The NHS has reassured patients after a person was arrested at Maidstone Hospital amid stories he had a fake doctor’s ID.

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

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

It’s 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 gaggle of people that met on the hospital in 15 June in the early hours

They steered he had been pretending to be a doctor 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 area, the man was detained and later passed into the care of Dwelling Office Immigration enforcement officers.”

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

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

“The matter is now in the arms of the related authorities and our staff have been thanked for their diligence.”