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Protect Yourself and Those Who Can’t Get Vaccinated

This year, World Immunisation Week runs from 24-30 April and highlights the importance of vaccinating young children against diseases.

NHS Lewisham CCG Supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2018

In Lewisham, 10% of cancer related deaths are caused by bowel cancer, that’s why, GPs in Lewisham are supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Bank Holiday Easter Pharmacy Opening Times

Find out which Pharmacy Services are open over Easter Weekend 2018

TB Screening in Lewisham

World Tuberculosis Day takes place on Saturday 24 March, it is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease.

How we use your information

Health and social care services need to share some of your information so that you can receive the best possible care.

The NHS Walk-in Centre, New Cross will close on Saturday 31st March 2018

The NHS Walk-in Centre, New Cross will close on Saturday 31st March 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging women to become more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer this month because they are easily missed!

Lewisham Health Lectures are BACK!

The Safe Sex & Contraception Lecture, part of a series of events will empower and inform young people to make the best decision if they decide to have sex.

Act F.A.S.T to save lives

The quicker people get help for someone who has had a suspected stroke, the better their chance of recovery, say GPs in Lewisham.

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of on The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018.

One You can help you shape up in 2018

Start the fight back to a healthier you, with help from One You.

We are seeking experiences of adults with autism in Lewisham

We would like to hear views of adults with autism about accessing a range of public services and your suggestions about how these services can improve user experience

Lewisham CCG make Sugar Smart pledge

Sugar Smart Lewisham is a joint campaign with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the food charity Sustain to tackle the issue that we consume too much sugar.

Help raise awareness of cervical cancer by supporting the SmearForSmear campaign

Healthcare professionals across south east London are urging women to go to their smear test appointments when invited to combat a decline in attendance.

Free support to help stop smokers in Lewisham

The Stop Smoking Service has developed a quit tool that you can use from your phone, tablet or PC.

Governing Body decision on the future of the New Cross Walk-in Centre

NHS Lewisham CCG has today agreed recommendations to allow the contract for the Walk-in Centre in New Cross to expire.

Lewisham doctors urges parents to bin the sugary snacks this January

Lewisham GPs and Public Health are calling on parents to 'look for 100 calorie snacks, and only two a day max' during January to combat continue the battle to reduce childhood obesity in the borough.

High level of demand at Lewisham and other local hospitals

University Hospital Lewisham and other local hospitals are currently experiencing a very high level of demand. .

Pharmacies on hand to help this winter

The over 65s and people with long-term conditions are being encouraged to Stay Well this Winter by taking advantage of free flu jabs and keeping in touch with their local pharmacy if they feel poorly.

Bottom’s up to a Dry January

Sign up for Dry January and abstain from alcohol for the next month.

Sharing your care record to get you faster, safer, more effective support and treatment

Health and care organisations across south east London are working to improve your care by connecting two successful electronic care record systems.

Pharmacy opening times over the festive period 2017

If you need to go to your pharmacy over the festive period, please check to see which ones are open

Mental Health Crisis Line

Patients can now access Lewisham's mental health crisis line via the Single Point of Access (SPA) one number- 02083147777.

Research study wins award

A midwifery research study has been awarded the Most Innovative Collaboration by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South London (CLAHRC).

Accountable officer appointed by five CCGs in south east London

Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have today announced the appointment of Andrew Bland as their single Accountable Officer.

Loneliness is as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is celebrating international day of persons with disabilities (December 3) by encouraging local residents to say hello, offer a friendly cup of tea or lend a hand to a neighbour with a disability.

Take care of yourself this winter

Winter can be seriously bad for our health but there are a number of things you can do to keep your family and yourself well this winter.

Get tested this World AIDS Day

NHS Lewisham CCG is raising awareness and encouraging self-testing for HIV this World AIDS Day, 1st December 2017.

Health and Care Devolution for Lewisham

Lewisham is one of five devolution pilots across London led by the Lewisham Health and Care Partners (LHCP).

Global AF Aware Week 20-16 November 2017

During the AF Association Global AF Aware Week, from 20 – 26 November 2017, free pulse check events will be running across London.

Governing Body – Chair’s Summary Video

Dr Marc Rowland summarises the NHS Lewisham CCG Governing Body meeting on 9 November 2017

Keep Antibiotics Working – Antibiotic Awareness Week (13th to 19th November)

5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.

NHS Lewisham CCG statement regarding proposed changes to prescribing in Lewisham

Our Governing Body yesterday (9 November 2017) agreed to change prescribing guidelines for selected over the counter medicines and anti-malarial medicines.

Take care of your self

Home is where most of us want to be when we're ill. Yet many people still visit the GP or A&E for conditions that could be treated at home.

Movember helps raise awareness of men’s health

A hairy upper lip is preferable to a stiff upper lip as part of Movember, the annual awareness campaign highlighting men's health.

Members of the Governing Body for NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group reached the following decision

Members of the Governing Body for NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group reached the following decision:

Consultation regarding proposed changes to prescribing in Lewisham has ended

Our consultation regarding proposed changes to prescribing in Lewisham has now ended.

​Now's the time for your flu vaccine

Don't put off having a flu vaccination – it's free because you need it.

National Arthritis Week 12-19 October 2017

National Arthritis Week (October 12-19) is highlighting the problem and says one-in-four people live with the condition in the UK, managing their condition with a combination of pain killers and anti-rheumatic drugs.

