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Angry protestors mob Matthew Kershaw at consultation on Lewisham A&E and maternity ward closure

Angry protestors mob Matthew Kershaw at consultation on Lewisham A&E and maternity ward closure

Matthew Kershaw, NHS trust special administrator, was greeted with angry boos and cries of “shame” yesterday, as he met with people in Lewisham to hear their views on the proposals to shut Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units. Kershaw arrived at the Calabash Centre on George Lane and had to be…

Eastlondonlines says: Save Lewisham A&E and maternity units – nine days left to give your view on hospital plans

Eastlondonlines says: Save Lewisham A&E and maternity units – nine days left to give your view on hospital plans

Eastlondonlines today declares its support for the campaign to stop the closure of both the A&E and maternity units at Lewisham Hospital. We believe that it is important for local communities to have good access to vital health services such as accident and emergency, and maternity units. We believe the…

New Cross teachers showcase their ‘Mos for charity

New Cross teachers showcase their ‘Mos for charity

On Friday 30 November, the Hobgoblin pub in New Cross was filled with ‘taches to rival the cast of Ashes to Ashes. Post-work drinkers looked over their shoulders, half expecting Gene Hunt to stroll through the door at any time. These moustachioed men were, in fact, teachers from Hatcham College in…

“They can’t take our A&E” – Campaigners against closure plans call for occupation of Lewisham hospital

“They can’t take our A&E” – Campaigners against closure plans call for occupation of Lewisham hospital

Campaigners gathered yesterday for a meeting urging the public to support workers’ action in a bid to save Lewisham A&E and maternity units. Local residents, hospital workers and union members were among those at the Catford Broadway Theatre on  “super Wednesday”. The day earned its nickname as action to stop…

Babies beat bullies by teaching empathy to students

Babies beat bullies by teaching empathy to students

Babies are being used as part of a new anti-bullying initiative in primary schools around Lewisham and Croydon. The toddler tutors scheme is part of the Roots of Empathy program, which has seen wide success in schools all over the world. It has now been brought to England and the…

Huge protest against planned Lewisham A&E closure

Huge protest against planned Lewisham A&E closure

Thousands of protesters braved the rain on Saturday to demonstrate against the planned closure of Lewisham A&E and maternity units. Despite the bad weather conditions, it has been estimated that nearly
 15,000 people attended the rally and spirits remained high all
 afternoon. The demonstration, organised by the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign,…

ELL LIVE BLOG: Residents march to save Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units from closure

ELL LIVE BLOG: Residents march to save Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units from closure

Demonstrators protested at the plans for the closure of Lewisham A&E and maternity units by joining hands around the hospital last Saturday. The demonstration, organised by the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign started at Loampit Vale roundabout at 2pm and arrived at Lewisham hospital where everyone, “held hands around our hospital”. Eastlondonlines live…

Bow rehabilitation centre at risk of closure as funds dry up

Bow rehabilitation centre at risk of closure as funds dry up

A specialised gym that serves hundreds of people suffering with long-term illnesses and injuries faces closure if it fails to find funding. Ability Bow, Tower Hamlets, was put under threat when its contract with the NHS, which made up 40 per cent of its budget, ended in March. Although they…

Lewisham Hospital ‘backdoor’ consultation slammed

Lewisham Hospital ‘backdoor’ consultation slammed

The public consultation process on the fate of Lewisham Hospital…

Residents to get tested for HIV and hepatitis

Residents to get tested for HIV and hepatitis

Get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C Hackney residents are being urged. Over 1,300 people in Hackney are estimated to be HIV positive and a similar number have been found to suffer from hepatitis B and C.…