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Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

A Hackney mother is demanding answers after her son, who was born with a hole in his heart, died in the care of his primary school. Lorna Williams was called to Berger Primary School on October 23 with reports that nine-year-old Rasharn Williams was having a “panic attack” due to…

Homerton Hospital to be investigated after four deaths

Homerton Hospital to be investigated after four deaths

Homerton University Hospital is facing an investigation after a new mother died from infections following her refusal of a blood transfusion. 40-year-old Jehovah’s Witness, Adeline Keh, is one of four new mothers treated at the hospital to have died in a nine-month period. The hospital has asked NHS England to evaluate…

Barkantine practice could turn away over 2,000 patients

Barkantine practice could turn away over 2,000 patients

A major GP practice in Tower Hamlets faces reducing its hours and turning away patients because NHS England wants to cut its funding by more than 40 per cent. A Tower Hamlets councillor yesterday launched a petition to stop cutbacks at the Barkantine practice. The cuts are directly in contrast with…

Free festive fitness fun to beat winter weightgain

Free festive fitness fun to beat winter weightgain

Hackney Council are providing free exercise classes for residents as the festive season approaches to help combat holiday indulgences. Classes on offer include box fit, dance fit, yoga and bootcamp. Starting today, the sessions are led by qualified and experienced instructors and will take place both indoors and outdoors across…

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

A Hackney youth charity has been awarded £500,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Not-for-profit organisation Off Centre offers innovative support services for young people in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. The grant is the biggest that the organisation has received in its 40-year history. In particular, the award recognises Off…

Rubber hits the road: condom couriers come to East London

Rubber hits the road: condom couriers come to East London

Prophylatics can be peddled straight to homes in Hackney and Tower Hamlets as part of a new initiative for the Fringe! queer film and arts festival. Luber, London’s first ever condom cycle courier, launched by Terrence Higgins Trust, offers confidential information and advice concerning sexual health, as well as delivering…

Improved all-round care for mental health patients

Improved all-round care for mental health patients

Health care for Lewisham patients with mental health problems has improved, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Lewisham’s Healthier Communities Select Committee, said that since April all patients who have been in hospitals run by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) have received physical…

Calls to tackle Hackney air pollution after 66 deaths

Calls to tackle Hackney air pollution after 66 deaths

Hackney is facing a serious air pollution problem, which has caused 66 deaths in the borough alone this year. Air pollution on most of London’s roads is twice the EU legal limit, an issue that is having a toxic affect on the population. The ‘Campaign for Clean Air in London’…

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health, the NHS trust overseeing the Royal London and Mile End hospitals, is the worst performing trust for patient experience in the UK, according to a Macmillan Cancer Support survey. In its annual patient experience league table, the charity named seven London NHS trusts among the worst performing ten.…

Lewisham Hospital denies claims of “unprepared” response to suspected Ebola patient

Lewisham Hospital denies claims of “unprepared” response to suspected Ebola patient

Lewisham Hospital today denied reports in the Daily Mail that it had been had been “totally unprepared when a suspected Ebola patient walked into A&E” on Saturday. A source in the hospital told the Mail that the staff treating the patient used facemasks and surgical gloves and not HAZMAT suits…