Modern day slavery in London – Your Duty to identify and protect victims

Modern day slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people. Forced labour servitude and slavery.

NHS Lewisham CCG AGM 2017

Thank you for coming to our AGM.

CQC Report into Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today (17 August)CQC Report into Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust published its report into Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust following the Trust-wide inspection carried out in March 2017.

Thrive LDN - improving Londoner's mental health and wellbeing

Join the citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

Join as at Lewisham People’s Day

On Saturday 8 July, Lewisham CCG will be participating in Lewisham People's Day – and we would love you to come and say hello.

Our Healthier Lewisham

Interested in the future of your health and care services? Come to an event for residents to find out more about plans for local health and care services in Lewisham and across south east London.

Carers Week 12 - 17 June 2017

Carers Week is all about reminding people of the tireless dedication of carers and the positive impact of their thankless work.

Diabetes Week 2017

Diabetes Week, 11 – 17 June, is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of the condition and to increase our understanding of what can cause it and how to prevent it.

Join our Public Reference Group!

We want local people to apply to join our Public Reference Group.

Care Plus Partnership Learning Review

Care Plus Partnership was a CCG funded organisation providing care and treatment to adults with acquired brain injury that went into voluntary administration in February 2016.

Governing Body Meeting - Chair's Summary

Our Governing Body meeting took place at Cantilever House on Thursday 9 March.

Accessing GP Online Services

Every GP practice in Lewisham now offers online access, enabling you to perform a range of services via your computer, tablet or mobile.

Governing Body Meeting - Chair's Summary

Our Governing Body meeting took place at Cantilever House on Thursday 12th January.

Get the right help with NHS Health Help Now

​Finding the right treatment for you, at the right time and place just got that much easier. Download the Health Help Now app or visit online.

Be Food Smart - Handy New App by Change4life

​The UK consumes nearly three times more sugar than the maximum daily recommendation. To tackle this Change4Life have developed the Be Food Smart app.

NHS Lewisham CCG appoints external auditors

​NHS Lewisham CCG has appointed KPMG as its local external auditors from 1 April 2017 for a period of three years with the option to extend for a further two.

Need a New Year's Resolution? Dry January!

Save money, lose weight and sleep better this New Year by giving up alcohol for the month of January.

Stay Well This Winter

Winter came early in 2016 with a late November cold snap registering below freezing temperatures across the UK. Stay Well This Winter aims to help you prepare for the remainder of the winter season.

New asthma toolkit to help improve care for children with asthma in South East London

A new asthma toolkit has been launched in Lewisham to support health professionals, schools, parents and care to provide the best care for children and young people with the condition in London.

Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is recruiting for a Governing Body Lay Member

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has an exciting opportunity for a Lay Member to play an important part in governing and developing the CCG.

Senior Registered Nurse required for Lewisham CCG Governing Body

​NHS Lewisham CCG wishes to appoint an experienced nurse to serve on its Governing Body, to shape and develop delivery of local healthcare strategy.

Understanding Self Care for Life - Self Care Week 2016

​Self-Care Week returns this year from 14 – 20th November under the theme of health literacy and with a focus on self-care across communities, families and generations.

Croydon Tram Incident – Wednesday 9 November 2016

Following the incident involving a derailed tram in Croydon this morning, patients continue to be treated at both Croydon Health Services and St George’s Hospital.

Sustainability and Transformation Plan

The south east London Sustainability and Transformation plan has now been published.

Movember 2016

It's that time of the year again and the world's largest men's health movement is gearing up for another worldwide assault on upper lips.

Stay Well

With the temperature dropping in recent weeks, autumn is well and truly upon us – which means that bugs like the flu are on the rise. GPs in Lewisham are encouraging local residents to make su​re they stay well.

World Arthritis Day 2016

World Arthritis Day is back to help raise awareness, influence public policy and to otherwise provide support to the 350 million people worldwide who suffer from rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease.

Kick the habit and raise money for charity

Stoptober is back and is urging smokers to join in the challenge that saw over 215,000 people take part in 2015.

Commissioning of Local GP practice services in Lewisham CCG

The Primary Care Joint Committee of NHS Lewisham CCG and NHS England will meet in public to undertake their responsibilities in respect of planning, commissioning and contracting general practice services on the evening of Thursday 20 October 2016.

Working together for better health – our AGM

Our AGM on 15 September was a positive event with around 90 people attending. Thank you to everyone who came.

NHS Lewisham CCG encourages people to get informed during urology awareness month

Urology Awareness Month takes place throughout September, and is an opportunity to look at some of those overlooked yet common conditions that are often not spoken about.

Don’t take risks with your health. Know Your Numbers!

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) encourages residents to take advantage free blood pressure checks during the awareness week called Know Your Numbers!

Book your place at our AGM

We would be delighted if you could join us at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 September

Get prepared for August bank holiday

With the bank holiday fast approaching - GP's in Lewisham are reminding local people to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions over the August bank holiday

Pharmacy opening hours this bank holiday

Pharmacy opening hours this bank holiday (29 August)

Lewisham is baby friendly

Unicef, the children’s charity, has recognised Lewisham with its prestigious Level 3 Baby Friendly Award, the highest level attainable.

NHS 111 is changing

Throughout England, local NHS 111 services are currently being redesigned so that 111 is a single point of contact for urgent care services from Autumn 2017.

Persistent cough or breathlessness - get it checked out, say Lewisham GPs

GPs across Lewisham are backing a new public health campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting respiratory problems checked out to rule out underlying health problems.

