Dr. Farnaaz Sharief of the Red Suite, Rainham Health Living Centre explains the miraculous effect of breathing.

With one in 12 patients nationally failing to turn up for their appointment at their GP surgery, the Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has turned to text messaging technology to reduce the problem of ‘Did not attends’.

As part of the annual Dying Matters awareness week, Medway residents are being encouraged to talk about their end of life wishes – from where they want to die to what colours should be worn at their funeral.

For a list of opening times for pharmacies across the Kent and Medway area, please click here.

Please click here to find a list of and opening times for your local pharmacies across Medway this Easter:

Grants of up to £1,500 will soon be available to Medway community groups looking to engage local residents to support healthier living and more active communities.

MEDIA RELEASE - Issued Friday 24 March 2017

To download this release as a PDF please click this link - KM case for change press release PDF

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has achieved significant improvements and, as a result, is to exit special measures.

Work is well under way to create a new children and young people’s health and well being centre for Medway on a multi-million pound transformation of the site of the former Temple School in Strood.

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to congratulate Dr Sanjay Suman, from Medway NHS Foundation Trust, who has won an Excellence Award for the Proactive Assessment Clinics for the Elderly (PACE) service.

Medway CCG are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Medway Council and MFT, Medway Community Healthcare's Home First scheme has won the Penguin Teamship Award.

Talking therapy is just a phone call away

Access to mental health support is now easier than ever before with the launch of a new free self-referral therapy service.

Medway Talking Therapies is a new service launching on the 1st February 2017 that provides FREE talking therapies on behalf of the NHS. The service is confidential and is accessible for anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a Medway GP.

Medway Talking Therapies, which includes online and telephone services, is delivered in partnership between: Insight Healthcare, Think Action, North Kent Mind, and IESO Digital. The time and date of therapy sessions can be flexible, and can take place at your local GP surgery, over the phone, in real-time over the internet or at an appropriate local venue.

Medway Talking Therapies can help if you are experiencing:

  • Low mood
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Phobias
  • Panic
  • Anger
  • Family problems 

For more information please see the Medway Talking Therapies IAPT Leaflet . A press release is available here.   

To access the service contact can be made directly via the contact details below:

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Medway Talking Therapies

12-16 Ordnance Street




Telephone: 0300 029 3000

NHS Medway CCG has appointed KPMG as its local external auditors from 1 April 2017 for a period of three years with the option to extend for a further one year. The auditor panel followed a robust process to appoint a new auditor, including robust evaluation and scoring of tenders received. The CCG’s governing body accepted the advice and recommendation of its auditor panel on appointing KPMG as follows.


  • are judged to deliver the best value for money and service delivery model
  • illustrated a clear understanding of the CCG’s specification and provided supporting evidence on how the service would be delivered
  • were able to fully articulate their experience of the NHS
  • provided confidence in their internal processes to minimise conflicts of interests

The NHS across north Kent and Medway is currently experiencing significant pressure, with unprecedented levels of demand for Accident & Emergency (A&E) services and out-of-hours services- with local hospitals seeing more patients than there are beds for.

To try to relieve some of the pressure on other health services it is important that patients order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.