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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…

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…