Lewisham GPs join forces in support of World Breastfeeding Week

GPs in Lewisham are joining the global movement to highlight the importance of breastfeeding in giving children the best start in life and setting a path for future wellbeing during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August).

Local GPs call on Lewisham residents to support World Hepatitis Day

On 28 July, Lewisham GPs are encouraging local residents to join the fight against viral hepatitis in support of World Hepatitis Day (WHD).

Lewisham is getting hot!

Lewisham may experience "heatwave" conditions over the next few days, according to Met Office forecasts.

Commissioning of Local GP practice services in NHS Lewisham CCG

The PCJC of NHS Lewisham CCG and NHS England will meet in public on Thursday 18 August 2016.

First London wide health app launches for young people in Lewisham

A new health mobile application and website has been launched to help young people in Lewisham take control over their health from an early age

Lewisham's lovely legs shortlisted for Nursing Times award

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)'s 'Lovely Legs' programme, which has increased healing rates for people with leg ulcers, has been nominated for a Nursing Times Award 2016.

GPs in Lewisham are supporting Health Information Week 2016

Health Information Week, takes place between July 4-10, encourages families, schools, workplaces and other organisations to spread the word about the best sources of good quality healthcare advice and to promote a healthy community.

Summer health advice – get prepared

When it's too hot for too long there are health risks

Come and meet us at Lewisham People's Day - 9 July 2016

Come and pay a visit to NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at Lewisham People's Day on July 9th.

Diabetes programme shortlisted for HealthCare Transformation award

NHS Lewisham CCG's Innovation in Diabetes care has been nominated for an award at The Healthcare Transformation Awards hosted by NHS Clinical Commissioners and Health + Care.

GPs in Lewisham are supporting Breathe Easy Week 2016

This year's Breathe Easy Week takes place between 13-19 June, and will focus on breathlessness and pneumonia.

Lewisham GP and pharmacist exchange programme shortlisted for HSJ award

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group's, 'Walk in my shoes' programme has successfully been shortlisted for a HSJ Patient Safety 2016 award

Men's Health Week. How do you beat stress

The theme of Men's Health Week this year is 'beat stress'.

Lewisham GPs set the record straight during Diabetes Awareness Week

Lewisham GPs are encouraging local people to find out the truth about diabetes

Commissioning of GP services in Lewisham

The Primary Care Joint Committee of NHS Lewisham CCG and NHS England will meet in public to undertake their responsibilities in respect of planning, commissioning and contracting general practice services on the evening of Wednesday 29 June 2016.

Lewisham CCG talks to local residents at the Phoenix Festival

Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to thank all the Lewisham residents who visited our stall at the Phoenix Festival this weekend.

Lewisham GPs encourage residents to open up about dementia

GPs in Lewisham are encouraging local people who are worried about dementia to confront their fears during Dementia Awareness Week from 15-21 May.

GPs in Lewisham are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 16 to 22 May and it ​is focused on relationships.

Lewisham CCG celebrates practice nurses on International Nurses Day 2016

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group celebrated International Nurses Day 2016 with a reception for all the practice nurses across the borough.

Feedback sought on new toolkit to improve children’s asthma care

A new asthma toolkit is being developed to support health professionals and schools in Lewisham to provide better care for children and young people asthma in London.

Pharmacy opening times during May Bank Holiday (2 May)

​If you need a pharmacy this bank holiday (Monday 2 May), check which ones are open first!

Need to call on the NHS this bank holiday weekend Save your time by getting it right

Need to call on the NHS this weekend? Save your time by getting it right, say Lewisham GPs

Planned industrial action by junior doctors

The BMA has announced plans for junior doctors to take industrial action on 26-28 April.

Lewisham GPs encourage local residents to take a stand against Parkinson’s

GPs across Lewisham are calling on local residents to support Parkinson's Awareness Week between 18 and 24 April to help raise awareness of the condition and the support available across the borough.

Stop terrorists and extremists online presence

Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.

GPs encourage local people to get to know their bowels

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and GPs in Lewisham are reminding local people to ensure they take part in regular screening.

New IT provider for GPs in Lewisham

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) can announce that North & East London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU) has been named as the preferred bidder to provide IT services for the borough’s GP practices as well as staff working for the CCG.

Commissioning of GP practice services in Lewisham

The Primary Care Joint Committee of NHS Lewisham CCG and NHS England will meet in public to undertake their responsibilities in respect of planning, commissioning and contracting general practice services on the evening of Thursday 28 April 2016.

Easter Bank Holiday 2016 pharmacy opening times in Lewisham

Need a pharmacy over the bank holiday weekend, check which ones are open first!

This Easter make sure you use A and E responsibly

With Easter just around the corner, NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is urging local patients to think before visiting their A&E department over the four day weekend.

South east London health committee to meet for first time

A committee set up to make decisions about the commissioning of health services in south east London will meet for the first time this month

Lewisham CCG supporting the One You campaign

March sees the launch of 'One You'; a new public health campaign supporting adults in choosing to lead healthier lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing long-term conditions in the future.

Be clear on cancer

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning (CCG) is joining with NHS organisations across the country this month to raise awareness of bladder and kidney cancer symptoms.

Almost 300 people in Lewisham living a life blighted by chronic smoking-related lung diseases

Residents who smoke are being warned about the risks of developing debilitating lung diseases if they do not kick the habit.

