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Aviva adds KIMS facility to Key Hospital List

Published: 08 May 2014

Aviva is proud to announce the inclusion of the Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS) facility on its Key Hospital List, giving clients access to rooms in one of Europe's most advanced hospitals.

The state-of-the-art facility, which has taken five years to reach completion, was officially opened this month by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, whilst on a visit to Maidstone.

Led and partially-owned by clinicians themselves, the independent £95 million private development is unique in that it is founded on the support and commitment of clinicians, rather than a business. This gives those medical professionals the opportunity to practice locally, meaning the people of Kent may no longer need to travel to London to receive the care they need.

Chief Executive of KIMS Jayne Cassidy commented: "The opening of KIMS marks a step change for Kent in delivering world-class healthcare locally. [It] 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."

With five major operating theatres, two endoscopy suites, an angiography suite and an interventional fluoroscopy suite, KIMS is the first private tertiary level hospital in the county and will be able to provide complex procedures, such as would be expected at London-based teaching hospitals.

The development also boasts 74 single room in-patient beds, 20 day case beds, four ITU beds, three HDU beds, 16 outpatient consulting rooms, 60 clinician offices and an imaging department, on top of its own in-house sterilisation plant and education centre.

In terms of the institute's specialties, these will include major orthopaedic, neuro-spinal, upper and lower GI, hepatobiliary, gynaecology, ENT and urology, to name just a few examples. It will also boast one of the largest cardiology departments in the UK and be the first and only facility in Kent to carry out open-heart surgery.

Dr Chris Thom, KIMS' Medical Director, went on to say: "Kent now has a hospital unlike any other."

This hospital will be available to all your clients who are covered by our core cover, and have our standard key hospital list.

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