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downsmail.co.uk Maidstone East Edition Maidstone East Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


September 2017


Results joy for students


THESE students from Invicta Grammar school were among thou- sands in the area who have been celebrating their A level success. Head teacher Julie Derrick was “proud and excited” with this year’s results which she said were the best in the Maidstone school’s history.


Other schools also reported that students had delivered record-breaking results, in the first year of changes which made A level courses more demanding than ever. 22


Health changes to ease hospital load


MASSIVE changes to improve health care and ease pressure on hospitals are on theway for Maidstone, Malling andWest Kent.


Faced with challenges of an in- creasing and ageing population, the budget-holding GP-led NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says primary health care is “extremely fragile in some areas”. Akey change will seeGPpractices


scaled up to work in clusters or fed- erations (four clusters have been formed by GPs for Maidstone Cen- tral, East Maidstone, Weald and Malling) with many providing a muchwider range of treatments and services. In addition, local care hubs could


be based in larger buildings to de- liver a range of services that do not need a hospital setting but serve a population bigger than GP clusters.


By Dennis Fowle Surveys and consultationsshowed


the public supports hubs - main con- cerns were about time and distance to travel, especially by public trans- port. The CCG wants to close gaps in services with poor outcomes, espe- cially for long-term conditions and frailty. Local hospitals are not always best


to care for the frail, but services out- side hospital are not always able to cope. Every day more than 1,000 people are in Kent hospitals who could be elsewhere if services were available.


TheCCGis particularly concerned


about cancer care – late diagnosis in particular – and access to services and poor outcomes for mentally ill. TheCCGsays the local care model


also needs to: Educate the population to moni- tor, improve and manage their own health and promote self-care. Co-ordinate and integrate health and social care services. Provide an easy access service – an alternative toA&E attendance. Provide short-term care on hos- pital discharge for independent liv- ing in own residence. Avoid referrals where possible with easier specialist opinions for GPs.


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Position mental health staff con- sistently in all care settings to direct and support care for patients. The CCG recognises it has to in- crease capacity in several areas and overcome current high levels of staff vacancies, turnover and skill short- ages. Health special, pages 18 & 19


Obituaries 32 Parish Councils 34-35


Flytipping in Downswood included the scattering of a bag of children’s clothes; flower beds on Harriet- sham village green had been van- dalised; a village gardener was being recruited by Leeds council- lors; the ragwort pull had been stopped in Harrietsham after a protected species of caterpillar was found on the site.


Crime Reports 35


A Honda mower was stolen from Kingswood; sheds at Vinters Park Crematorium were broken into and tools and a ride-on buggy were stolen; someone cut through a fence at Lenham to break into a stables and release a horse; gold jewellery was stolen in Harrietsham.


Comment 46-47


FREE No. 245


News Tilly tours with Billy


TALENTED Maidstone teen Tilly Cook has been on tour with the stage version of Billy Elliott, the musical.


Cable work fury


WORK has halted on broadband cables after a barrage of complaints.


Leeds Castle call


THE treasure house has started to recruit volunteers to work on the estate. 10


Local plan agreed


MAIDSTONE’S planning blueprint is capable of adoption, says an inspector.


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