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London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

A senior A&E consultant who campaigned to save Lewisham Hospital has announced that he is running for the European elections next month. Dr Chidi Ejimofo, a consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital, is the latest NHS employee to announce his candidacy for the National Health Action (NHA) Party. Ejimofo, who lives…

Lewisham second worst borough for tree felling

Lewisham second worst borough for tree felling

Vulnerable Lewisham residents who suffer from heart and lung conditions could face an increased respiratory risk this summer, after it is revealed the borough is the second worst for tree felling in the capital. Data released through the Freedom of Information Act showed that Lewisham Council planted 139 street trees but felled…

Supermarkets reject initiative to curb street drinking

Supermarkets reject initiative to curb street drinking

Sainsbury’s supermarket is among stores refusing to cooperate with a Croydon Council initiative to curb street drinking. The scheme, first proposed in January this year, would require supermarkets and off-licenses to stop selling beers over 6.5 per cent alcohol. Sainsbury’s branches in the borough are currently still selling high alcohol content…

Hospital pays family damages after mother bled to death

Hospital pays family damages after mother bled to death

The High Court has awarded damages to the family of a mother who bled to death in a Croydon hospital after giving birth to twins by Caesarean. Rosida Etwaree, 45, never held either of her twin girls, Nabilah and Nuha, as she suffered a major haemorrhage and died several hours…

Secure mental health unit criticised over fleeing patients

Secure mental health unit criticised over fleeing patients

The procedures of a mental health unit in Hackney have been criticised after figures emerged showing that over 200 patients, including a convicted murderer, have gone absent without leave since 2001. A freedom of information request revealed that 211 patients under the care of the John Howard Centre in Homerton,…

New half-marathon hopes to follow footsteps of Olympics

New half-marathon hopes to follow footsteps of Olympics

The first council-funded half marathon, Run Hackney,  has launched in the borough. For the first time ever, Hackney’s roads will be closed to accommodate the 21-kilometre run. The event will take place on June 22. Councillor Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that we’re now…

‘Wheels for Wellbeing’ calling for more volunteers

A Croydon cycling service is calling for more volunteers to meet the demand of disabled people wanting to ride bicycles, tandems, specialist tricycles and rickshaws. Wheels for Wellbeing currently have 15 volunteers but requires many more to cope with the increase in interest from disabled cyclists. In 2012, the organisation saw 600 new people try […]

Study reveals high levels of obesity in Croydon

Study reveals high levels of obesity in Croydon

Six out of ten Croydon residents are overweight, according to data released by a government health agency on Tuesday. The report by Public Health England (PHE) on the percentage of adults who are obese or overweight nationwide, found 62.1 per cent of people in the borough carry extra weight. Although…

Hospital A&E campaigner to stand for EU Parliament

Hospital A&E campaigner to stand for EU Parliament

A local GP who chaired the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign last year is to run in the European Parliament elections on a ‘Save the NHS’ ticket. Dr Louise Irvine will be standing for the National Health Action Party and hopes to win one of the eight seats for the London…

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