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Tattoo parlours to display hygeine rating

A new scheme will start in Medway allowing customers to find the most hygenic tattoo parlours in the local area.

All artists and semi-permanent makeup practitioners are being asked to sign up and will be given a window display showing their rating.

Customers will be able to find the most hygenic tattoo studios Credit: ITV Meridian

"This scheme will enable customers to make an educated choice about which business to select and it will allow the council to drive up standards of those who may not yet be operating at the required level."

– Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Cllr Peter Hicks
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New boss promises changes at failing hospital

She's the fourth chief executive in six years at the failing Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent. Lesley Dwyer has spoken for the first time about her vision for the future and promised major improvements in one hundred days at what's been called the worst performing hospital in the country. Tom Savvides has this report.


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Children's A&E opens at troubled hospital

It's been described as one of the country's worst hospitals but a new children's Accident and Emergency department has now opened at Medway Maritime Hospital. The new unit is part of a major renovation programme, costing more than thirteen million pounds. It aims to improve services at the hospital, which has been dogged by problems and is in special measures. Tom Savvides talks to patient Mia Wilson and her mother Marina Wilson. Dr Ashike Choudhury and chief operating officer Morag Jackson also feature in this report.


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Tenants moved into new council homes

There's a desperate shortage of council homes across the south east. But some authorities are addressing the problem, and have starting building programmes. Families have started moving into the first council homes to be built in Medway in more than forty years. In recent times, housing associations have taken over the role of providing accommodation to tenants, who used to rely on councils. Fifty five new homes will built. The council says it's a start. Tom Savvides talks tenant Ken Watson, councillor Howard Doe and the MP Rehman Chishti.

'Beautiful' and 'powerful' building given listed status

This building now has Grade Two listed status Credit: ITV Meridian

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and when it comes to the latest addition to the listed building database that certainly seems to be true.

Gun Wharf in Dock Road in Chatham has been given a preservation order meaning it now has Grate Two listed status by the Government.

It follows an English Heritage project to recognise some of the finest post-war office buildings in England.

t was build almost 40 years ago Credit: ITV Meridian

“To be named as one of 14 post-war office buildings listed across the country is something quite special and the fact it is still a working building is testament to its quality.

“The building is no stranger to awards and when it was built was described in the Architects’ Journal as ‘powerful outside and beautiful inside’."

It is currently used by Medway Council Credit: ITV Meridian

Health Secretary may return to troubled hospital

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Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has been asked to return to visit Medway Hospital. The troubled hospital is in special measures, and has recently been given a loan. Rehman Chishti, the local MP, invited Hunt after a meeting in London. And Chishti has called for greater collaboration between Medway Hospital and other Health Trusts. The Government’s recently announced an investment of £13 million to improve Medway’s A&E, which is one of the largest amount given to a hospital.

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