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Concerns over air quality: Tower Hamlets at risk

Concerns over air quality: Tower Hamlets at risk

Tower Hamlets ranked most often as the worst affected borough for certain diseases, according to a recent data analysis highlighting which diseases are most likely to kill Londoners. Clean Air in London commissioned the Office for National Statistics to rank the top ten death categories for every London borough for…

Doctors could have saved young girl’s life, court hears

Doctors could have saved young girl’s life, court hears

A nine-year-old girl who died in Lewisham Hospital on Christmas Day last year could have been saved, an inquest has found. Yesterday, Dr Philip Barlow told Southwark Coroner’s Court that the junior doctor who discharged Rhianna Rawding may have done so too early. After being discharged, Rawding collapsed at home.…

NHS choir perform christmas single at Lewisham Hospital

NHS choir perform christmas single at Lewisham Hospital

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir performed their new Christmas single outside Lewisham Hospital A&E to a crowd of supporters and well-wishers. The choir, formed last year as part of BBC television show ‘Sing While You Work’, were supported by local residents and members of the recent save Lewisham hospital…

Celebrities lend support to HIV testing drive

Celebrities lend support to HIV testing drive

Celebrities including Annie Lennox and David Furnish have joined Barts Health Trust in a drive to encourage HIV testing in Tower Hamlets this week. All outpatients at Mile End Hospital and The Royal London Hospital will be offered an HIV blood test in addition to routine testing, in an attempt…

Spending revealed: Lewisham A&E legal battle has cost the taxpayer over £200,000 to date

Spending revealed: Lewisham A&E legal battle has cost the taxpayer over £200,000 to date

The failed legal battle to close Lewisham Hospital is estimated to have cost taxpayers over £200,000 so far, according to government figures, with more expenditures to come. Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the government’s legal challenge and subsequent appeal resulted in the Department of Health…

Low immunisation rates in Croydon: are children at risk?

Low immunisation rates in Croydon: are children at risk?

Croydon consistently falls behind the national average in child vaccination numbers, according to an NHS report, suggesting that alternative arrangements for immunisation are required. The introduction of vaccination services at pharmacies and children’s centres could increase immunisation uptake in the borough, a Social Care and Housing Scrutiny sub-committee meeting in Croydon heard…

Croydon hospital failing to provide “safe service”

Croydon hospital failing to provide “safe service”

Croydon University Hospital is not providing a consistently safe service to its patients and requires significant improvements, according to a hospital watchdog’s latest report. Published today by the Care Quality Commission, the report highlighted that the institution, an A&E unit and the main hospital in the borough, is not providing…

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

A teacher from a Croydon primary school has explained the methods that led them to win a gold TfL award for cutting car use and promoting more environmentally friendly modes of travel Rockmount Primary, in Upper Norwood, was awarded a gold standard in TfL’s ‘Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe’ scheme…

Jane Ellison in Hackney to talk at FGM conference

Jane Ellison in Hackney to talk at FGM conference

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and leading healthcare specialists will be discussing female genital mutilation at Amnesty International in Shoreditch this Tuesday. “Working Together to End FGM” will cover topics including early identification, safeguarding, preventing, and the international approach to the issue. The conference will be hosted by The Black…

National Institute for Health and Care: Hackney and Tower Hamlets family doctors among the best in UK

National Institute for Health and Care: Hackney and Tower Hamlets family doctors among the best in UK

Family doctors in Hackney and Tower Hamlets are leading the capital and the country with their ‘excellent work’ in dealing with a range of serious conditions, according to a new report. The report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the GPs were ‘top performers’ in controlling…