Lewisham Hospital was founded in the 19th Century but its origins go back further than that. If the Coalition Government gets its way though, it may not exist for much longer, at least its accident and emergency department may not. University Hospital Lewisham
as it is now known is located conveniently between Catford and Lewisham town centre.
According to a leaflet distributed to doctors' surgeries in the borough: "A 'special administrator' has been appointed by the government to suggest ways to pay massive debts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich...and Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley".
And the way to do this is to shut down the accident and emergency unit at another hospital?
The consequences of this are spelt out in the leaflet, and also on a dedicated website
set up to fight this closure. Another website, Lewisham Keep Our NHS Public has a section dedicated
to the same.
There is also a public meeting at the hospital on Thursday, November 8 at 6pm and a demonstration on Saturday, November 24 at 2pm.
Doctors and at least one MP will attend the former. More details from the above websites.