Awards for health care

WORK to improve patient health care

in Maidstone, Tunbridge

Wells and the rest of West Kent has been recognised in four categories as finalists for the national HSJ Value Awards.

Diabetes care has been trans- formed by providing 28 commu- nity clinics in GP practices so type 2 patients can be seen closer to home. Two additional diabetes nurses work in the clinics. Other improvements include an extra complex care nurse, training for GPs and practice nurses to help patients manage diabetes, and in- creased psychological support and podiatry services.

Another category covers intro- duction of virtual appointments for clinically-appropriate patients. There has been significant patient take-up. An award could also be made for

three GP-led urgent treatment cen- tres in the emergency departments of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals and Sevenoaks minor in- juries unit. Winners will be announced in September.

Demolition part of plan for ‘facelift’ in Shepway

PART of the biggest housing es- tate in the borough is set for a major facelift.

A housing association plans to demolish part of the Shepway es- tate of 114 homes to make way for 240 units with a modern shopping area and communal areas. Parts of the area are deprived, crime-ridden and in need of a face lift. It is hoped that with attention to Northumberland Road and Cambridge Crescent, some of those issues could be addressed. Local residents and businesses are being invited to offer their views before the changes are im- plemented.

Labour councillor Malcolm McKay said: "I welcome these pro- posals just as long as the residents who are not tenants of the housing association are offered places in the new development.

“The area doesn’t look great and could do with a facelift, and this is


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the start of a community hub in Shepway.”

The new housing would en- croach into some park land. Cllr McKay added: "It's open space but it's not nice open space." The estate was created in the 1950s and 1960s as a way of re- housing people living in poor ac- commodation in the town. Helen Whately MP said: "Plans for investment in Shepway are good news for the local commu- nity. This is another step in helping to regenerate the area and level up Kent communities.

“While improvements are needed, change can be unsettling. Residents of Cambridge Crescent will have questions about these plans – particularly where they will live during construction and what compensation is on offer. Disruption to people’s lives needs to be kept to a minimum. “I strongly encourage Shepway residents to have their say. This is a chance for people to help shape the future of their community.” For more information, go to re- generating-shepway.


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