Local GPs get to the heart of the matter for National Heart Month

Local GPs get to the heart of the matter for National Heart Month

World Cancer Day 2016

World Cancer Day is a global event that takes place every year on 4 February in a bid to unite the world's population in the fight against cancer.

New NHS app to help cut A and E waiting times

Waiting in those never-ending queues at A&E could be a thing of the past, thanks to a new health app recently launched across south east London.

Help for dementia patients and their carers

NHS Lewisham CCG and SLaM produce information guide about the use of anti-psychotic medication in dementia

Get ‘sugar smart’ with free app

Parents and carers know that it's important to ensure their children don't consume too much sugar.

Lewisham Primary Care Joint Committee meeting

The Primary Care Joint Committees of the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in south east London (NHS Bexley CCG, NHS Bromley CCG, NHS Greenwich CCG, NHS Lambeth CCG, NHS Lewisham CCG and NHS Southwark CCG) and NHS England will meet in public

Bid booze goodbye, keep January dry

Doctors in Lewisham are supporting Dry January's 'bid booze goodbye, keep January dry' this year in order to raise awareness about excessive drinking.

Get support to go smoke-free in 2016

After the general excesses of the festive period, it's that time of year again when we're all looking to kick off our New Year resolutions.

Lewisham patients are seeing their pharmacist first

Getting the right help from the right place is especially important during the winter months, if you are suffering from a common illness you can get what you need at your local pharmacist.

Make sure you get the right NHS help this Christmas

Lewisham residents are being asked to consider how they use their local hospitals over the festive season, as doctors and nurses continue to provide round the clock care throughout one of the busiest times of the year.

Pharmacy opening times this festive period

If you need to go to your pharmacy over the festive period, please check to see which ones are open as times will vary in the lead up to Christmas and over New Year.

First 24 hour mental health support line launched

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has launched the first 24-hour mental health telephone support line to help people who are experiencing mental distress.

NHS Health Help Now App launched in Lewisham

NHS Lewisham CCG has launched a new mobile and online service to help people in Lewisham to understand where they should go for treatment, especially when they need health care in a hurry or late at night or at the weekend.

CQC review of Lewisham Diabetes Service

People with diabetes aged 18-65 and living in Lewisham are being invited to share their experiences to inform a national review.

Lewisham CCG Commissions Winter Team To Help Keep Elderly People Out Of A and E

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a pilot service to avoid unnecessary visits to A&E over the winter months.

Think positive RETHINK HIV

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December, this year the National AIDS Trust (NAT) is challenging people to rethink outdated stereotypes, challenge myths and be positive about HIV, with the 'Think Positive: Rethink HIV' campaign.

Lewisham Primary Care joint Committee

The Primary Care Joint Committees of the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in south east London and NHS England will meet in public to on 10 December 2015.

Appointments, Prescriptions And Patient Information Available On-Line

Patient Online services help patients to take greater control of their health and wellbeing by increasing access to services.

Self-Care-for-Life be-healthy-this-winter-

Did you know that it is usual for adults to have two to four colds a year while children are likely to have three to eight as their immune system is more susceptible to viral infections?

Are you making the most of your local pharmacy

Pharmacists across Lewisham will be reminding residents about the range of services available in local pharmacies during Ask Your Pharmacist Week this November.

Keep you and your family well this winter

It is important to stay well this winter and avoid unnecessary visits to hospital.

Join the Movember movement

​Movember, the month formerly known as ‘November’, launches its 2015 campaign encouraging men and women to sign up and grow a mo or commit to MOVE to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

Pharmacies in Lewisham offering Flu immunisations

Don't put off getting the flu vaccination, if you are eligible, get it now!

Lewisham GPs shine spotlight on mental health

Every year, around 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem, and yet the condition is still something that many people don't understand or want to talk about.

NHS Lewisham CCG confirms future of local A and E

NHS Lewisham CCG has written to Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, following work by the Our Healthier South East London programme to confirmed that there will be a local A&E:

Get a flu jab and stay well this winter

Parents of children aged two, three and four are being reminded that they can help protect their little ones from flu this winter with one simple free nasal spray.

Further details released on emerging plans for health services

More detail on ideas for improving health services in south east London has been released, and the public are being invited to give their views.

Know the symptoms of breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and one in eight women will develop the disease in their lifetime.

Lewisham CCG AGM - slides

The slides from NHS Lewisham CCG's AGM on 30 September 2015 are available to download.

Local Health Providers continue winning streak

The Lewisham Integrated Medicines Optimisation Service (LIMOS), commissioned by NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group and run by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, has been recognised in the Value in Healthcare Awards 2015.

Reaching out to those at risk of suicide

It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads someone to decide that suicide is the only course of action.

Childhood cancer awareness month

September is childhood cancer awareness month, a campaign led by charity Children with Cancer UK.

Lewisham CCG Appoints London’s First Nurse Consultant in Practice Nursing

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Nurse Consultant in practice nursing.

Stoptober 2015 - Sign up to now to give up smoking

Stoptober, the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, is returning next month and residents who smoke in Lewisham are being encouraged to consider signing up for it now.

All welcome to Lewisham CCG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 30 September from 12.30 to 4.30pm

Tell us what you think of 111

Around 26,000 calls are made to NHS 111 in south east London every month. And if you've used it, NHS Lewisham CCG wants to know what you think of the service.

Lewisham CCG seeks an independent external member to join its Audit Committee

NHS Lewisham CCG is seeking an independent external member to join its respected Audit Committee.

