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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…

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…