An upside to the otherwise irredeemably awful news that Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, has taken the axe to obstetric-led maternity services at Lewisham Hospital is that we have a really vibrant and enthusiastic committee at the moment. Five new mums have joined us and we have a record number of volunteers for our outreach programme called Walk the Patch.
This is one of the most important things we do as mums on the
committee. Every month a volunteer visits the antenatal and
postnatal wards to gather feedback from women who are currently
using the service. This gives us a chance to understand the issues
that women experience which in turn informs our agenda. It also
allows us to meet and get to know the midwives so that we have a
really strong working relationship at all levels in the hospital.
This work is a commitment from the hospital to the women and families of Lewisham that the hospital is open for business as usual. The hospital has launched the Open for Business campaign to reassure the people of Lewisham that the hospital's services will continue to improve and serve maternity users and patients for the next three years and beyond.
Claire Champion, Director of Nursing, speaks about the upgrading of maternity services at Lewisham Hospital Lewisham Hospital Builds Trust
The MSLC has a diverse membership including a representative
from the Lewisham refugee and migrant network. Many of the women
in this group are living on roughly £30 a week to support them and
their children which clearly means that some of the basics we take
for granted are a serious struggle to buy. So, if you have any
leftover nappies that your baby has grown out of or a cot that you
don't want any more....anything at all really as long as it's in
good condition and clean, please can you donate it to this
marvellous centre who will pass it on to one of their families.
The address is 144 Evelyn Street, Deptford, SE8 5DD. 020 8694
0323. The contact name is Margot Lawrence. If you are interested
in finding out more about the group you can visit their website Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network or you can find them on facebook.
To keep up with news and information please join Lewisham MSLC on facebook.
If you are interested in joining the MSLC please contact Jessica Ormerod.