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Blackheath’s library: Lowest number of visits in Lewisham


The graph above shows the number of people who visited Lewisham’s various libraries in 2012. The green line at the bottom is the Blackheath community library.

Let’s zoom in a bit, and just look at the community libraries:

So of all the community libraries in Lewisham, ours gets the fewest visits (and the fewest items issued too incidentally).

But maybe the old library was never very popular either, right? Except that here are the two months of visitors data just before it closed. Look how they compare to the same two months in 2012 for the new library:

For every one person that walks into the current library, more than five people walked into the old one in 2011.

The old library which is now a private school.

I hope the Labour councillors and MP are proud of this achievement. Bravo.

Issue Data from google doc here.
Visitor data from google doc here.
See previous post on this subject Ex-libraries from 2011

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Baby clinic shut down


Above is a map. The upper pin shows the (excellent) Lee Road NHS GP Surgery in Blackheath. The lower pin shows Lee Health Centre, where you will now have to go if you want to see a health visitor or clinic nurse, because Lewisham Primary Care Trust have stopped the funding for this at the GP’s surgery.

So compensate for the loss of the Wednesday afternoon clinic, which was usually used by 25-30 people, they’ve added only 1 hour extra to the new centre. So, two minutes per baby! Great!

To add insult to injury, it seems that nobody bothered to tell the GPs. The plan was decided before Christmas, but they were only told about it 2 weeks before the cuts took place.

So they have written a leaflet, explaining this to their patients. It’s surprisingly angry. It even goes as far as naming the people responsible:
Letter from Blackheath GPs about baby clinic shut down

So, if you think that this is unacceptable, maybe you could email the following people:

Fiona Howell fiona.howell@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Health Visiting Manager, Lewisham PCT

Beulah Lewis beulah.lewis@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Children’s Services Manager, Kaleidoscope Lewisham Centre for Children and Young People.

Jane Shepherd jane.shepherd@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Director of Provider Services, Lewisham PCT.

Here’s a suggested email:

jane.shepherd@lewishampct.nhs.uk
beulah.lewis@lewishampct.nhs.uk
fiona.howell@lewishampct.nhs.uk

Sublject: Please reinstate baby clinics at Blackheath Lee Road Surgery.

Dear All,

I’m writing to you, to urge you not to reduce the health vistor and clinic nurses available in the Lee Road Surgery, in Blackheath. These services have been working well in their present form since 1989, and to remove them makes it harder for anyone with a child under 5 who uses the surgery.

Please reinstate this vital service.

Yours faithfully,

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