Free, specialist cancer information and support coming to Lewisham

Free, confidential support and information about cancer is coming to Lewisham on Thursday 3rd September, provided by specialists on board Macmillan Cancer Support's mobile service.

Lewisham Primary Care Joint Committee meeting in public

The Primary Care Joint Committees of the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in south east London and NHS England will meet in public on 29 September.

Use NHS services in Lewisham wisely this August bank holiday weekend

Plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines and use NHS services wisely if you have an urgent health problem over the August bank holiday weekend.

SAVE THE DATE Lewisham CCG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 30 September from 12.30 to 4.30pm.

Call For South East London Residents To Protect Against Malaria Before Travelling During Summer

South East London residents should protect themselves from the threat of malaria before they visit family and friends in countries affected by the tropical disease this summer.

Governing Body Lay Member for NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has an exciting opportunity for a Lay Member to play an important part in governing and developing the CCG.

Local doctors support breastfeeding week

World Breastfeeding Week 2015 (1-7 August) is once again supporting and empowering women to breastfeed. Whether women are working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, the week is all about women's right to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere.

Primary Care Joint Committee meeting papers now available

Papers for the Primary Care Joint Committee meeting on 6 August 2015 are now available.

Commissioning of local GP practice services - meeting in public 6 August

The Primary Care Joint Committees of the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in south east London and NHS England will meet in public to discuss the planning, commissioning and contracting of general practice services

Prevent hepatitis - it’s up to you

How to prevent against hepatitis is the focus of World Hepatitis Day this month.

Opportunities to join our Public Reference Group

We are seeking Lewisham members of the public to form our new Public Reference Group (PRG).

Keep the kids active this summer with the 10 Minute Shake Up

The final school bell will ring later this month, signalling the start of the summer holidays for many families.

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has won a coveted Patient Safety Award

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust won the HSJ Patient Safety Awards Managing Long Term Conditions category

NHS Lewisham CCG and Healthwatch Lewisham coming to People's Day

Come and meet NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group and Health watch Lewisham at People’s Day on 11 July.

One in three women who get breast cancer are over 70 - don’t assume you’re past it

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England with around 41,200 women diagnosed each year.

Stay safe in the heat

As the weather hots up this week GPs in Lewisham are encouraging people to make sure they protect themselves and their families in the heat.

Your Voice Counts says NHS Lewisham CCG

Lewisham residents are invited to help shape the future of the borough’s community-based health and care services at a ‘Your Voice Counts’ event, hosted by NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lewisham Council on Saturday 4 July 2015.

Meet us at Lewisham People’s Day - 11th July 2015

Join Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at Lewisham People's Day on 11 July.

Living well with diabetes in Lewisham

Diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle – but with the right help, information and care you can still get the most out of life.

Primary Care Joint Committee meeting - papers now available

Papers for the Primary Care Joint Committee meeting are now available to download.

SAVE THE DATE - 4 July 2015, Your Voice Counts

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 4 July 2015 for Your voice counts event by NHS Lewisham CCG

Health and social care challenges explored in south east London Issues Paper

The major challenges facing health and social care in south east London have been outlined in an Issues Paper released by the area’s health commissioners.

Lewisham NHS CCG publishes annual report and accounts

Lewisham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published its annual report and accounts for 2014/2015.

Lewisham Council on behalf of Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group are looking to procure a Primary Care Dietetics Service

Lewisham seek to commission an experienced and suitably qualified organisation to deliver a primary care dietetic service within Lewisham.

Transforming primary care in Lewisham

Primary care services and particularly local GP Surgeries are the first point of contact in the healthcare system for residents.

Patient participation awareness week

GPs in Lewisham are encouraging people to find out how they can get involved in improving local health services during patient participation awareness week which runs between June 1 and June 6.

Reducing medicine waste in Lewisham

NHS Lewisham CCG new campaign 'It's okay to ask about medicines' launches today Monday 18 May in a bid to tackle unnecessary medicine waste.

The first meeting of the South East London Primary Care Joint Committee

Public are invited to attend the first meeting of the South East London Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee.

Lewisham Community Pharmacy Opening Hours

Check which community pharmacies in Lewisham are open this May Bank Holiday

Support dementia awareness week in Lewisham

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging residents to support dementia awareness week this month and help spread the word that life doesn't end when dementia begins.

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group puts the spotlight on health at the Phoenix Festival

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was out in force at the Phoenix Festival in Downham on Saturday 10 May.

NHS Lewisham CCG LIMOS shortlisted for four awards

NHS Lewisham CCG and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have been shortlisted for four awards in the the annual Patient Safety Awards organised by Health Service Journal (HSJ) and the Nursing Times.

Lewisham CCG Board of Governors is recruiting for a Lay Member

Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body Lay Member role for Public and Patient Involvement

Help reduce medicines waste in Lewisham

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group's new campaign 'It's okay to ask about medicines' launches on 18 May in a bid to tackle unnecessary medicine waste.

Dementia is Everyone’s Business!

Come along to our free dementia awareness event on Monday 18 May, 10am - 4pm at Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, SE6 4RU.

NHS Lewisham CCG supports Mental Health Awareness Week

GPs in Lewisham are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week this month which runs from Monday 11 May to Sunday 17 May.

Mindfulness and Well-being breakfast showcase event

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Maudsley Charity Fundraising team are delighted to invite you to join us for our Mindfulness and Well-being breakfast showcase.

Don’t just go to A and E this May bank holiday

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding local patients that A&E is for life-threatening illnesses only ahead of the May bank holiday weekend.

