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16 April 2014 16:29

Airwave have supplied and installed the Patient Entertainment System at Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS). The £95m state-of-the-art hospital will transform acute and specialist health provision in the county, and has been officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, during a visit to Maidstone.

Airwave supplied a number of Philips, LG and Samsung dedicated Healthcare screens as well as projectors for staff training and lecture rooms. With screen sizes ranging from 26” white TVs to 47” LED screens and projectors, Airwave’s flexible approach allowed KIMS to achieve a TV system that fell in with their mantra for a technology and patient led approach to the hospital.  

In a first for Kent, local patients will be able to avoid lengthy journeys to London for care as the new hospital will have one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK, and be the first and only institute in the county to carry out open-heart surgery. Thanks to the clinical expertise of the hospital’s consultants, and in another first for Kent, KIMS will also make it possible for local neurosurgery patients to have their treatments carried out locally with the opening of the specialist department.

KIMS is the first, and only, tertiary care centre in Kent, providing high-quality complex procedures and acute care in areas such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, complex orthopaedics and surgical oncology.

Through the work of more than 300 clinical staff, KIMS will offer private healthcare services, as well as services to the NHS by agreement with local hospital trusts and NHS commissioning bodies, for patients across Kent, as well as East Sussex and South East London.

Jayne Cassidy, chief executive of KIMS, said: “The opening of KIMS marks a step change for Kent in delivering world-class healthcare locally. Today highlights how high-level patient care can be provided by consultants and clinicians, and through collaboration with medical technology companies and education providers, in our case Canterbury Christ Church University.”

When it opens to patients later this month, KIMS, which was designed by David Morley Architects, will offer 65 dedicated inpatient beds, including seven chemotherapy rooms, plus a further 20 daycare beds, seven intensive therapy units beds and high dependency beds.