Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hackney’s Mayor Philip Glanville has urged the government to fix its test and trace system, as cases soar in Hackney.

North Londoners will wake up on Saturday to tighter Covid-19 restrictions.

A recovery-focused drug and alcohol misuse service in Hackney has opened for the community.

Hackney people have returned to gyms in large numbers since leisure facilities reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.

A Hackney mental health charity is inviting residents to “do one thing to protect mental health” in its Problem-Solving Booths this World Mental Health Day.

A nurse at a Hackney hospice has been awarded a Nursing Rising Star award from the Royal College of Nursing.

A Hackney community interest company has teamed up with Hackney GPs to help residents stop smoking, particularly people from African and Caribbean communities.

An electrician thanked a Hackney wound care centre after an infected insect bite resulted in him losing his job and becoming homeless.

The Mayor of Hackney has said testing remains one of the borough’s “biggest challenges” during the coronavirus pandemic.

A North Yorkshire woman is asking for more support from Hackney Council after alleging her 85-year-old mother was left without a carer for five weeks.

An artisan distillery that was forced to shut down in east London when the Covid emergency began is restarting its gin school masterclasses to help people “keep their spirits up” under new 10pm curfew restrictions.

Homerton Hospital is urging people to avoid its Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department when seeking out Covid-19 testing.

A study has found almost all north London respondents broke social distancing rules at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Top officials in Hackney have slammed the government’s coronavirus testing system as a shambles, after hundreds of people who needed tests at the weekend were turned away from the borough’s two testing centres.

Hackney’s health chief thinks errors in the government’s online booking system for tests - which has directed one resident to Inverness - could be to blame for a decrease in coronavirus rates, rather than a real drop in numbers.

Coronavirus testing sites in Hackney are now accepting walk-ins.

A previously fit and healthy 32-year-old woman from Hackney Downs is one of 60,000 Long Covid patients in the UK, who is still living with the debilitating effects of coronavirus, five months after she came down with the illness.

A quartet of volunteers, dressed in full carnival attire, visited leisure centres across Hackney to encourage residents to move their body’s more.

The Dalston Crisis store has been given a new look to mark the shop’s reopening post-lockdown.

Stamford Hill is facing a local lockdown if coronavirus cases continue to “rapidly rise” there.

A Homerton mental health unit has dramatically reduced the use of physical restraint, seclusion and rapid tranquilisation when caring for patients.

NHS staff and supporters staged a socially distanced protest outside Homerton Hospital after being left out of a government pay rise announcement.

Homerton Hospital workers are planning a socially distanced protest after many were not included in a recent pay rise announcement.

Hackney’s health chief believes a slip in social distancing may be the reason behind the borough seeing the highest rise in coronavirus cases in the whole of London – and thinks the government’s “confusing message” may be to blame.

A famous Hackney market has reopened to customers for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown came into force.

A new community-focused drug and alcohol recovery service is launching in Hackney.

Plans for a new network of pathology services for London have been approved this week, partnering up the Homerton Hospital with Barts Health and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trusts (LGT).

A “flabbergasted” motorist from Stoke Newington says he was handed a parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test.

Homerton Hospital’s cleaners, porters and security staff will be paid sick pay “from day one” and the London living wage in a £50m with facilities giant ISS - however they will still not get NHS equivalents for their wages, pensions, overtime or annual leave.

With the help of performers from shows such as War Horse and His Dark Materials, a Hackney charity has put together a guide for healthcare workers to help them cope with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods - and to improve communication with patients.

Hackney’s director of public health has ruled out a second wave, but has expressed concern that coronavirus figures continue to rise since lockdown measures eased - with new cases far outstripping all other London boroughs.

Plans for re-opening Hackney’s leisure centres and gyms following the coronavirus lockdown have been announced.

Experts at Oxford University have created an online tool to pinpoint the local areas most at risk from a second wave of coronavirus, including in north London.

Coronavirus cases have shot up in Hackney with 51 confirmed cases in the past fortnight - the highest number of new cases in the whole of London.

Gazette reporter Emma Bartholomew gets tested for coronavirus antibodies at Pyser’s new testing centre in Old Street.

The director of public health for City & Hackney has warned of “gaps in the data” in the government’s test-and-trace programme.

Questions have been raised about the legality of Homerton Hospital pushing through a £45m five-year contract to outsource its cleaners, porters and security staff with no tender.

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside Homerton Hospital to listen to BAME healthworkers speak about racism and celebrate the NHS on the eve of its 72nd birthday.

Older veterans in Hackney can now access specialist advice and information during the coronavirus pandemic.

An independent Shoreditch music venue is set to be transformed into a cycle storage space during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Swimmers have been warned against wading into the Hackney Marshes river or risk catching diseases and disturbing the wildlife.

Leona Lewis sourced pictures of hospital staff from the Whittington, where she was born, and Homerton, where she grew up, for her cover version of ‘Angels’, which she has released to raise money for the NHS in its battle against coronavirus.

A Homerton Hospital nurse-led service has been shortlisted for this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards.

Homerton Hospital has been rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).


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