Pharmacy opening times in Lewisham over Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2015

Pharmacy opening times in Lewisham over Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2015

Please tell us about your experiences of local healthcare

Are you from one of our African and Caribbean communities in Lewisham and do you have a long term medical condition? If so, we would love to hear from you to find out your experiences of health care in Lewisham.

Use A and E responsibly this Easter

With Easter just around the corner, NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is urging local patients to think before visiting their A&E department over the four day weekend.

NHS Continuing Healthcare Refreshed Redress Guidance

NHS England has published revised guidance for NHS Continuing Healthcare Redress.

Don’t ignore bowel cancer, warn local doctors

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and GPs in NHS Lewisham CCG are reminding local men and women to ensure they take part in regular screening.

Pharmacy opening times Easter 2015 bank holiday

Pharmacy bank holiday opening times in Lewisham this Easter bank holiday

NHS Lewisham CCG Stakeholder newsletter available to download now

NHS Lewisham CCG Stakeholder newsletter available to download now

Open days for carers

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Quality in Health and Social Care - A People's Summit report published

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published a report following it's Quality in Health and Social Care: People's Summit.

Proud to be a Quitter!

GPs in Lewisham are urging people across the borough to take the first step in quitting smoking for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11th March.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in March to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. ​

Act FAST if you experience stroke symptoms

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Public Health England's annual 'Act Fast' campaign which aims to highlight the common symptoms of stroke and mini strokes.

Take ten minutes to change your life during heart month

Taking just 10 minutes each day to make tiny changes to your lifestyle can lower your risk of conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

Have you had heartburn for more than three weeks

Most people will experience heartburn at some point in their life – but if it happens most days for three weeks or more it's time to get some advice.

Help design better healthcare services in Lewisham

We want to make sure that people in south east London get the support and care they need and want. We are calling on Lewisham residents to join us at a workshop to tell us what matters most in staying healthy.

Take part in an online conversation with NHS England London

​Can you help NHS England London, to shape better community and social care services across the capital?

National Obesity Week 2015

GPs in Lewisham are encouraging people in the borough to consider looking at the small lifestyle changes they can make to either prevent or address obesity during National Obesity Awareness Week 2015.

Could you give up alcohol for 31 days

NHS Lewisham CCG is encouraging people in Lewisham to take part in Dry January from Thursday 1 January 2015 and take a month-long break from alcohol.

Reduce your family's sugar intake

From this month, parents can benefit from new tips and practical advice to help them reduce the amount of sugar their kids eat and drink during the day.

Choose well this Christmas

The London Ambulance Service has been receiving very high numbers of calls in recent weeks and is expecting to be under further pressure over the Christmas and New Year period.

Pharmacy bank holiday opening times - Christmas and the New Year 201/15

Find out which pharmacies are open over the Christmas and New Year period.

A and E won't kiss it better over the festive break

In the run up to the festive period NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding local people that A&E is for serious emergencies only.

Health and Care services workshop is cancelled

The interactive workshop on the future of health and care services in south east London ​which was due to take place on Friday 12 December for Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley has been cancelled.

Stop the spread of norovirus

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust says "think before you visit" to stop the spread of norovirus.

Be Brave, Don't Shave and help beat bowel cancer

This December, NHS Lewisham CCG is supporting Bowel Cancer UK's campaign urging men to ‘Be Brave, Don’t Shave’ and help beat bowel cancer with Decembeard.

Party People

We have teamed up with the London Ambulance Service and Mayor of London to help Londoners plan a great and safe party this festive season.

New Single point of access for district nursing and adult social care in Lewisham

From Tuesday 2nd December 2014, patients can access district nursing services, continence services and adult social care in Lewisham via a single point of access (SPA) on 020 8314 7777.

World Aids Day 2014 - 1 December

Local residents can show their support for World AIDS Day on Monday 1 December 2014 by getting tested for HIV and by wearing a red ribbon - the universal symbol for HIV, uniting with people around the world in the fight against HIV.

Made in Movember

Movember - the worldwide moustache growing phenomena with comic appeal – returns this month with a serious message for men's health.

Yellow men launch NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group winter campaign

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group launched the winter campaign in Lewisham High Street - Don't just go to A&E other services are available

Self Care for Life – be healthy this winter

Self care week promotes the importance of being prepared this winter when seasonal illnesses are more frequent, by treating minor ailments and illnesses at home and seeking the advice of your pharmacist as a first port of call.

Top doctors urge people not to store up health problems if “feeling under the weather"

The NHS has launched its national public awareness campaign in a bid to persuade people to seek advice early from their local pharmacist if they are ‘feeling under the weather’

Don’t just go to A and E

Your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department is under pressure because too many people turn up for treatment when it’s not a serious emergency.

Blood in your pee Speak to your GP

Every year, around 16,600 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer. Around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer in England each year, but this needn't be the case. Knowing what to look out for saves lives.

Lewisham LIMOS shortlisted for HSJ Award

Lewisham Integrated Medical Optimisation Service otherwise known as ‘LIMOS’ has been shortlisted for HSJ (Health Service Journal) Award for Managing Long-term Conditions.

Get flu safe in Lewisham

As winter approaches, it's now time for those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families, and get flu safe with a free flu jab.

Join the Stoptober Challenge this October!

The Stoptober challenge returns this month. The 28-day stop smoking challenge saw nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales sign up to Stoptober last year, pledging to stop smoking for 28 days.

