The St. Philips Building, which houses the St. Philips Medical Centre, has offered vital health care from within its walls since 1903. During the First World War it was an observation hospital for displaced refugees and then in the 1920s provided care for vulnerable young women from the local community. Following the formulation of the NHS in 1948, St. Philips became a hospital specialising in Nephrology along with other local hospitals St. Peters and St. Pauls.
After the London School of Economics purchased the building, St. Philips became a medical centre staffed by GPs and practice nurses. There was a complicated relationship with the university surrounding both funding and the patients it treated – much of which has influenced the extremely difficult situation we are faced with today.
Currently, St. Philips Medical Centre is an NHS GP surgery with a list size of around 8,000 patients. We treat both students and staff from the London School of Economics and also a significant number of local residents of all ages. Many of these local residents are in need of convenient medical care owing to their disabilities, age or domestic circumstances. The St. Philips Medical Centre recieves NO FUNDING from the LSE and merely rents the property from them.
We are open from Monday to Friday (9 till 5:30) and a flexible late surgery is put on every night for those patients who would struggle to attend during the day. We have a practice nurse, in house phlebotomy and a private acupuncture, osteopathy and massage service. We have two emergency clinics every day, at 11 o’clock and 3 o’clock, in which patients can be seen on a first come, first served basis. Furthermore, from Monday to Thursday we run a contraception clinic at 1:30pm (during which we can also see people not registered with us as regular patients) which is extremely convenient for the students studying nearby. Our travel vaccination service also proves extremely popular – especially with students and staff members who need to visit other countries for research purposes.
Every day we see evidence that this a valued and successful NHS medical centre which is treasured by its patients. It is our aim to protect this valuable local service and we hope you can support us in our endeavors. Please see the ‘Under Threat’ and ‘How to Oppose’ pages for further information regarding the campaign and how you can offer your support.