The NHS has reassured sufferers after a person was arrested at Maidstone Hospital amid reports he had a pretend doctor’s ID.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS said the man had no contact with sufferers and did not entry secure areas, after details 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 man had overstayed his visa.

It is understood the alleged fake ID may 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 doctor to attempt to impress somebody 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 Workplace Immigration enforcement officers.”

A hospital spokesman said: “We can assure the general public that none of our sufferers have been concerned in any way.

“At no level did the alleged particular person have any contact with sufferers or entry any secure areas of the hospital.

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