New Cross Walk-In Centre threatened with closure

There's still a couple of weeks to give your views on proposals to close the NHS Walk-in Centre at the Waldron Health Centre in New Cross. The Walk-in opened in March 2010 and offers appointments with a GP 'for patients who are unable to get an appointment with their GP with a minor injury or ...

Lewisham health visiting threatened by Jeremy Hunt’s cuts

Health visiting and school nursing services are facing cuts in Lewisham as a result of a £4.7 million reduction in the public health grant that the Council receives from central government. Lewisham Council is consulting on how it will make these cuts (consultation here - closes 14 August), and local NHS campaigners Save Lewisham Hospital ...

NHS Pay Protest at Lewisham Hospital, St Thomas’ & St George’s – 5 June 2014

On 5 June health workers across the country will be taking part in a day of action protesting the Government’s decision to refuse a 1% pay rise to the majority of NHS staff. The pay rise was  recommended by the Independent NHS Pay Review body but rejected by Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Many health ...

We live in cities you always see on screen: Medicating Lewisham

Yet another South London NHS reality TV show coming up. Hot on the heels of last year's 24 Hours in A&E (filmed at Kings in Camberwell) and Bedlam (filmed opposite it at the Maudsley), Channel 5 'have announced The Surgery: Medicating Lewisham, a series which will take us to the heart of the doctors’ surgery. ...

Political Graffiti – ‘Save our NHS’ and ‘Homes for the People’

Some recent political graffiti spotted round and about.'Homes for the people not profiteers'Next to the site entrance for the controversial proposed Convoys Wharf development on the Deptford riverfront (opposite the Dog & Bell on Prince Street, SE8):'Save Lewisham Hospital from SERCO - Scrap PFI, put People Before Profit'on hoardings around building site where once the Maypole ...

Question Time in New Cross and the ongoing campaign to save the NHS

BBC Question Time was broadcast from Goldsmiths in New Cross last week, as it was in January 2013. At that time the campaign against the closure of services at Lewisham Hospital was at its peak, and there was a lively demonstration outside as well as  a determined presence inside which made sure the issue was ...

World AIDS Day – 1500+ living with HIV in Lewisham

Today is World AIDS Day, so a good point to recall that 'more than 1,500 people are known to be living with the HIV infection in Lewisham – that’s one of the highest rates in the UK. And many more are likely to be infected without knowing' (Lewisham Council). In fact, 'The rate of HIV infection in ...

Celebrations at Lewisham Hospital as Government Loses Appeal

Celebrations outside Lewisham Hospital tonight, following the Court of Appeal's ruling today that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt did not have power to implement cuts  to maternity and emergency services at Lewisham Hospital. Of course the High Court had ruled to this effect earlier in the year, but the Government had appealed the decision - thankfully ...

Immunisation saves lives – so just do it

Here's a table from the British Medical Journal from 100 years ago (16 August 1913 to be precise). It is an analysis of deaths in London in the second quarter of that year, i.e. April to June. Note that in that three month period there were 549 deaths from measles in London, including 285 in ...

History Corner: medical negligence in 1920s Deptford

In the 1920s a New Cross doctor was involved in a tragedy that led to his prosecution for manslaughter. Dr Percy Bateman lived at 423 New Cross Road and in July 1924 he was called in by a midwife to assist in a difficult childbirth. The mother, Mary Ann Harding, 'was the wife of a ...