Improving services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas

Work progressing well on new school and health centre on Dulwich Hospital site

We continue to work together with various partners on a new healthcare centre and community secondary school to be built on the Dulwich Community Hospital site. Construction work started in May 2018 and we held a ground breaking ceremony in July 2018

The new health centre is due to be completed in April 2020. It will provide a range of primary care, children's services, some diagnostics, a physiotherapy unit, a renal dialysis unit, community mental health services and services for patients with long term conditions. Health services that are currently available on the site will continue to be provided there until the new health centre is ready for use.

Dr Roger Durston, NHS Southwark CCG's GP clinical associate for the Dulwich programme said: "We held workshops with patients and clinicians to see how the new building might work for them. Since our plans were approved by Southwark Council and business case approved by NHS England, we have continued to work hard to ensure that patients, health professionals and local people have been involved in developing these plans. We have been working with specialist groups to fine-tune the design so that the building is accessible for all patients, such as the partially sighted and those with dementia. We will hold further workshops with the community as we continue our journey to provide new and improved healthcare services."

The Charter School East Dulwich is an inclusive community school that opened its doors to students in September 2016 in temporary accommodation in Peckham. On its permanent site, the school will accommodate up to 1,680 pupils aged 11 to 19 and over 180 teachers and support staff. It will be the sister school to the existing Charter School North Dulwich. Both schools are operated by the Charter Schools Educational Trust.

Although they are two distinct projects, the architects for the two projects are working together within an overall master plan for the wider site which has been developed by an urban designer/landscape architect. The transport and environmental impacts have been assessed by joint consultants, to understand the impact of both proposals. 

Plans for the health centre were developed in partnership by Community Health Partnerships, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, The Charter Schools Educational Trust and Southwark Council. Willmott Dixon is the contractor building the health centre. You can read Willmott Dixon's updates for residents at the bottom of this page.

What is the project about?


NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently looking at ways to improve GP and community based health services – that is the health services that you receive outside major hospitals. This projects looks at services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas which includes Dulwich, Nunhead, Herne Hill, south Camberwell and south Peckham. Service users also come from beyond the boundaries of Southwark and into Lambeth and Lewisham.

A programme called Improving services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas was set up in 2011 and since its launch in 2013 the CCG has continued that work. All the documents and relevant materials from before the CCG launch are still available in this section.

You can read about the different stages of the project and the work that is currently taking place on the left hand side of the page.

How the project is managed?

The project is managed the Dulwich Programme Board which reports through to our Governing Body. It has representation from relevant local NHS organisations, Healthwatch and additional patient representatives. It meets regularly, and once approved, the minutes of each meeting are available on our Meeting papers page. A summary of progress is also included in the Chief Officer's report to our Governing Body.

Before the CCG's launch the Dulwich Project Board was established as a sub group of the Southwark Clinical Commissioning Committee.  The minutes of these meetings are also on our Meeting papers page.

Do you have any questions?


If you have any questions about the project, what it is about or how it is managed you can call our Patient and Public Involvement Team on 020 7525 7888 or email

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