Last week Dartford MP Gareth Johnson visited the A&E Department at Darent Valley Hospital to meet and talk to staff about health provision during the Winter months.
In June, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust was awarded more than £900,000 from the Government to help it prepare for the Winter. This money has been used to improve care and streamline the way patients are seen in the A&E Department.
After his visit on Friday, Mr Johnson said: “I have always been impressed with how Darent Valley recognises that having a successful A&E Department requires the whole of the hospital to play its part and they also take a very multi-agency approach.
The commitment and dedication of staff is obvious whenever I visit. It is always a pleasure to meet the people who are at the coalface of the NHS. We are very fortunate to have such an effective A&E Department in Dartford and it is great to see our health workers getting on with their jobs in a professional and dedicated way. Winter provision has to be planned for months in advance and Darent Valley fully recognises that.
A&E is a vital resource for people with serious issues therefore it’s important it is used only for these purposes. Like every hospital, Darent Valley experiences increased pressure every Winter and it can be a challenging time. It is clear, however, that a huge amount has been done to prepare the hospital both financially and logistically to provide the best possible service for local residents this Winter.”