CLOSURE OF THE NEW CROSS WALK-IN CENTRE POSTPONED
The Save Lewisham hospital campaign opposes the proposed closure of the New Cross Walk-in Centre based at the Waldron Health Centre.
The CCG HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL DELAY THE CLOSURE UNTIL 31 MARCH. Read the CCG report on the consultation here.
According to the CCG 82% of respondents opposed the closure. Following interventions from the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and local Councillors, the CCG is therefore delaying the decision for further consideration.
The Save Lewisham hospital campaign is opposing the proposed closure of the New Cross Walk-in Centre based at the Waldron Health Centre. Read the CCG consultation document here. We are opposing the closure this for a number of reasons. Firstly, the consultation has not been publicised widely enough nor does the online consultation give opportunities for people to express their views in a meaningful way. Secondly it is clear from the CCG’s arguments for the closure that it is purely financially led. Thirdly while we recognise that extra provision has been made for patients registered with a GP at Lewisham Hospital, we feel that local people, including patients and GPs, should have been given genuine opportunities to to contribute to different ideas about how to reprovision a local service so that it would better meet the needs of local people. People living and working in the North of the borough clearly need such a walk-in facility We are also concerned about the needs of unregistered patients who need those services and who will be unable to access the Lewisham Hospital based GP service.
We are therefore recommending that people take part in the consultation. Access the online consultation here. For the reasons above and many others, the campaign says no to the Walk in Centre proposed closure decision. We have discussed the issue thoroughly and feel that In particular to give local people further time to contribute the closure plan should be halted.
Read our letter to the CCG here
Following our letter, we met with the CCG. Read the CCG reply here
At our recent meeting we listed several questions that in our view remain outstanding. Read here