Registered Nurse, Governing Body Member for NHS Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark CCGs

NHS Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark Clincal Commissioning Groups are recruiting for a Registered Nurse, Governing Body Member

Sexual Health Awareness Week 2014

It's Sexual Health Awareness Week from 15 to 21 September, and this year we're talking about emergency contraception.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2014

10 September 2014 was International Suicide Prevention Day.

Thank you for coming to our first Annual General Meeting

NHS Lewisham CCG held its first Annual General Meeting on 10 September. The meeting focused on working together and was hosted by Dr Marc Rowland Chair, and Martin Wilkinson Chief Officer.

Lewisham CCG invites residents to Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Come along to NHS Lewisham CCG's AGM on Wednesday 10 September at the Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford from 1pm onwards.

Happy Heads Festival at SLAM

Happy Heads Festival at SLAM​ South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) is hosting their first ever ‘Happy Heads’ festival this summer. It is an event dedicated to promoting the ‘five ways to well-being’ among local teenagers.

NHS England launch consultation on four clinical policies in specialised services

NHS England has launched (25 June 2014) a three-month public consultation on changes made to a number of its specialised services policies.

Heat Alert 2014

A 'level 2' heatwave alert has been issued by the MET Office today, which means there is a 60% probability of heatwave conditions between 0800 on Friday and 0800 on Sunday in parts of England, which includes the South East.

Heat safe July 2014

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling on local people to stay safe in the heat as temperatures rise in London.

An update on the care.data programme

NHS England has announced an extension to the proposed roll out of the care.data programme, which helps the NHS to get a complete picture of what is happening across health and social care and to plan services according to what works best.

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group publishes annual review and accounts June 2014

NHS Lewisham CCG has published its first annual report and accounts​. The report highlights some of the achievements of our commissioning work in our first year, along with the challenges that we need to address.

Carers Week 2014

This year Carers Week takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014 and centres on the idea of a Carers Quest – the greatest new drive to reach out to carers in the UK.

Diabetes Awareness Week 2014

This year the Diabetes Week theme is ‘i Can’. We know that diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. This Diabetes Week, Diabetes UK wants your stories of all the things you can do, and the challenges you’ve overcome.

Falls Awareness Week 2014

During Falls Awareness Week (16 – 22 June), we are raising awareness of what you can do to prevent a fall, and what you should do if one happens.

Dementia Awareness Week

NHS Lewisham CCG is teaming up with the Alzheimer's Society to support Dementia Awareness Week, 18-24 May 2014.

Have your say on sexual health services

The draft sexual health strategy for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham has been published and is open to consultation until 30 June.

You Only Die Once

During Dying Matters Awareness Week, we're encouraging everyone to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 12-18 May 2014 is anxiety, one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world, and we've partnered with the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of mental health and well-being issues.

Action on Stroke Month

The Stroke Association's Action on Stroke Month returns for the third time running this May. The theme for Action on Stroke Month 2014 is transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or mini-stroke.

Healthy shopping in Lewisham

Join in a free 'shopping for health' tour with a Lewisham Hospital dietitian - 10am, Friday 2 May 2014 at Sainsbury's, Sydenham, SE26

Let’s talk about bowel cancer

Our bowels aren’t always on the top of our list of things we choose talk about but April is bowel cancer awareness month so let’s get to it!

People's quality in healthcare summit 2014

Almost 100 local residents participated in Lewisham’s first people’s summit on quality in health and social care.

Clinical Commissioning goes live in Lewisham

1 April 2013 marks the beginning of a new era for health services in Lewisham when the new NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (Lewisham CCG) becomes the commissioner of most healthcare services for the population of Lewisham.

Here comes No Smoking Day! Have you thought about giving up

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 marks ‘No Smoking Day’, so right now is the perfect time for smokers across Lewisham to set their sights on quitting smoking.

Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is given the green light for authorisation

Lewisham clinicians have been given the green light to take control of the local NHS budget, following an announcement today by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB).

Judicial Review rules in favour of Lewisham Council and the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) welcomes the decision made today in the High Court and in particular the reference made by the Judge to Lewisham GP Commissioners being opposed to the TSA imposed service change proposals.

Business as usual at Lewisham Hospital

Services at Lewisham Hospital are very much open for business. Since the Secretary of State’s announcement on changes to services in south east London, many people think that some services have closed at Lewisham Hospital.

Get the best from your medicines

At least £2 million worth of medicines are wasted in south east London every year. Better medicine management could save millions of pounds which could be invested in other health.

Measles – make sure your children are immunised

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness. It can be very unpleasant and possibly lead to serious complications.

Diabetes Community Champions

Diabetes UK is looking for Black, Asian and minority ethnic volunteers in Lewisham who have good connections with their local community to come forward to be a part of an innovative project being funded by NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group.

Carers week 2013

People caring for a friend or relative can sometimes feel invisible and unrecognised by society.

Prospectus

NHS Lewisham CCG has produced a prospectus which outlines what we do, what our priorities are and how we plan, buy and monitor health services for Lewisham people.

Lewisham CCG Governing Body elections

Dr Helen Tattersfield, Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that she is not standing again as Chair of the CCG.

Be Clear On Lung Cancer in Lewisham

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging local people to think about lung cancer as part of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign running throughout July.

Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England

NHS England are asking NHS staff, patients and the public for their views on their plans to improve urgent and emergency care services in England.

NHS Lewisham CCG announce new chair

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is pleased to confirm that following our recent Governing Body elections, our new Chair is Dr Marc Rowland.

