Frequently Asked QuestionsLast updated 17/09/2021
We’ve put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions about coming to KIMS Hospital. We’ll update this page regularly with new content, and you’ll be given all the details you need about coming in for an appointment when we send you your appointment booking information
Are appointments still going ahead?
We are pleased to advise that both KIMS Hospital and our Medical Centre in Sevenoaks will remain open. Please continue to attend your appointments as normal.
We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls, so we ask that you do not contact the hospital to check if your appointment is still going ahead. Should we need to change your appointment, we will contact you in advance.
We are closely monitoring guidance and will update this web page with new information regularly.
Do you offer a COVID-19 testing service?
To keep our hospital safe, we test our patients and staff.
We do not offer COVID-19 tests to members of the public. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you will need to access a test via the NHS. For further information please see https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
Are you treating any patients for COVID-19 at KIMS Hospital?
No, we are not treating any patients for COVID-19 at the hospital. We are testing every inpatient that comes to our hospital and we only admit patients for conditions unrelated to COVID-19.
How safe is it to come to hospital?
Rest assured that keeping you safe remains our top priority. We closely follow and quickly adapt to the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Public Health England. We’ve put in a number of measures to keep our patients and staff safe whilst at the hospital. You can read more on our dedicated page for safety measures here.
Are you still supporting the local NHS Hospitals with their patients?
We are still supporting the NHS by providing care to those patients that still need urgent treatment for other health conditions. You can read more about that here.
Can I walk or get a taxi through the drive-thru swab clinic before my procedure?
Our patients are required to have a COVID-19 Swab before they come for surgery.
The clinic is a drive-thru clinic, so you must be in a vehicle.
If you are unable to drive yourself, we would prefer you to be driven by someone in your support bubble. If you need to come via taxi, then please ensure you and the driver are both wearing masks, as your self isolation must begin after your test.
I have a positive case in my household, can I attend my appointment?
No. You should not be attending your appointment if you have a positive case in your household. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated.
I have recently travelled abroad, can I still have my surgery?
Yes, but you must follow the PHE and Home Office guidance for isolation first. This states that those who are coming back from an amber country must do a PCR test at day 2 and day 8, and as long as that is negative then they won’t need to carry on isolating.
If you have recently travelled from an amber country and are due to have surgery with us, we will not be able to confirm the surgery date until we have evidence of your negative PCR results. You must then follow our pathway which involves having a PCR test with us, and then isolating for 3 days. Other hospitals are also following this guidance.
If you are returning from a red list country then you must isolate for two weeks first, as per the national guidance.
I have been referred for a scan, how long will it take to get an appointment?
There is currently a very high demand for our imaging services, especially MRI scans. If your consultant refers you for a scan, please note that it may take up to two weeks from your initial consultation for this to take place.
Your consultant will be aware of this, and will book your follow-up appointment for an appropriate date, to ensure your scan results are available.
Urgent scans will be prioritised and managed according to our updated patient pathways.
I had a scan or test before lockdown, do I need to have them redone?
Because time has passed, it’s possible that you will need to have a scan or test carried out again. Your consultant will review the stage of your care with us and we will let you know if you need to have anything redone.
Can I book a private appointment now?
Yes, we are pleased to welcome you as a private patient to KIMS Hospital. However, we are experiencing an unprecedented volume of new enquiries.
We are also managing a waiting list of previously postponed appointments. Please bear with us as there might be a longer than usual wait time to get an appointment.
Can I have a virtual consultation?
We are offering virtual consultations where clinically appropriate. You can request a virtual consultation with our enquiries team, who will be able to confirm if it is appropriate. For some conditions, a physical examination will be necessary, and so you would still need to come into the hospital for your consultation. We are also booking virtual follow-up appointments where this is appropriate.
If I am coming in for a procedure, do I need to do anything differently?
If you’re coming to us as an inpatient we’ll be asking you to self-isolate for either 3 days or 14 days before your procedure. The length of time you’ll need to self isolate for will depend on the procedure you are having and any health risk factors you might have. Your consultant will discuss this with you, make an assessment and agree the self-isolation period with you. You’ll be able to ask any questions during your consultation.
We’ll also ask you to be swabbed and tested via our drive-through swabbing facility 72 hours before you come in. If you test positive for COVID-19, we won’t be able to admit you for your procedure. We will however reassess you for a future booking. We will provide you with more detail about where to get support if you have a positive result.
I am being dropped off and picked up for my procedure, where can my friend/relative wait for me?
If you have a friend or relative who decides to wait for you while you undergo your procedure, please note that to help us remain a COVID-19 free site, we unfortunately can’t accommodate them within the hospital at this time. However, there are a some places nearby where they can pass the time between dropping you off and picking you up.
- Newnham Court Shopping Village, which is home to a number of shopping and eating facilities, including Notcutts Garden Centre, Bricks Coffee House and the Greene King Pub and Restaurant, The Newnham Court Inn
- There are two Costa Coffee Shops nearby; one is in Next in Eclipse Park, and the other is in Tesco in Grove Green.
- The Early Bird pub in Grove Green.
- The nearby village of Bearsted is home to a beautiful village green, which has two popular restaurants; The White Horse and The Oak on the Green
- In good weather, you might choose to visit nearby Mote Park for a walk by the lake.
- Maidstone Town Centre is also only a 5-10 minute drive away, and offers a range of coffee shops, restaurants and shops to enjoy while waiting.
Am I allowed to have visitors at the hospital?
So that we can protect the safety of our patients and staff, it is important for us to reduce the number of visitors as much as possible. Currently, we are only permitting patients who have an expected stay of more than 1 night to be allowed a single visitor.
The visitor must be nominated by the patient, or families may nominate a visitor where the patient lacks capacity.
Visitors are not allowed to enter KIMS hospital if they have any COVID-19 symptoms nor if they or their household are isolating with suspected COVID-19.
All visitors will have their temperature checked upon arrival and masks must continue to be worn at all times.
Until further notice, we are asking outpatients to come alone where possible.
I am due to have physical therapy after my procedure, how will this work?
Currently the Physical Therapy team are offering a variety of approaches, including face to face, telephone and video appointments. This decision is based on a mix of clinical need, patient risk assessment and patient preference.