Friday, September 18, 2020

A new government Covid-19 public test centre has opened today in east London (September 18) after lobbying by the local authority to help increase testing facilities for those who can’t travel.

A plea for blood stem cell donors to help save lives is targeting east London following a dramatic 49 per cent nationwide slump in new registrations during the Covid-19 emergency.

People with suspected coronavirus have been left unable to book a test slot anywhere in London, an investigation has found.

Health experts are encouraging simple steps to help children and young people manage their asthma and reduce the risk of ending up in hospital.

A 24-hour addiction helpline service set up in Shoreditch that got swamped with pleas for help during lockdown is launching a national scholarship scheme for health care students struggling to pay rising tuition fees.

Open air gatherings restricted by the government’s tough new Covid-19 isolation measures to just to six people has hit the publicity for the launch of a new housing complex for 1,600 families on the Isle of Dogs.

From Monday people will be breaking the law if they meet socially in groups of more than six. And they could be fined.

Demand for emergency food supplies from the Bethnal Green foodbank has ballooned 14 times over during lockdown, it has emerged.

Surgeons have performed the world’s first successful brain aneurysm surgery while a patient was still awake using a “tiny, cage-like” gadget.

Hospital operations which had to be put on hold at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic have now restarted at the Royal London beginning with the most urgent.

An air steward from the Isle of Dogs took to the sky to run a half marathon for charity, in memory of his mum.

MP Rushanara Ali got a right royal red carpet tour of the East End’s famous Rich Mix arts centre when it reopened after six months in lockdown.

A campaign group has backed calls for town hall leaders to do more to roll out low traffic neighbourhoods.

Hundreds of frontline NHS staff and their families got freebie City break weekend in hotels as a thank you for what they’ve been doing in the battle against Covid 19.

A family has praised staff at Newham and Royal London hospitals for the “miracle” recovery of their teenage daughter following an extraordinary diagnosis.

Barts Health will continue to only allow families to visit sick relatives in hospital in “exceptional circumstances”.

Government plans to scrap Public Health England during the Covid-19 pandemic has been slammed as “irresponsible and astonishing” by the mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Police who arrested a driver with a disability blue badge for stopping on a yellow line in Poplar are to get better training in how to handle incidents involving motorists.

Almost two thirds of staff at Barts Health NHS Trust lost their sense of smell before anosmia was added to national guidance as a coronavirus symptom, a study has indicated.

One of the “top performing hospitals in the UK” coming through Coronavirus has been named as the London Independent in Stepney after its role supporting the Royal London during the pandemic crisis.

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Student Mohammed Bhaimia who was nearly killed in a crash in which his friend died is warning this week about the dangers of so-called ‘smart motorways’.

NHS staff at risk of mental health problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are set to benefit from a £3 million support package.

Face coverings must be worn in shops and supermarkets in England starting today.

Throwaway sanitiser gloves and masks from the Coronavirus emergency is adding to pollution in the Thames that’s being washed up along the foreshore, scientists have found.

Nurses who normally deal with “end of life” organ donations have been involved in helping some of the sickest patients and their families when they volunteered to return to the NHS frontline covid-19 emergency.

A lifesaving operation has taken place that could reduce deaths and infection risks in patients undergoing kidney dialysis.

A rapid testing programme for Covid-19 is being carried out in five East End care homes for the elderly by Tower Hamlets GPs using labs at the Royal London Hospital.

Child vaccination rates remained steady in Tower Hamlets during the coronavirus response, despite a drop of up to 25 per cent across London.

A private hospital in Stepney Green has partnered with the NHS to help free up resources to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients.

A “virtual concert” is being staged online free by members of the East London Community Band which has been hit hard by the lockdown preventing them rehearsing together.

You need to sign in and leave your name and number when you go into most East End pubs now the lockdown is ending.

A number of rough sleepers housed by Tower Hamlets Council during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic have been warned that they face eviction, following an assessment that they do not meet the criteria which would allow for the continued provision of temporary accommodation.

Twenty-one people have died with Covid-19 at a Poplar care home at what is thought to be one of the most devastating outbreaks of the virus in London.

A Plaistow doctor and Barts Health NHS Trust’s chief information officer are among 12 frontline staff to feature in a portrait series to mark the anniversary of the NHS.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

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