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Lewisham Healthcare Trust rejects A&E closure

Lewisham Healthcare Trust rejects A&E closure

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust has released a draft response to the ‘transformation recommendations’ that could force their A&E and maternity units to close, rejecting proposals put forward by the Trust Special Administrator. The Healthcare Trust stressed that the consultation process carried out by the TSA had made it “impossible to…

Politicians speak out against Lewisham Hospital closures

Politicians speak out against Lewisham Hospital closures

  Two weeks ago more than 10,000 people joined a protest march against the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units. Over 30,000 signatures were handed to Downing Street in a petition on Friday and the debate has even reached a national level with high profile figures such as…

Campaigners submit petition to Downing Street in support of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units

Campaigners submit petition to Downing Street in support of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units

Over 30,000 signatures have been handed into 10 Downing Street today, in protest against the proposed closure of Lewisham A&E and maternity units. Consultants and doctors from Lewisham Hospital joined Heidi Alexander, Labour MP for Lewisham-East, as she presented 32,186 signatures to the Prime Minister. Joan Ruddock, Labour MP for…

Greenwich Council declares its support for Lewisham A&E

Greenwich Council declares its support for Lewisham A&E

In a major new development, Greenwich Council has finally rejected the proposed closure of Lewisham A&E – a move that campaigners have been calling for since consultation began. However, they remain ambiguous regarding recommendation to reduce maternity services, saying that “clinicians themselves appear divided” on the issue. A detailed statement…

Leukaemia patient sparks minority bone marrow drive

Leukaemia patient sparks minority bone marrow drive

A Forest Hill woman being treated for leukaemia at Lewisham Hospital has sparked a bone marrow donation drive – drawing attention to a serious lack of donors from minority ethnic backgrounds. Bengu Shail, 34, who is a case studies officer for Macmillan Cancer Support, has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Although there…

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…