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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In the first in a series of monthly health specials, we look at north east London’s healthcare and discuss with local experts the biggest challenges it faces.

Plans to close the A&E service at King George Hospital will leave only one emergency unit for the borough, Barking and Dagenham council has warned.

Barking’s healthcare hub says it has found a cheap way to prevent up to 1,700 strokes each year.

An innovative programme that matches up residents in need of support with those who require somewhere to live is looking for participants in Barking and Dagenham.

A mental health service helping Barking and Dagenham’s vulnerable youngsters is one of just three healthcare schemes shortlisted for a national award celebrating its compassion and ambition.

How much do you think about your future? I don’t mean in a Mystic Meg way meeting a tall dark stranger in the supermarket or even making monthly pension contributions, but about the care you will need as you get older.

Cancer patients across the borough are benefiting from a new machine designed to make their treatment more comfortable.

A hospital trust that worked hard to come out of special measures, has hit a national patient target for the first time in three years.

The Biking Riverside cycle hub was launched yesterday with a day of speed, spokes and smoothies.

A hospital trust is encouraging people to become ward managers as part of a 10-year development scheme.

A new nursing course has been launched to help the chronic shortage of nurses in east London’s hospitals.

It was a time for reflection at an NHS trust’s annual general meeting, looking back at a year of achievements.

Procedures including boob jobs and face lifts will no longer be funded by the NHS in the borough, as well as limited access to IVF treatment.

A hospital trust has been praised by health secretary Jeremy Hunt in a report focusing on the significant improvements it has made.

People across Barking and Dagenham are being urged to stay cool, hydrated and to check on vulnerable neighbours during the extreme hot weather predicted this week.

A care home is lending helping hands to carers of people over the age of 55.

A mother has raised concerns over plans to close a day centre which has performed “miracles” for her disabled son.

Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

Tory politician Iain Duncan Smith teamed up with a disabled teenager to raise awareness about young people “falling through the gaps” when transitioning to adult care services.

A campaigner is taking a landmark legal case against the government over the contaminated blood disaster - providing new hope that victims of the health scandal will finally receive justice.

Barking and Dagenham’s NHS trust managed to avoid the worst effects of Friday’s cyber attack by taking systems offline immediately, the Post can reveal.

In the wake of Friday’s cyber attack on the NHS, Barking and Dagenham’s health trust is urging patients to only visit A&E in real emergencies.

Residents have had their say on their vision for their healthy new town.

Two in three Britons have had mental health problems with young people being the worst affected age group, new research suggests.

Disabled mentors celebrated being able to help their peers at a buzzing launch on Friday.

London’s Air Ambulance treated 26 patients in Barking last year, making the IG11 postcode was the seventh busiest in the capital.

A former health secretary has presented evidence of “deliberate, provable acts of cover-up” in the contaminated blood scandal and demanded a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the tragedy.

A mother whose son went into septic shock with meningitis after being turned away from A&E is fundraising for a specialist centre which saved his life.

A GP practice lagging behind the national average on care plans for schizophrenics and people with dementia was rated as “requires improvement”.

Barking and Dagenham is the fourth worst place to see a GP in England, a study out today shows.

IVF treatment, boob jobs and weight loss surgery are some of the NHS treatments that could be axed in the borough to save £55million under new proposals.

Family and friends released a sea of balloons to raise awareness of an illness that took the life of an “amazing” woman.

Staff stress levels at an NHS trust providing mental health services in Barking and Dagenham are worse than nationally, a survey has found.

The air ambulance landed in Dagenham’s Ager Avenue on Monday afternoon, drawing a crowd of onlookers.

A Dagenham doctors surgery “requires improvement”, according to the latest report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The health secretary sent a special video to hospital staff which serve the borough, praising its trust for becoming the first in London to come out of special measures.

The NHS trust which serves the borough’s residents was today moved out of special measures, with particular praise given to care for children and those suffering with dementia.

The brother of a stroke victim is appealing for help to pay off a £60,000 loan he was forced to take out to fly his sibling back to the UK.

An out-of-hours GP service is helping 10,000 patients who would otherwise have ended up in A&E.

A GP surgery in Dagenham has been slammed after confidential conversations between patients and their doctors were overheard from a nearby waiting room.

There were 95 newly-discovered cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) of women living in Barking and Dagenham recorded in just one year.

Imagine this: you’re in a public place, and you realise you need the loo. You’re incontinent, so you use the nappy you’re wearing, then make your way to the toilets to change it. But unlike a baby, you can’t lie on the changing table whilst your parent or carer makes you clean and dry. You’re too big for it. But what’s the alternative?

The trust governing Queen’s Hospital failed to hit the government’s A&E waiting time targets in December, according to data released today.

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.

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