The NHS has reassured patients after a person was arrested at Maidstone Hospital amid reports he had a faux physician’s ID.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS said the person had no contact with patients and did not access secure areas, after particulars of the arrest in June emerged.

Kent Police did not find a fake ID after the hospital raised the alarm however did make an immigration arrest as a result of the person had overstayed his visa.

It’s understood the alleged fake ID may have been a bid to impress a date.

‘Met on-line’

Fake Id

The BBC understands the person appeared to have been with a gaggle of people that met at the hospital in 15 June within the early hours

They advised he had been pretending to be a physician to attempt to impress someone he had met on a website.

A police spokesman said: “Officers attended and arrested a person in reference to an immigration offence.

“Aged 35 and from the Maidstone space, the person was detained and later handed into the care of Residence Office Immigration enforcement officers.”

A hospital spokesman said: “We will assure the public that none of our patients had been concerned in any way.

“At no point did the alleged particular person have any contact with patients or access any secure areas of the hospital.

“The matter is now within the palms of the related authorities and our workers have been thanked for his or her diligence.”