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£1.5m surgical robot unveiled at Kent hospital

The very latest in robot technology has been officially launched today, at a hospital in Kent.

The Da Vinci Xi robot at the Medway Maritime Hospital allows complex medical procedures to be carried out with invasive surgery kept to a minimum.

It cost £1.5 million and is one of only eight machines of its kind in the UK.

So far there's only one surgeon at the Trust who can use it but others will soon be trained to treat more patients and create a regional centre for pelvic cancer.

Tony Green reports.

Tony spoke to Prof Matin Sheriff, consultant neurological surgeon and Barry Tulett, patient.

'Gills' footballers spread festive cheer at hospital

Football team visit children in hospital to share some festive cheer

Players from Gillingham Football Club have visited children in hospital ahead of Christmas Day.

They handed out presents and some festive cheer at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, even leading staff and children in a round of carol singing. Among the players were Cody McDonald, Stuart Nelson, Josh Wright and Emmanuel Osadebe. Derek Johnson reports.

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Inspectors check hospital's work after special measures

The Medway Maritime Hospital has had a difficult few years. It's been called one of the worst hospitals in the region and spent three years in special measures.

But six months ago inspectors saw signs of improvement. And now a full team of inspectors have arrived on site to look at every aspect of the hospital's work.

Abigail Bracken spoke to Alan Thorne, Care Quality Commission and Rehman Chishti MP. Gillingham & Rainham, Conservative.

A helping hand for premature babies as maternity unit shows improvement

Once ordered to take "urgent action" to improve safety - Medway Maritime Hospital's maternity department has made a turnaround.

The unit branded "inadequate" in 2013 and put into special measures - is now "good" - and outstanding in some areas.

And the specialist clinic for premature babies is recognised as offering excellent care - so what can the rest of the hospital learn?

Sarah Saunders spoke to mother Mofi Ariyo, neonatal unit matron Louise Proffit, Dr Aung Soe, mother Navjot Dusanj and Ranjit Akolekar of the foetal medicine unit.

James Cockram's son Joseph was at risk of a dangerously premature birth - but was eventually born at 34 weeks after his wife was given an operation to allow her to prolong the pregnancy. Also speaking, mother of Sienna - Louise Peters

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