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Save A&E and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital

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30 November 2012



Click the petition above to put your name to the campaign to retain A&E and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital

As many will have seen on the news, proposals were announced yesterday to significantly cut services at Lewisham Hospital. The proposals include closing the A&E and replacing it with an urgent care centre. Options are being consulted upon about the future of maternity services. One option is to have an obstetrics-led maternity unit at Lewisham. Another option is to centralise all obstetric-led deliveries at four sites in South East London, not including Lewisham (Kings, St Thomas’, QEII in Woolwich and the PRU in Farnborough).

These proposals have been made by the Special Administrator to the South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT), Matthew Kershaw. Mr Kershaw was appointed to SLHT earlier this summer to resolve the serious financial problems that have developed at the three hospitals in Woolwich, Sidcup and Farnborough. He produced a draft report yesterday which will be consulted upon over the next 6 weeks. You can access his report visited the Office of the Trust Special Administrator’s website here

I am extremely concerned about these proposals. I don’t see why Lewisham should pay the price for financial failures elsewhere in the NHS. I believe the A&E departments at other hospitals such as Kings and Woolwich are already at capacity and I am very concerned about the impact that the proposed changes could have on patient safety. I also believe local mums should be able to have their babies in their local hospital and that it is just wrong to ask women and their families to travel to unfamiliar places to give birth.

The services at Lewisham Hospital are absolutely vital to 250,000 residents across the borough. Yesterday I set up a petition which calls for a full, admitting A&E and full maternity service to be retained at Lewisham. You can sign the petition by clicking here

I will also be speaking at a public meeting about the proposals next Thursday (8 November 2012). The meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm and will take place at the Lessoff Auditorium, Lewisham Hospital. All are welcome to attend.

We have a huge fight on our hands and the community needs to be clear in its opposition to these proposals. Please consider sharing this petition with your friends and family.


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