The NHS has reassured patients after a man was arrested at Maidstone Hospital amid experiences he had a faux doctor’s ID.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS said the man had no contact with patients and didn’t access safe areas, after particulars of the arrest in June emerged.

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

It is understood the alleged fake ID might have been a bid to impress a date.

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The BBC understands the man appeared to have been with a bunch of people who met on the hospital in 15 June within the early hours

They urged he had been pretending to be a physician to try to impress someone he had met on a website.

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

“Aged 35 and from the Maidstone area, the man was detained and later handed into the care of Residence Workplace Immigration enforcement officers.”

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

“At no level did the alleged individual have any contact with patients or access any safe areas of the hospital.

“The matter is now within the fingers of the related authorities and our workers have been thanked for their diligence.”