KIMS to start on site in April 2012

Building work on the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery (KIMS) will start in April after Clydesdale Bank agreed to provide the £34m needed to complete financing of the £80m scheme. The rest of the money is being provided by a number of corporate and private investors, including 100 medics who are investing their own cash and providing personal guarantees. As a result, they will be part owners in the facility, which promises to put patient welfare at the fore. The largely-private hospital has been five years in the planning and will be built on a seven-acre site close to the M20 near Maidstone. Based at the intersection of three primary care trusts, it will provide care across a number of disciplines including cardiothoracics, neurosurgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics, oncology and diagnostics, including angiography, advanced MRI and nuclear medicine. It is expected to open in early 2014 and will provide the only cardiothoracic and neurosurgery tertiary care beds in Kent. In the longer term, there are plans to extend the site, creating a centre of excellence for the region.