2013 news archive

Dedication recognised with double helping of honours

We are delighted that two of our senior staff have been recognised with awards in the New Year's Honours List. Our Chief Executive, Stephen Firn has received an OBE ...

Published on 31st December 2013

ITV London visits our Greenwich cardiac service

A film crew from ITV London yesterday interviewed one of our patients whose life has been turned around by our cardiac rehabilitation classes.

Published on 19th December 2013

Keep warm this winter

We are working with our partners in our main catchment area of Greenwich, Bromley and Bexley to make sure vulnerable residents keep warm and safe in their homes.

The Royal ...

Published on 12th December 2013

Getting tested is quick and easy, say HIV nurses

Our HIV nurses marked World AIDS Day by manning stalls at the Erith Health Centre and the Woolwich Centre today.

The aim was to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and ...

Published on 29th November 2013

National award and cash boost for dementia service

We have been awarded £35,000 this week for a new model of care for people with advanced dementia, which helps them to stay in the comfort of their own ...

Published on 28th November 2013

Speakability Sidcup launched at Queen Mary’s

Speakability Sidcup, an aphasia self-help group run entirely by people with aphasia for people with aphasia, was launched at Queen Mary’s Hospital yesterday.

Published on 22nd November 2013

Plaudits and ministerial visit for Greenwich Pioneers

Our successful work with partners in Greenwich to deliver better joined up health and social care for patients was recognised last week as we were named as one of the ...

Published on 7th November 2013

High praise indeed for award winner Nina and colleagues

One of our nurses met the heir to the throne last week and was singled out for praise by the Prince of Wales. Later on she won a prestigious Nursing ...

Published on 5th November 2013

Ghoulish 10th Birthday for The Source

The 10th anniversary of the opening of The Source was a bit of a horror show yesterday. Luckily that was the intention as they held a Halloween themed party in ...

Published on 1st November 2013

Chelsea FC score highly with MOVE kids

Blue is the colour, football is the game - is the famous refrain which has been bellowed from the Stamford Bridge terraces for decades. Well Chelsea coaches made some Greenwich children ...

Published on 14th October 2013

Specialist services for Bexley children join Oxleas

A range of specialist children's services joined us yesterday in a move that we think will see more joined up care for children and their families. Many of the ...

Published on 2nd October 2013

A whole lotta shakin' going on as new era begins

Yesterday, to mark the start of us running the Queen Mary's Hospital site, patients and staff were treated to some up-tempo 50s and 60s rock and roll from the ...

Published on 1st October 2013

The King’s Fund highlights our work

Our work on integration, care coordination, dementia and carers is showcased in a report and video produced by the prestigious charity, The King’s Fund.

Published on 18th September 2013

Healthwatch Greenwich is officially here

Healthwatch Greenwich was officially launched recently at a packed event held at the Woolwich Centre.  

Rosaline Mitchell, Healthwatch Greenwich Manager welcomed everyone and introduced the new team - Laura Luckhurst, Voice ...

Published on 16th September 2013

2013 Recognition Award winners announced

There was a great atmosphere at IndigO2 for the 2013 Staff Recognition Awards. Fantastic applause greeted all the winners and runner ups who took to the stage to pick ...

Published on 13th September 2013

New era for Queen Mary's Hospital

Plans to ensure a positive and sustainable future for Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup have been approved by our Board and are subject to final approval from other relevant ...

Published on 6th September 2013

First mental health Choose and Book service launches

We are introducing a new pilot scheme designed to make life easier for referrers and for older people using our mental health services in Greenwich.

A two month trial of ...

Published on 1st September 2013

Temporary contact changes for Central Booking

Due to problems with phone lines our Bexley Central Booking Desk is temporarily moving to Memorial Hospital from Friday 30 August. 

The Central Booking Desk is the central contact point ...

Published on 29th August 2013

Oxleas shortlisted twice for top awards

We have been shortlisted for 'Staff Engagement' and 'Provider Trust of the Year' in this year's HSJ Awards. 

Published on 23rd August 2013

Services this bank holiday weekend (24-26 August)

Many of our community based services will be closed this bank holiday Monday 26 August 2013. If you are feeling unwell over the weekend, there are a number of services ...

Published on 23rd August 2013

Summer party springs bluebells

On Saturday Bluebell House held a Summer Party at Wensley Close in Eltham. Everyone had great fun at the event which was held to celebrate the facelift given to the ...

Published on 29th July 2013

Oxleas launches new neuro rehabilitation service

Our new service in Bexley for people needing neuro-rehabilitation following conditions such as a stroke or brain injury started this week.

The service will mean that patients, depending on their ...

Published on 3rd July 2013

Original artworks impress at the William Morris Centre

The walls of the William Morris Centre on our Bracton Centre campus have been adorned with a fantastic exhibition of paintings which opened on Thursday 27 June. All the artworks ...

