Medway NHS Foundation Trust is a public benefit corporation authorised under the National Health Service Act 2006. It operates a single site hospital based in Gillingham, Medway Maritime Hospital, serving a population of more than 405,000 across Medway and Swale.
We provide clinical services to almost half a million patients a year, including 110,000 Emergency Department attendances, 62,000 inpatient admissions, over 325,000 outpatient attendances and more than 5,000 babies were born at the hospital last year.
As an NHS Foundation Trust, we have a 19-strong Council of Governors and over 11,000 public members. We employ 4,400 staff, making us one of Medway’s largest employers. In addition, close to 400 volunteers provide invaluable support across the League of Friends, Hospital Radio and the Voluntary Services Department.
The hospital is made up of two clinical directorates – Unplanned and Integrated Care and Planned Care – supported by corporate functions. Each clinical directorate has a dedicated Director of Clinical Operations, Deputy Medical Director and Deputy Director of Nursing. The Board of Directors, led by Chairman Stephen Clark, comprises nine Executive Directors including Lesley Dwyer, Chief Executive, and seven Non-Executive Directors including the Chair.
The Trust attained Foundation status in 2008. It was in special measures from 2013 to 2017, and with tremendous effort and dedication to improving, it was rated overall as ‘Requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March 2017, with ratings of ‘Good’ for being caring, effective and well led.
Our maternity and gynaecology services were rated as ‘Outstanding’ for the Caring domain in our CQC report.
In April 2017 the Trust completed its two-year buddying partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), who provided support for a range of programmes and activities undertaken by Medway NHS Foundation Trust.