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New Tessa Jowell health centre opens to patients

A new health centre in East Dulwich, named in honour of the late Tessa Jowell, has opened its doors.

Tessa Jowell (Credit: Alexandra Coyle)

Tessa Jowell Health Centre in East Dulwich Grove, is now treating patients – more than 20 years after the former Dulwich and West Norwood MP first lobbied for an integrated community health facility in her constituency.

The centre, on the site of the former Dulwich Community Hospital, houses services from Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley trusts, along with Omnes Healthcare and other specialist and voluntary groups. 

Care offered includes children’s speech and language therapy, foot health and community diabetes support, care for vulnerable people including asylum seekers, health visiting, and rehabilitation including after falls. 

Visits are currently by appointment only, or held virtually where possible, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jowell, a former health minister, had been a psychiatric social worker before her parliamentary career. She died from a brain tumour in 2018.

In a public vote, residents chose to name the centre after the Labour MP from a shortlist of six, including Peckham GP and civil rights activist Dr Harold Moody.

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