Published on 1st July 2013

No lawnmower required – but a hoover might do

The Heath Clinic at the Bracton Centre has been completely refurbished including a new garden with an immaculate lawn that will remain forever close cut. The transformation was celebrated by ...

Published on 1st July 2013

How to end a sea of troubles without taking arms against them

An innovative way of addressing violent, destructive and harmful behaviours in children and adolescents was showcased in the launch of three different projects in the Gallery at the Woolwich Centre ...

Published on 28th June 2013

Queen Mary's fact-finding visit for governors

Last week a large group of our governors and non executive directors were given a guided tour of the Queen Mary's Hospital site in Sidcup. We are planning to ...

Published on 27th June 2013

GPs learn more about our community health services

Greenwich GPs learnt more about Oxleas’ Community Gynaecology Service and Musculoskeletal Service at an event organised by Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group this week.

Published on 20th June 2013

Recognising the contribution of our volunteers

We said a big thank you to all our volunteers at a special event last week in the Great Hall of historic Hall Place in Bexley.

Published on 19th June 2013

Daniel Daka is Nurse of the Year

Daniel Daka was named Oxleas Nurse of the Year 2013 at our annual Nursing Conference in front of over 200 colleagues from across our services today.

Published on 14th June 2013

50 years of the carers movement celebrated at Woolwich Town Hall

Nationally the carers movement is acknowledged to have been started in Greenwich by Mary Webster, founder of Carers UK, who started her campaign to support carers back in the early ...

Published on 14th June 2013

Thanks for the Memory Service

Our new Bromley Memory Service has been officially launched in the borough -  and already it is receiving plaudits.

We spoke to local GP, Dr Prema Reddy, who works at Elm ...

Published on 6th June 2013

New IAPT service for people with a learning disability

A new project has started in Greenwich, which it is hoped if successful may become permanent in a year's time. The plan is for patients to give it a ...

Published on 28th May 2013

London’s first non-medical Approved Clinician

He is the first non-medical Approved Clinician to be chosen in London. He is our very own Dr Michael Witney, Director of Therapies and Consultant Clinical Psychologist. His selection was ...

Published on 24th May 2013

Oxleas already integrating care for better patient experience

The Government's announcement yesterday that health and social care will be fully joined up by 2018 reflects how we are working with partners at Oxleas. 

Published on 15th May 2013

Trevor signs off for Oxleas and on for Sky Blues?

There was a big turnout at Memorial Hospital last week as Trevor Eldridge, our Director of Adult Acute Mental Health Services retired following 32 years of working in the NHS ...

Published on 8th May 2013

Staff Recognition Awards 2013 – who will you nominate?

The search is on to find the outstanding teams and individuals who have improved quality and the experiences of the people who use our services. Nominations are now being taken ...

Published on 2nd May 2013

Paralympian opens Memorial gym

A new gym was officially opened at Memorial Hospital last week by triple paralympian Andy Barrow from New Eltham, who has represented Team GB in wheelchair rugby in Athens 2004 ...

Published on 11th April 2013

Green Parks House passes muster with CQC

Green Parks House (GPH) recently passed a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection with flying colours.

Our Bromley based inpatient unit, provides services for local residents with mental health problems when ...

Published on 9th April 2013

Members enjoy fun afternoon at Charlton House

We held a free event for all Oxleas members at Charlton House on Wednesday afternoon. It aimed to show people how to stay healthy and help keep friends and family ...

Published on 14th March 2013

Oxleas film premiere at Woolwich Tramshed

A film made by young people to help explain the work of our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) was premiered last week at the Tramshed in Woolwich.

Published on 14th March 2013

Role of carers highlighted at Memorial event

Staff that helped organise a hugely successful carers’ event at Memorial Hospital last week were warmly praised by Deputy Chief Executive, Helen Smith.

Helen made a point of offering her ...

Published on 13th March 2013

People with learning disabilities tell us what they think

A questionnaire specially designed to find out what people with learning disabilities think of our services was launched at a special patient experience event recently.

Published on 5th March 2013

Quality of care is linked to staff satisfaction

Results from the 2012 national staff survey published today show that we had the best scores nationally in nine areas. We have done particularly well in the numbers of staff ...

Published on 28th February 2013

Talking about dignity

Staff and patients got together across the trust recently to discuss the importance of dignity in care.

Events, which celebrated Dignity Action Day on 1 February, were held at the ...

Published on 5th February 2013

Queen Mary's Hospital announcement welcomed

The Secretary of State for Health has today approved the recommendation by the Trust Special Administrator (TSA) at South London Healthcare NHS Trust that ownership of the Queen Mary's ...

Published on 31st January 2013

You're Welcome awards for CASH

Our Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) service has again been 
recognised in the 'You're Welcome' awards - providing young people friendly 
services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Published on 21st January 2013