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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…

Croydon University Hospital A&E among UK’s five worst

Croydon University Hospital A&E among UK’s five worst

Accident and emergency services at Croydon University hospital are among the  five worst in the country for patient satisfaction, according to the Care Quality Commission.  Almost forty per cent of 189 A&E patients who answered a questionnaire in February said their experience of the standards of care was ‘worse than…

ELL boroughs mark the 26th annual World Aids Day with pop-up clinics, mobile testing buses and red ribbons

ELL boroughs mark the 26th annual World Aids Day with pop-up clinics, mobile testing buses and red ribbons

Today is the 26th annual World Aids Day, marked by the World Health Organisation and the UN. More people than ever are living with HIV in the UK according to the Terrence Higgins Trust who put the current figure at 107,800. Of this number, 24 per cent are not yet…

HIV bus clinic offers free tests for Croydon residents

HIV bus clinic offers free tests for Croydon residents

A mobile HIV clinic is offering free testing with immediate results in Croydon for the second year running. The bus will stop in North End, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, New Addington and East Croydon Station for the duration of National HIV testing week. It will then remain in Croydon until…

Clinical Commissioning Group named CCG of the year

Clinical Commissioning Group named CCG of the year

  Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group has been named CCG of the year at the Health Service Journal awards last night. The awards, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, recognise “healthcare excellence and innovation” across the UK. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed the audience, saying that the NHS is “the most…

Nitrous oxide no laughing matter for Shoreditch police

Nitrous oxide no laughing matter for Shoreditch police

Police are cracking down on “laughing gas” vendors in Shoreditch, after an anti-social behaviour act gave officers new powers. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is a legal high inhaled using balloons or canisters, which is named as a result of the temporary “giggling” effect it can produce. Hackney police have described…