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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…

London Air Ambulance grounded for three weeks

London Air Ambulance grounded for three weeks

London’s Whitechapel-based air ambulance will not be in operation for almost three weeks whilst it undergoes annual maintenance checks. London’s Air Ambulance charity has said that, despite there being no helicopter in action, it will continue to “deliver the same medical team, expertise and equipment to scene” via rapid response…

Pressure on Croydon Hospital A&E comes to a head as it announced “major internal incident” this morning

Pressure on Croydon Hospital A&E comes to a head as it announced “major internal incident” this morning

Croydon University Hospital has now revised the announcement of a “major internal incident”, due to pressure on its A&E department, which it made this morning. Croydon became the first London hospital to announce a major incident at 7:00am today, as the hospital was forced to introduce a “series of actions…

Booze buses to scour Croydon’s streets this holiday

Booze buses to scour Croydon’s streets this holiday

Specially adapted ambulances will be monitoring the streets of Croydon this weekend as London braces itself for festive drinking. The booze buses, modified ambulances that allow up to three patients to be transported to alcohol recovery centres, are preparing for the heavy drinking that accompanies the last weekend before Christmas. They…

ELL boroughs have some of the highest proportions of obese children in the country, report reveals

ELL boroughs have some of the highest proportions of obese children in the country, report reveals

Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets have some of the highest proportions of obese children in the country, a report shows. The National Child Measurement Programme released a report last week. It revealed the Eastlondonlines boroughs to be at least 2.5 and 5.6 per cent higher than the current national…

Patients ten times less likely to survive cardiac arrest in Hackney than in other London areas, report suggests

Patients ten times less likely to survive cardiac arrest in Hackney than in other London areas, report suggests

Patients are ten times less likely to survive a cardiac arrest in Hackney than they are in parts of central and greater London, a report has suggested. The London Ambulance Service’s 2014 Cardiac Arrest Report listed City and Hackney’s Ambulance Complex survival rate as just 4.8 per cent. This figure…

Croydon University Hospital A&E among UK’s five worst

Croydon University Hospital A&E among UK’s five worst

Accident and emergency services at Croydon University hospital are among the  five worst in the country for patient satisfaction, according to the Care Quality Commission.  Almost forty per cent of 189 A&E patients who answered a questionnaire in February said their experience of the standards of care was ‘worse than…

ELL boroughs mark the 26th annual World Aids Day with pop-up clinics, mobile testing buses and red ribbons

ELL boroughs mark the 26th annual World Aids Day with pop-up clinics, mobile testing buses and red ribbons

Today is the 26th annual World Aids Day, marked by the World Health Organisation and the UN. More people than ever are living with HIV in the UK according to the Terrence Higgins Trust who put the current figure at 107,800. Of this number, 24 per cent are not yet…

HIV bus clinic offers free tests for Croydon residents

HIV bus clinic offers free tests for Croydon residents

A mobile HIV clinic is offering free testing with immediate results in Croydon for the second year running. The bus will stop in North End, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, New Addington and East Croydon Station for the duration of National HIV testing week. It will then remain in Croydon until…

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