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Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham high streets unhealthiest in London

Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham high streets unhealthiest in London

Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham have some of the unhealthiest high streets in London, a new survey has revealed. The Royal Society for Public Health, an independent health education charity, found Whitechapel High Street to be the unhealthiest in London, followed by Croydon’s New Addington in second place, Chrisp Street…

Abortion protest held outside Loampit Hill centre

Abortion protest held outside Loampit Hill centre

An anti-abortion display took place outside a Lewisham doctor’s surgery on March 4 in a protest against the use of the surgery for carrying out abortions. Pro-life group Abort67 stood outside St John’s Medical Centre on Loampit Hill with placards displaying graphic images of abortion. Ruth Rawlins, Abort67’s London coordinator, revealed…

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

A health centre is set to lose more than £638,000 of funding, despite the borough already being one of the most financially deprived in the country. A 21,000-signature petition had been handed to 10 Downing Street over East End GP cuts in August 2014 and the Limehouse practice will be…

New statistics show that the teenage pregnancy rate in Croydon is the highest in London

New statistics show that the teenage pregnancy rate in Croydon is the highest in London

Croydon’s rate of teenage pregnancy has risen in the last year, even though the overall national rates continue to decline. According to recently published figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the latest data shows that Croydon topped all London boroughs with 232 pregnancies per 1000 in girls aged…

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

  A charity offering support for victims of sexual abuse has secured funding to begin a new counselling project in Tower Hamlets. The Nia Project, who aim to combat male violence against young women, received funding from the Home Office on February 23 as part of a government initiative to…

Cyclehoop sets hearts a-flutter in London’s bike lanes

Cyclehoop sets hearts a-flutter in London’s bike lanes

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and this year London is ready to surprise its residents by a city-wide art installation, with 14 eye-catching red #HeartsOfLondon cycle stands across the city. Hackney-based artist Graham McLoughlin collaborated with Cyclehoop, an award-winning company specialising in bicycle parking solutions, in a bid to…

ELL hospitals among worst for false fire brigade calls

ELL hospitals among worst for false fire brigade calls

Lewisham Hospital and Homerton University Hospital are among the top ten worst sites for false calls to the London Fire Brigade. Fire fighters were called to Lewisham Hospital 62 times last year, making it the fourth worst in London, whilst Homerton University Hospital made 49 false calls. More than a…

Not so squeaky clean: Mice found in Bromley Poundworld

Not so squeaky clean: Mice found in Bromley Poundworld

The low-cost superstore Poundworld has been fined over £15,000 after health inspectors found mice had been nibbling stock that was on sale to the public. In October 2013, inspectors reported that “extensive mouse activity” had been found on the Lewisham premises causing damage to food that was available to the…

Dept of Health asked to set up enquiry into doctor’s dismissal

Dept of Health asked to set up enquiry into doctor’s dismissal

The Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been encouraged, by NHS whistleblower, David Drew, to set up an independent inquiry into Croydon University Hospital’s decision to dismiss a renowned cardiologist. Dr Kevin Beatt according to an employment tribunal last December, was unfairly sacked by the hospital, after raising safety concerns. Croydon…

Council brings health hubs directly to the community

Council brings health hubs directly to the community

Four new health hubs are being launched enabling residents to access a range of health services and activities inside the community. The Hackney Health Hubs, defined as “co-locating health services and activities in one place”, are funded by Hackney Council and run by local charity Shoreditch Trust. They are based…

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