Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has welcomed the announcement of £6 million in funding for new wards at Darent Valley Hospital and Medway Maritime Hospital this winter.

The refurbishment at Darent Valley Hospital will create 15 additional beds across three wards.

Darent Valley Hospital is one of 30 hospitals receiving a funding boost to help patients move out of A&E more quickly or to help more patients receive same day urgent and emergency care.

Gareth Johnson said: “I am delighted the Government has selected Darent Valley Hospital for funding of new hospital beds.

“These upgrades will free up hospital capacity. This is really good news for NHS patients locally and will help us to cut waiting lists. We are all tremendously proud of the work of the staff across the hospital and I know this will be welcome news as the hospital prepares for this winter. ”