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Coronavirus Staffing update at Education Centres

The education centres are now partially/almost fully re-opened and are Trust-designated COVID Secure Areas which means that social distancing is observed and that masks need not be worn.  The Centres will have limited staffing to ensure current Government advice on social distancing/2 metre distancing are adhered to and we ask you to observe this whilst in the Education Centres.  At the entrances to centres there are clinical waste bins for anyone coming from clinical or non-secure areas to dispose of their masks.  Fresh masks, on leaving the centres, can be picked up on the way out. K&CH has all staff present 5 days a week.  QEQM and WHH have teams rotating so that reduced density can be observed to ensure social distancing. Staffing will be on a rotational basis with all staff being physically present and staff not in the centres will continue to work from home and so can be contacted via the usual means of email, telephone, WhatsApp etc.

Due to social distancing now in place, in the education centres there are different regulations in place in respect of the number of people able to attend meetings/teaching and capacity of the rooms which has been drastically reduced - please adhere to these guidelines to ensure safety.  Room capacity numbers are indicated on each of the centre rooms and centre staff will advise you of the room capacity when making room bookings.

The following general numbers can be used to contact the education centres:

Kent and Canterbury Hospital central phone number: 7228760  (internal), 01227 868760 (external)

William Harvey Hospital central phone number: 7236660 (internal), 01233 616660 (external)

Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother central phone number: 7254240 (internal), 01843 234240 (external)

Our generic email address is available - – for you to email any concerns/issues. This is monitored and responded to on a daily basis by medical education staff. Further updates will be provide when there are further developments with the education centres and the services they provide.

Please check the Trust's coronavirus information page for latest information -


Dr Prathibha

A very warm welcome to you from Medical Education at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

As Director of Medical Education for the Trust, I work with a large team to ensure that our undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes are of excellent quality and meet the every need of our students and junior doctors.

We are a large Trust and we take in 500 medical students per year, in addition to 390 junior doctors in training, and 158 specialty doctors and associates.

Our main aim is to treat every student and junior doctor as an individual person, and ensure that you are supported to achieve your goals in your chosen career paths. We also believe that it is extremely important for you to enjoy your job!

I hope that you find this website useful and will choose to come and work with us. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Dr Prathibha Bandipalyam
Director of Medical Education