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

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS said the person had no contact with patients and didn’t entry secure areas, after details 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 because the person had overstayed his visa.

It is 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 bunch of people that met on the hospital in 15 June in the early hours

They prompt 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 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 Home Workplace Immigration enforcement officers.”

A hospital spokesman said: “We are able to guarantee the general public that none of our patients have been involved in any way.

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

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