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William Harvey, Ashford

Images of Ashford showing countryside, the McArthur Glenn Shopping Centre and the high speed train service

Beautiful tranquil countryside, hop gardens, oast houses, apple orchards, picture-postcard villages and historic buildings give this part of Kent its own unique flavour. 

A Tesco superstore is located within a 10-15-minute walk from the William Harvey Hospital. This store includes a click and collect service, a pharmacy and a fuel station. Tesco have announced special store opening hours for NHS workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The hospital restaurant is currently closed to the public but remains open for staff using cashless payment. There is a simplified menu in operation 

Under usual circumstances, you will find the best of a market town together with the vibrancy of an international gateway at Ashford International Station. 

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet is a large discount shopping complex that offers designer labels at affordable prices. NHS staff members also get extra discount as part of the privilege card available at the kiosk in the car park. 

There are traditional pubs, bars in and around the town centre; the Blacksmiths Arms Pub is an F1 favourite, along with the newly opened Brewery Curious Brew 

Ashford benefits from an unrivalled location in the UK. Sitting on the key transport gateway between continental Europe, London and the rest of the UK, it is perfectly placed to offer a choice of transport links. 


Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital, Margate 

Images of Margate showing cafes with outdoor seating, a sunny sandy beach and the Turner Contemporary Gallery

The seaside town of Margate has a magnificent coastline that is the envy of other coastal towns across the UK. Famed for its many glorious sandy beaches, these are perfect to try a variety of the water sports on offer. 

There are a selection of supermarkets within a 5 minute drive or a 15 minute walk of the Hospital. Public buses also stop at these destinations. 

The hospital restaurant has closed to the public but remains open for staff using cashless payment. There is a simplified menu in operation 

Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs collectively have a beautiful coastline that stretches from Pegwell Bay in the south to Reculver in the north and takes in 15 sandy beaches and bays. 

Under usual circumstances The Turner Contemporary is a stunning landmark gallery and is the largest exhibition space in the South East outside of London. The gallery offers sensational views over the North Kent coast, captures the dramatic light effects and offers visitors a unique opportunity to engage with and explore intriguing links between historical and contemporary art through the programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. 

Westwood Cross is a large shopping centre and leisure complex in Thanet. As well as many of the big department stores and high street shops, there are also restaurants, a gym, a cinema and casino. 


Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
Images of Canterbury showing medievel houses, Cantebury Cathedral and the Westgate Tower by the river Stour

With a cathedral city at its heart, Canterbury's surrounding countryside dips and sweeps through river valleys, woods and hills to the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable. 

A Sainsbury’s Local can be found within a 10 min walk from the hospital and a Tesco metro within a 15 min walk. Larger supermarkets are around a 5-10 minute drive away. 

The hospital restaurant has closed to the public but remains open for staff using cashless payment. There is a simplified menu in operation 

Under usual circumstances, Canterbury's timeless appeal may be characterised by its awe-inspiring cathedral and status as a World Heritage Site, but the city remains a modern and vibrant cultural center enlivened by smart restaurants, traditional pubs, nightclubs and live music venues. As well all these there is the Marlowe Theatre and 

the Gulbenkian Theatre and 2 cinemas having a variety of events. 

Despite the fact that Canterbury is a relatively small city, there is a good selection of big-name department stores, high-street chains and plenty of other shopping options to be found around the centre. Over the years, Canterbury has invested many millions of pounds to improve its shopping facilities and this is clearly apparent, with the Whitefriars shopping precinct being a testament to this and expenditure especially popular.