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Hospital bereavement suite for parents who've lost babies

It's one of life's tragedies, almost too awful to contemplate. Nothing can be as traumatic as losing a baby. To try to ease the agony a specially designed bereavement suite is to be built at one of the south east's biggest hospitals. The centre at Medway Maritime Hospital will offer parents a private area where they can try to come to terms with their grief.

Tom Savvides talks to parents Jo and David Ward, Head of Midwifery Dot Smith and television presenter Cheryl Baker, who's the Vice-President of the charity Abigail's Footsteps.

NHS Trust to remain in special measures

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Medway NHS Foundation Trust should remain in special measures. That's according to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

The latest CQC report into the Medway Maritime Hospital found services remain inadequate. And although patient care is good, there are still serious issues. The Trust has apologised saying it's focused on improving services.

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Hospital, in special measures, has hopes for bright future

To say it's had a troubled history is a massive understatement. The Medway Maritime Hospital is in special measures. The NHS Trust that runs it has been dubbed as the worst in the country. The Care Quality Commission has demanded urgent improvements.

The hospital has revealed the latest chapter on what it's hoped will be a bright, new future. It's opened a new minor injuries unit in the Accident and Emergency department. Further developments are planned next year.

But will it be enough to heal the hospital's ills and restore public confidence? Our reporter Tom Savvides has the latest.

Two charged after fire at garage in Chatham

Kent Police has charged two people with arson, aggravated vehicle taking and burglary after a fire at a car garage in Chatham in March.

It was reported that a fire was started overnight on March 24 at Regency Motor Company in The Brook, and that a vehicle and a safe containing some cash were stolen.

A 13-year-old boy, from Chatham, and Tyler Alex Turner, aged 20, of Ryde Close, Chatham, charged on September 21.

They have both been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 19 October.

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England take on France in rugby showdown in Kent

England v France Credit: ITV Meridian

While Rugby World Cup fever may be sweeping the country, there's another rugby tournament taking place in Kent with some of the most talented international players.

The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are taking place at Medway Park in Gillingham.

It features teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland battling it out over four days.

England v France Credit: ITV Meridian
England v France Credit: ITV Meridian

Rugby players from five different countries have been taking part in a major tournament with a difference. The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are primarily aimed at sports men and women with disabilities. But able-bodied players are also allowed to compete. Tom Savvides reports from Medway Park in Gillingham, where the event is taking place. He talks to England player Adam Barnett, Ireland player George Hill, Wales player Martin Beddis and Elizabeth Ferris, a former Scotland player.

Risk to patients' safety at Kent flagship hospital

It's another blow to the people of Medway - their flagship hospital, which has been in special measures for more than two years, has again been told its casualty department is not up to scratch.

Things are so bad that the Trust in charge has reached out to other parts of the NHS for help. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings this week, ambulances won't go to the Medway Maritime but instead will take patients to Maidstone, the Darent Valley or even to Canterbury.

Bosses say it's a temporary measure but inspectors from the Care Quality Commission say there's a lack of leadership - and a risk to patient safety.

David Johns talked to Simon Bolton, Unison, and Councillor David Brake, Medway Council. Conservative.

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