Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust was formed in 2010 to
bring together local NHS hospital and community services under one
organisation. This means experienced healthcare professionals are
working closely together to improve the ‘patient
This is about ensuring that people get the right treatment at
the right place and the right time – reducing waiting times,
speeding up discharge from hospital and improving services across a
range of settings. We are also applying to become a Foundation
Trust, and would welcome you to sign up as a member and give
us your views.
Read more about our
Foundation Trust Application >>
University Hospital Lewisham
University Hospital Lewisham is a local hospital in the centre of
the London Borough of Lewisham. We offer medical, surgical and
emergency services for our local community. We also provide a range
of specialist services for South East London and beyond, including
children’s day case surgery, neonatal intensive care, cystic
fibrosis care and ear, nose and throat and vascular surgery. We are
also one of the few hospitals in London to have a separate
Children’s A&E Department – a service that is rated ‘Excellent’
by the Care Quality Commission.
Services in the Community
Our community health professionals work closely with the hospital
and GPs to provide support to adults and children across a range of
health centres, community clinics, and in patients’ own homes.
Adult services include community matrons, district nurses, the
Diabetes Team, the Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Team, who provide
care and expertise to people who need to be fed by a feeding tube,
and the Sexual and Reproductive Health Team. Our Children and Young
People’s Services including health visiting, occupational therapy,
physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and many other
The Trust Board is responsible for policy and the Trust Management
Executive is responsible for operational management. The Trust
Chief Executive is Mr Tim Higginson and the Trust Board Chair is
Elizabeth Butler. The Trust Board has two consultant members; the
Medical Director is Ms Jane Linsell, Consultant General Surgeon and
the Trust Director of Clinical and Academic Strategy is Dr
Gabrielle Kingsley, Consultant and Reader in Rheumatology.
See the Trust Board
The Trust has five clinical directorates: women’s and sexual
health, children and young people, specialist medicine, acute and
elderly medicine, and surgical services.
See an A-Z of our services
We also play a key role in the education of tomorrow's doctors and
nurses. Our hospital is one of the leading providers of clinical
placements for medical students, and pre-registration nursing and
midwifery students. We have over 200 commissioned students passing
through our wards and departments at different times of the year.
The Trust has a strong record in medical education. Undergraduates
from the KCL School of Medicine are assigned to Lewisham in years
3, 4 and 5 of their training. The Trust also trains a large number
of postgraduate medical trainees from Foundation to the end of
specialist training in all disciplines. Both trainees and students
value their attachment at Lewisham highly.
The Trust has made a major commitment to the development of
Research and Education with dedicated Centres comprising lecture
theatres, seminar rooms, a multi-disciplinary library, a Computer
Assisted Learning Room and Medical Illustration/ Graphics capacity.
The Trust encourages its staff to undertake research supported by
the R&D Unit jointly led by the Trust R&D Director (Dr
Gabrielle Kingsley) and the Director of Knowledge, Governance and
Communications (Mrs Joy Ellery). The Trust participates in a range
of research projects linked to the local Comprehensive Research
Network (CLRN), including studies in Cancer, Stroke, Medicines for
Children, Rheumatology and Neurology. An annual Research and
Clinical Effectiveness day and Academic Report further promote the
academic activities of the Trust.
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