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The council has confirmed “changes for staff” in sheltered accommodation as elderly residents fear losing fulltime care assistants.

“Digital social prescriptions” will aim to revolutionise care for people with dementia.

Important funding for the trust which runs Barking and Dagenham’s healthcare is at risk after it failed to meet targets on cancer waiting times.

Staff at a care home where residents wet themselves while waiting for the toilet have been told that safety provisions are “inadequate”.

Barking and Dagenham has the joint highest rate of smoking by London mums-to-be.

A mental health trust is calling on budding artists to help decorate their new head-quarters.

A day that was once filled with sadness at the death of a loved one has been transformed into a joyful memory.

A GP surgery has been rated as requiring improvement after inspectors found a hole in a wall, broken furniture and out of date medicine.

Women in the borough are being asked to share their experience of breast cancer screenings.

Barking and Dagenham has the lowest suicide rate in London, according to new data released by the Office for National Statistics.

Vulnerable residents in supported living are “at risk” of receiving the wrong medicines, inspectors found during a recent visit.

A charity helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction has received almost £10,000 from TfL to provide cycling lessons.

A grandmother whose chronic back pain stopped her from doing the things she loves has found a new lease of life thanks to an innovative treatment.

The borough has the lowest life expectancy in London for the second year running.

Two girls met Santa as a reward for helping their mum when she had a diabetes attack.

Two days of inclusive sport will celebrate the achievements of disabled people.

Pop star Sandie Shaw is heading back to her hometown to officially open a new women’s centre.

A health centre has reversed its fortunes less than a year after being found inadequate.

The borough’s MPs have opposed a push to close the A&E at King George Hospital in summer 2019.

A former health minster today called for the family of a Dagenham dad who was infected with Aids by NHS blood products to be compensated for the “agonies of their loss”.

Zoe Hanks decided to take a bath after picking up Brooke, eight, and Ria, five, from school but soon felt unwell.

Schoolchildren and staff at Sydney Russell School cycled 852 kilometres - the equivalent of going to Glastonbury and back twice - on an exercise bike to encourage healthy living.

Youngsters in the borough are uniting with a charity to help protect their peers from child sexual exploitation.

A care home garden has been transformed by volunteers.

The secrets of the stage could help people with mental health problems in everyday life.

Encouraging more schoolchildren to eat healthy meals has helped the council’s catering service bag an award.

An investigation has been launched after a former chef suffered a severe allergic reaction to a yoghurt.

A former college student is hoping to make people more aware of dyslexia by speaking about her experience.

The new boss of a health innovation centre has vowed to “change the system” to transform treatment for the elderly.

Schoolchildren have turned surplus fruit and vegetables into delicious smoothies by pedalling on adapted bikes.

A woman hopes to raise £3,000 to create a garden for people with dementia at a care home in Dagenham.

Vulnerable patients at risk of hanging themselves were not kept safe by the borough’s mental health trust, an inspection has found.

A writing group for residents with mental health issues has turned over a new leaf.

The quality of adult social care in Barking and Dagenham has come under scrutiny following a series of eye-opening inspections.

A former sniper is preparing to swim a mile in overalls and wellies to help other combat veterans.

A GP practice where staff gave out vaccines and medicines without prescriptions has been put in special measures.

A GP surgery which didn’t have oxygen available in case of emergency has been placed in special measures.

Two fun days celebrating the success of Team GB in Rio gave youngsters a chance to take part in their very own Olympics.

A former addict who lost 23 years of his life to drugs warned teenagers to avoid the destructive lifestyle he survived.

Ray Lovell is the new chair of SocialEyes, a free group for blind and partially-sighted people. He tells Mark Shales how he showed those who said he wouldn’t get anywhere in life.

Staff sickness absences at the North-East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals (BHRUT) were among the highest in the region.

More people die from smoking here than anywhere else in the capital.

A shop owner has denied doing anything wrong after claiming that his sugar cane juice combats cancer and ensures safe pregnancy.

At two years old, Zahra Zulfiqar should be enjoying playing in the park or making sandcastles at the beach.

Margaret Hodge has helped raise awareness of a rare but devastating condition by leading a debate at the House of Commons.

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