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Giving birth in Lewisham’s threatened maternity ward

Giving birth in Lewisham’s threatened maternity ward

A newborn baby’s first, silence-shattering cry is something that never leaves you. It’s a sound that rings through the corridors of Lewisham Hospital’s maternity unit, where four and a half thousand of London’s babies will be born in the next year alone. There, mothers-to-be are placed in a relaxed environment…

Lions back save Lewisham A&E campaign as Saturday matchday moved to avoid clash with protest

Lions back save Lewisham A&E campaign as Saturday matchday moved to avoid clash with protest

Millwall Football Club have joined the fight to help save Lewisham A&E. The Lions have decided to move Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Aston Villa to Friday night to avoid clashing with the Save the A&E demonstration on Saturday. Millwall staff and Zampa the Lion will be in…

Future of Lewisham A&E is debated in Parliament

Future of Lewisham A&E is debated in Parliament

Local MP Heidi Alexander brought the campaign to save Lewisham A&E to Westminster today, in a bid to push the campaign to the forefront of political consideration. Addressing ministers, Alexander said: “Children who are hurt, the elderly who have had a bad fall; they don’t disappear into thin air, they…

Lewisham A&E to be debated in parliament next week

Lewisham A&E to be debated in parliament next week

Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander has announced that she has secured a 90 minute parliamentary debate over the recommended closures of Lewisham A&E and maternity unit. Since the proposals to reduce Lewisham’s admitting A&E to a non-admitting urgent care centre were announced by the government-appointed Trust Special Administrator on November 2,…

Lewisham MPs challenge health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s power to close emergency department and maternity unit

Lewisham MPs challenge health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s power to close emergency department and maternity unit

Fourteen south London MPs met with Jeremy Hunt yesterday to challenge whether the NHS Trust Special Administrator actually has the power to make recommendations that would see the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department. Heidi Alexander, Labour MP for Lewisham East, met with the secretary of state for health last…

BBC Question Time broadcasts from Goldsmiths amid protests from Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners

Hundreds of students, hospital workers, residents and union members gathered outside Goldsmiths last night ahead of BBC’s Question Time to protest against the Trust Special Administrator’s final report that advocates closing Lewisham A&E. Helmut Heib, the secretary of Save Lewisham Hospital, led the crowd outside the Richard Hoggart Building in chants that included: “No ifs, […]

BBC Question Time to broadcast from Goldsmiths

BBC Question Time to broadcast from Goldsmiths

Protesters from the ‘Save Lewisham A&E’ campaign will be fighting to have their questions answered by key political figures when BBC One’s Question Time comes to Goldsmiths, University of London later today. Members of the Lewisham branch of the advocacy group Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) have organised a rally…

Body created to rescue South London NHS finances given £1million by DoH after exceeding budget by 25 per cent

Body created to rescue South London NHS finances given £1million by DoH after exceeding budget by 25 per cent

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the body brought in to deal with overspending within the South London Healthcare NHS Trust has gone 25 per cent over its own budget. The request, placed by Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Maines on November 22, revealed that on December 18 the…

ELL’s guide to recycling your festive season waste

ELL’s guide to recycling your festive season waste

When all the festive fun has been had, and you’re surrounded by torn wrapping paper, leftovers and a slightly sad looking Christmas tree, you’ll need to start working out how to get rid of it all (if only to make room for all the glass recycling that New Year’s Eve…

ELL’s guide to festive travel across the boroughs

ELL’s guide to festive travel across the boroughs

For another year running public transport will be free on New Years Eve, but there will be plenty of disruption for the rest of the festive season. Eastlondonlines brings you a day-by-day breakdown of how to move around our boroughs this winterval. December 24: - Tubes will run a Saturday…