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

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS said the person had no contact with sufferers and did not access 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 person had overstayed his visa.

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

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

They instructed 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 connection with an immigration offence.

“Aged 35 and from the Maidstone area, the person was detained and later passed into the care of Dwelling Office Immigration enforcement officers.”

A hospital spokesman said: “We are able to assure the public that none of our sufferers had been involved in any way.

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

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