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James Paget Hospital patient evicted after two years

A hospital patient who occupied a bed for more than years was evicted after a hospital applied for a court order.

Hospital on high alert since Christmas

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

The Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton has been on its highest-possible state of alert for three weeks.

It means it can't deliver comprehensive care, and patient safety could be compromised.

Local health watchdogs say it's vital beds are vacated as soon as patients are ready to go home.

Medway hospital 'could relocate'

Medway Maritime Hospital could be moved to a new site to help it cope with increased demand, council and health bosses have said.

Options include redeveloping the existing site in Gillingham or moving it to a new site within Medway and people can give their views in an ongoing consultation.


Politicians have said it's about making sure Medway has the right healthcare provision in the future.

Labour councillor Vince Maple said redevelopment could see increased provision at the existing site or an extra minor injuries unit elsewhere in Medway.

Gillingham MP Rehman Chisti said he wanted to make it clear that "Medway hospital is here to stay".