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£10m ‘step-down’ care home at Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone given green light

PUBLISHED: 14:26 02 August 2017

The proposed 'step-down' care home

The proposed 'step-down' care home

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The development will provide 75 beds for patients well enough to leave hospital but not ready to return home

Plans for a 75-bed care home for patients well enough to leave hospital but not ready to return home have been given the green light.

Kent Medical Campus, near junction 7 of the M20, has been identified as the location for the healthcare development, which will provide 24 hour nursing accommodation for the frail and elderly, providing a mix of rehabilitation, respite and dementia care.

Chiefs at Maidstone Borough Council then rubber-stamped the plans which were submitted earlier this year.

Gary Watson, director at JLL, the company advising Kent Medical Campus on property matters, said: “The development of a £10m new step-down facility and care home will help those patients in need of further support after a stay in hospital.

“It offers the potential to reduce delayed discharges back into the community, making it possible to treat more patients.

“The combination of KIMS Hospital, the county’s largest independent hospital, the Cygnet Health Care facility and this new step-down development, means that Kent Medical Campus is delivering on its ambition to be a centre for health to support Maidstone and the county as a whole.”

The approved plans are for a 4,200 square metre building and will create more than 100 full-time equivalent jobs.

The new facilities will form an integral part of the care services and pathways that will be developed within the campus, bosses say.

It was approved as part of Kent Medical Campus’s existing permission to develop 98,000 square metres of floor space resulting in a centre of excellence for health, science and education for the borough and county.

The proposals were submitted after the landowners and team worked closely with the cross-party Kent Medical Campus monitoring committee at Maidstone Borough Council.

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