SE London NHS changes – public meeting at The Valley tonight

Lewisham Council adYou’ve probably heard by now of the dramatic changes planned to local NHS services following the financial failure of the South London NHS Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Woolwich Common.

The plans include the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E unit and replacing it with a 24-hour urgent care centre, as well as the possible shutdown of its maternity unit. Whether QEH will be able to cope with the influx is a question which hasn’t yet been answered…

There’s a public meeting about the plans tonight at The Valley – trust special administrator Matthew Kershaw, who drew up the plans, is expected to be there. It runs from 7pm-9pm – past meetings have been heated affairs and packed out, so try to get along early.

For more on the consultation, which ends on 13 December, see the TSA website. For more on the campaign to protect Lewisham’s hospital services, see Save Lewisham Hospital. There’s also coverage on this site’s opinionated sister, 853, as well as at Brockley Central.)