KIMS Hospital in Maidstone carries out Kent’s first ever Open Heart Surgery

Cardiac Surgery Team

The county’s first open heart surgery procedure has been carried out at KIMS Hospital, the new state-of-the-art hospital in Maidstone.

The £120 million hospital has a strong focus in areas of complex care such as cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and neuroscience.

The first patient to benefit from open heart surgery was Mr Steve Astbury in November 2014.  Under the care of KIMS Hospital’s Lead Cardiologist, Dr Phyllis Holt, a whole surgery team undertook three coronary heart bypass grafts.  The team was led by Mr Inderpaul Birdi.

Mr Astbury, who is now recovering well, has said, “I was very fortunate to have benefitted from this exceptional new hospital and the expertise it provides.   I felt in safe hands under the excellent care of the cardiologist and her dedicated team.  It was a real comfort to be offered life-saving surgery without the need to travel far.”

Dr Holt said, “We are delighted that Mr Astbury is recovering well and has been able to benefit from our new facility and take advantage of our aftercare so close to his home.  Bringing patients back to Kent is a primary aim for us here at KIMS.

In a first for Kent, local patients will be able to avoid lengthy journeys into London for Cardiothoracic surgery, as KIMS Hospital specialises in cardiology and has the most advanced up to date equipment available.  The new hospital has one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK, and is the first and only institute in the county to carry out open-heart surgery.  At KIMS Hospital we work as a whole team in partnership with patients to achieve the highest standards of care.”

Further to Mr Astbury’s surgery in November KIMS Hospital has now carried out three further successful cardiac operations at the hospital including open heart surgery to replace a heart valve.

During October and November 2014, NHS patients were treated at KIMS Hospital and more patients are scheduled to receive treatment in 2015.  Procedures have been undertaken in ophthalmology, trauma & orthopaedics, neurosurgery, gastrointestinal, gynaecology and general surgery.  This work has reduced NHS waiting lists and delivered the highest standards of care.

Jayne Cassidy, Chief Executive of KIMS Hospital, is currently working closely with NHS commissioners to develop further plans and states that, “Delivering excellence for patients through the NHS framework remains one of our key priorities for the future”.

KIMS Hospital is located on a seven acre site near junction 7 of the M20, in Maidstone.