Latest news — articles for March 2016

Norovirus continues to circulate widely in the community

The Trust continues to have some bays within wards closed due to the winter vomiting bug (‘norovirus’) at both Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich and University Hospital Lewisham. Any wards that have a closed bay will have restricted visiting to try and reduce the spread and so visitors may wish to check with the ward about any restrictions that may be in place.

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Help lead your local NHS

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is hosting an information session for potential candidates on 6 April 2016 from 6.30pm. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone with recent senior level finance experience gained in a large and complex organisation, and with a recognised financial qualification. The successful candidate will be expected to sit on both the audit and finance committees. For more information on the information session and to book a place at the information session, please contact Ann Ferreira, Board Secretary, on 0208 333 3000 ext 8131 or email LG.Boardsecretary@nhs.net/.

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Visiting restrictions lifted at University Hospital Lewisham

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have been operating restricted visiting due to cases of the winter vomiting bug (‘norovirus’) at University Hospital Lewisham. We are now in a position to lift our restrictions however the Trust would like to remind visitors and the public to be vigilant against spreading the virus by:

  • NOT visiting if they or a family member has been ill within the last three days
  • If they have been ill, only visiting after they have been free of symptoms for three days
  • Washing their hands and using the gel within wards when visiting patients
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Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is “Midwifery Service of the Year” and double award winner

Just weeks after winning a major award, midwives from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have won two of the UK’s top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.  At the prize ceremony on 8 March, the achievement of winning two awards was hailed as “simply stunning” by Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the RCM.

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Junior doctors' strike Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April

The British Medical Association have announced that junior doctors will be taking industrial action on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April. This strike will be a full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm (18 hours in total). The Emergency Departments at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) will be open with consultants and other senior doctors covering the work of the junior doctors.

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