We are up for the challenge, are you

During September we are asking patients, public, partners and staff whether they are up for the challenge of helping us do things differently in Lewisham.

Get the jab, get flu safe in Lewisham

As winter approaches, it’s now time for those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families, and get flu safe with a free flu jab.

Dissolution of South London Healthcare Trust

It has been confirmed today that the dissolution of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) and the organisational changes that follow this will go ahead as planned.

Next Governing Body meeting 5 December 2013

The next NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will take place on Thursday 5th December, 1 - 3.30pm - venue to be confirmed.

New Clinical Director joins our Governing Body

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Clinical Director to our Governing Body, Dr Jacky McLeod, with immediate effect.

Healthy Living Champions in pharmacies celebrate success

Staff at pharmacies across Lewisham last week celebrated the successful completion of a public health qualification. Staff used Chemist+Druggist Training's Well Being course to gain their Royal Society of Public Health Award.

Personal health budgets go live in Lewisham

We are pleased to announce that from 14th October 2013, personal health budgets will become available for Lewisham residents eligible for fully funded continuing healthcare.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week, 4 - 9 November

Did you know that in Lewisham we have 54 pharmacies? Local, convenient and many of them open 7 days a week. The pharmacy near you is a great place to go to get professional advice on everyday health issues.

Mental Health Engagement Event

The Lewisham Mental Health Partnership Board invites you to attend the 14th Mental Health & Wellbeing Stakeholders’ Event held at the Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall.

Free Vitamin D for expectant mums in Lewisham

Free Vitamin D scheme offers supplements of essential vitamin to expectant mums and infants

Self Care week

NHS Lewisham CCG is supporting Self Care Week 2013, which runs from 18 - 24 November

Get well without antibiotics

To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18th November 2013 Lewisham Council and Lewisham CCG are highlighting the fact that antibiotics do not cure all illnesses.

NHS Lewisham CCG Governing Body of the Year

We are delighted to announce that NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group was last week announced as winner of the NHS Board/Governing Body of the Year award at the London NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2013.

Winter friends pledge

We are calling for people to sign a pledge saying they will look in on an elderly friend or neighbour this winter.

5th December Governing Body meeting venue announced

The next NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will take place on Thursday 5th December, 1 - 3.30pm at Forest Hill Methodist Church & Centre

NHS Yellow Men invade Lewisham NHS winter campaign launches across the borough

A family of seven-foot tall ‘Yellow Men’ are popping up around Lewisham throughout December and January

Diabetes UK Community Champions teach a thousand people in Lewisham about diabetes dangers

Fifteen Lewisham residents from mainly Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds have been supporting their communities to better understand the potentially devastating consequences of diabetes.

NHS yellow men take over Lewisham Shopping Centre

Anyone passing through Lewisham shopping centre on Wednesday 18 December will have seen seven foot tall ‘Yellow Men' with various ailments.

Individuals wanted to chair independent review panels

NHS England is seeking a number of people to chair Independent Review Panels about individuals’ eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare.

Feeling under the weather The earlier you see a pharmacist the better!

We are supporting the national NHS England campaign, ‘the earlier, the better’, encouraging people if they are feeling unwell to seek advice early on from their local pharmacist.

6 February 2014 Governing Body meeting announced

The next NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will take place on Thursday 6 February 1 - 3.30pm at Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, SE6 4RU.

Don’t just go to A and E find the right care closer to home

Winter is a busy time for the NHS and particularly our A&Es.

Breast cancer affects over 70s too - don’t assume you’re past it

This month we’re joining colleagues across England in highlighting breast cancer awareness for women aged over 70.

6 March 2014 Governing Body meeting announced

The next NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will take place on Thursday 6 March 1 - 3.30pm at Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, SE6 4RU.

Make your pledge, it's NHS Change Day!

Today is NHS Change Day. It's a frontline-led movement; the largest of its kind, with a shared purpose of improving health and care.

Be clear on lung cancer Lewisham

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging local people to think about lung cancer as part of the national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign.

Care Act consultation

Care Act 2014: Give your views on how should local authorities deliver the care and support reforms. The Department of Health is for your views about the draft regulations and guidance on part 1 of the Care Act 2014.

London Clinical Commissioning Council appoints Lewisham Doctor for Chair

Dr Marc Rowland, a practising GP from Lewisham has been appointed chair of the London Clinical Commissioning Council.

Your Police, Your Say - MOPAC Roadshow – 16th December 2014

The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan Police Service are visiting Lewisham to talk about the progress made against the Police and Crime Plan and hear local peoples' views on policing in the capital.

Tell us what you think about our plans to transform local services

We are working with Lewisham Council to transform the way that health and social care services are provided in Lewisham, but we need your help to get it right.

The CCG at the Phoenix Festival

On Saturday 13 May we attended the Phoenix Festival in Downham. Thousands of residents visited the Festival, now in its ninth year, for a day of free activities and live music.

NHS NHS warns public to stay well as temperatures expected to plummet

NHS England is today advising the public to take action to protect themselves and stay well ahead of a predicted cold snap this weekend.

New NHS 111 campaign launches to help people get the right urgent medical attention

When it's not an emergency, you should use the right service. These include your local pharmacy, self care and the free NHS 111 service to receive medical attention urgently.

Continued demand on emergency services at Lewisham Hospital

Demand on emergency and hospital services in south east London, including University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital has continued to increase. NHS services are working together to respond to this pressure however we need your help.