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Improving services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas

Background to the project

We are working with our partners on a new healthcare centre to be built on the Dulwich Community Hospital site.

The project is part of our efforts to improve GP and community based services (health services you receive outside major hospitals) in Dulwich and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to make these services more accessible, joined-up and convenient for patients.

The new health centre is due to open on a phased basis from spring 2020. It will provide a range of services, including:

  • primary care (GP services)
  • children's services
  • community mental health services
  • blood testing
  • physiotherapy
  • kidney dialysis
  • x-rays
  • some hospital outpatient clinics

Construction work started in May 2018 and we held a ground breaking ceremony in July 2018. Find out more about the development of the site.

Working with local people

Throughout the process, we have worked to ensure that patients, health professionals and local people are involved in developing the plans.  Two patient representatives sit on the Dulwich Programme Board.

We have been working with specialist groups, local people and staff who will work in the new health centre to fine-tune the design so that the building is accessible for all patients, such as people who have sight and/or hearing impairments, physical disabilities and those with dementia. We will hold a further workshop for the architect to present how they have addressed the issues presented in the first workshop.

These  build on the workshops that took place during 2015 and 2016 with the architects, local people, clinicians and staff.

Read the report from the recent workshop with the architect.

Community secondary school

The part of the site not required for health services in the longer term was purchased by the Education and Science Funding Agency for the development of a secondary school.

The Charter School East Dulwich is an inclusive community school that opened in its brand new building behind the health centre in January 2019, having been in temporary accommodation in Peckham since July 2016.

The school will accommodate up to 1,680 pupils aged 11 to 19 and over 180 teachers and support staff.

This is the first phase of the school development until the hospital services have moved into the new health centre.

The contractor

Willmott Dixon is the contractor building the health centre. The firm is committed to maintaining good community relations throughout the construction work and will always try to keep disruption and disturbance to a minimum. You can read Willmott Dixon's updates for residents at the bottom of this page.

How the project is managed?

The project is managed by the Dulwich Programme Board which reports through to our Governing Body. It meets regularly, and once approved, the minutes of each meeting are available 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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