East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in England. It runs the Kent and Canterbury Hospital (Canterbury), William Harvey Hospital (Ashford), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (Margate), Buckland Hospital (Dover), and the Royal Victoria Hospital (Folkestone) - and some outpatient facilities in the East Kent and Medway areas in England.It serves a local population of around 759,000 people. It is a teaching Trust involved in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, with local universities and Kings College University in London.In 2015 the Trauma Audit & Research Network (TARN) showed that the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford was the best performing hospital receiving trauma patients in England and Wales, out of 100 hospitals offering trauma facilities across the country, according to survival rates of patients. http://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/news/news-archive-2015/william-harvey-hospital-rated-best-performing-hospital-in-country-for-trauma/In 2016 the Trust saw improvements in its annual Patient-Led Assessment in Care Environments (PLACE) audits, which were introduced nationally in 2013. All hospitals, hospices and day treatment centres that give NHS-funded care are subject to a PLACE inspection. The Trust is now above the national average in nearly all measures. http://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/news/news-archive-2016/place-results/In 2010, East Kent Hospitals were named "Trust of the Year 2010" by the healthcare information organisation Dr Foster.
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