treatments and receive the best medical care available.”

 “We are delighted to make this presentation to the British Heart Foundation today and I would like to thank all the staff who took part in the Free Heart Health Check days which were a great success.”

 KIMS Hospital, which has 99 patient beds, five theatres, two endoscopy suites and a cardiac cath lab, is the largest private hospital in Kent.