Thursday, September 17, 2020

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

A union rep has suggested the return of students to the University of East London’s campuses could drive a surge in coronavirus cases.

An organisation in Plaistow supporting black and minority ethnic women and girls has received a government funding boost.

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

Redbridge is at risk of going into a local lockdown after it had the highest number of new coronavirus cases across all London boroughs, with Havering and Newham close behind.

A primary school in Forest Gate with three confirmed cases of Covid-19 has assured parents the infections have not spread and were caught elsewhere.

A fashion and creative arts education charity in Royal Docks is producing face coverings for key workers, community groups and vulnerable people during the pandemic.

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

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

Newham is taking part in a major study to evaluate the effectiveness of town hall responses to homelessness after Covid-19.

A short break service in Beckton which provides support for people with learning disabilities has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Two MPs have urged the mayor of London to scrap £1.2billion plans to build a tunnel to Silvertown because of the “perilous” state of TfL’s coronavirus hit coffers.

Sadiq Khan has visited an East Ham walk-in coronavirus test centre in a bid to encourage people to sign up to the NHS Test and Trace phone app.

Newham Council has defended the NHS test and trace app over criticism older people struggle to access it.

Enforcement of the healthy school streets schemes is to restart.

Calls for tighter security have been made after police were called in to shut down a mass gathering.

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”.

The man who designed the latest test and trace app, which is being trialled in the borough, grew up in Newham.

Newham has been selected as one of two areas to pilot a new coronavirus contact tracing app.

A food bank initative has been running in Forest Gate during the coronavirus pandemic to help people who can’t access any government support.

A temporary mortuary built on a beauty spot at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has been removed and will give way to a new wildflower habitat.

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.

Plans for the first cross-borough low traffic neighbourhood scheme in the capital are to be put in place, but without a public consultation.

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Newham Council has joined a campaign to raise awareness of Covid-19 testing and contact tracing.

Volunteers have helped keep a park in Newham tidy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

A new Covid-19 convalescent plasma donor centre has opened at Westfield Stratford City.

A Royal Docks man who feared he would die while ill with Covid-19 has shared his ordeal and urged people to take coronavirus seriously.

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.

There were more babies born in Newham last year than in any other London borough, new figures have revealed.

The prime minister has been filmed describing people opposed to vaccinations as “nuts” on a visit to a GP surgery.

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

Livelihood, wellbeing and happiness will be the prime measures of economic success as part of an ambitious Covid-19 recovery strategy unveiled by the Newham Council.

A Manor Park mum marking her 40th year by running 10km 40 times for a Forest Gate charity has the finish line in sight.

A trampoline and adventure park in East Ham is offering free entry to NHS staff and their families next month.

A £4million boost to shore up town hall coffers hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been described as “peanuts”.

The mayor has demanded the government fulfils a promise to allow the council to plug an estimated £61million budget black hole.

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 union is taking the government to court following the death of an outsourced cleaner.

Traders have protested against “unfair” town hall parking restrictions brought in because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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

The council has launched a consultation over the introduction of parking permit charges aimed at tackling toxic air, the climate emergency and emissions.

A £2.5million project to build a new GP surgery in Manor Park has begun.

Many of you will have seen Newham Hospital hurtle into the spotlight recently following the news that it is one of the UK’s regions hardest hit by Covid-19.


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.

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