Category Archives: Health

We can all deal with lockdown if we put our minds to it

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It has still been possible to lead a ‘mentally healthy lifestyle’, even under pandemic conditions. RICHARD PACITTI offers some helpful advice Like so much else concerned with covid-19, we are “learning as we go” as far as the … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan asks ‘heroic’ Londoners to stick to the covid rules

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, today urged all Londoners to continue to follow the lockdown rules in order to ensure that all restrictions in the capital can be lifted by June 21, as outlined last night by the Prime … Continue reading

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South African variant of covid-19 identified in New Addington

Additional covid-19 “surge testing” is being launched in New Addington and Fieldway from tomorrow, after Public Health England found evidence of a covid-19 case with the South African variant that cannot be linked back to international travel. The need for … Continue reading

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Half-term report: Is 49% really a pass mark for this test?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After the respite of a week away from the virtual chalkface, the borough’s teachers are warily preparing themselves to be subject of the latest ‘Boris Big Bang’ As the UK slips down the rankings for the highest per … Continue reading

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Minutes show plan to end services to 200 families in Sutton

EXCLUSIVE: Sutton Council has been criticised by a local MP for being ‘insensitive’ to parents of children with SEND, while an official complaint has been lodged over a senior LibDem councillor’s conduct. By our Sutton investigations editor, CARL SHILTON Confidential … Continue reading

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Despite all the walking and talking, every day is like Sunday

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ‘Every day is silent and grey…’. Lockdown has stirred memories of songs and sitcoms for RICHARD PACITTI (right) During the coronavirus restrictions, a friend sent me an email with the heading No Particular Place To Go, a light-hearted … Continue reading

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Council staff to start six-week covid-19 testing programme

Nearly a year since the country first went into lockdown because of the covid-19 pandemic, frontline staff at Croydon Council are to be part of a six-week rapid testing programme for coronavirus, starting from Monday. In an email to staff … Continue reading

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‘Surge testing’ for South African variant starts in Streatham

Lambeth today began carrying out “surge testing” for the South African variant of covid-19 in Streatham. It is the second area bordering Croydon to be subject to surge testing in a week, following cases of the South African variant being … Continue reading

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Croydon BME Forum: Should we take the vaccine? Feb 11

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Crystal Palace give stadium over to NHS for vaccination centre

Sports centres in South Norwood are being turned into emergency coronavirus medical facilities. A hospitality suite at Crystal Palace FC’s Selhurst Park stadium has been adapted into one of London’s biggest covid-19 vaccination venues, playing a pivotal role in vaccinating … Continue reading

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Door-to-door testing rolled out to locate covid-19 variant

A mass testing programme was rolled out this morning in the CR4 postcode area in a determined effort to locate people with a highly infectious variant of coronavirus. On-the-spot doorstep tests, home testing kits and mobile testing units are to … Continue reading

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Teachers offer guidance for Children’s Mental Health Week

Today marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week. With so many children’s mental health badly effected by lockdown and absence from school, former teacher LAURA STEELE of education experts PlanBee has gathered a week’s worth of fantastic free resources … Continue reading

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Dogged charity has fresh approach to reduce loneliness

A charity has been launched in Croydon aiming to reduce social isolation and loneliness for the over-55s – by using dogs. CareDogs pairs people aged 55 and over with suitable canine companions. The charity hopes to address the growing problem … Continue reading

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Royal Mail adds Croydon to list of covid-hit sorting offices

Post sorting offices in Croydon, South Croydon and Caterham, between them serving four different CR postcodes, have been added to the Royal Mail’s list of those areas worst-hit by the impact of covid-19. Like most postal deliveries recently, the Royal … Continue reading

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A pain in the neck: homeworking is turning us into LOSERS

Are you among the millions of “homeworking LOSERS” created during the covid-19 pandemic? According to research conducted on behalf of technology company, EIZO, the coronavirus lockdown is turning millions of workers into “Laptops On Sofas and Employment Rights Shelved” (geddit?), … Continue reading

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100,000 dead: Prime Minister says ‘We’re doing all we can’

The chilling statistic was announced yesterday. There have been nearly 104,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus in this country since the pandemic began, data from the UK’s national statisticians shows. That means that the death rate in Britain is the highest … Continue reading

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London’s toxic air is ‘a public health emergency’ says charity

The health of Croydon residents is are among the worst affected by pollution, according to research conducted for City Hall, with BAME communities and the elderly particularly at risk Toxic air quality in Croydon increases the risk of death in … Continue reading

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Residents left empty-handed after seeking £500 covid grant

EXCLUSIVE: More than half of Croydon applicants for a Government-funded isolation grant have been rejected by the council. CLARA MURRAY reports Applications to a government-funded self-isolation payment have surged in Croydon over the past two months, but many residents have … Continue reading

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London’s blue light services team up in battle against covid

London’s blue-light services have this week forged a partnership like they have never needed before, with officers from the Metropolitan Police and crews from the London Fire Brigade driving ambulances and assisting medics to help boost the emergency response to … Continue reading

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In-home care provider to recruit 50 new assistants this year

Bluebird Care will be recruiting around 50 new care assistants in Croydon this year, the company has announced. With offices on Brighton Road, Bluebird Care, a Best Employer in Care award-winner, already employ staff who provide care and support to … Continue reading

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Mayor declares covid emergency as 1-in-30 Londoners infected

5pm UPDATE: ELLA HOPKINS reports on the rapidly worsening situation around the capital’s hospitals, including Croydon, as the death toll rises to a record number London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a major incident, as coronavirus cases continue to rise … Continue reading

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‘Extremely serious’: Croydon’s 600 new covid cases every day

The coronavirus situation in Croydon “is extremely serious”, according to an internal email sent by the council’s director of public health last night. The email from Rachel Flowers, sent to councillors and seen by Inside Croydon, explained that by 6pm … Continue reading

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Croydon A&E doctor acclaimed in Hail Your Heroes awards

The lead doctor at Mayday Hospital’s emergency department has been named “Top Doc” in a national newspaper’s “Hail Your Heroes” awards. Dr Mayank Agarwal helped the hospital care for thousands of people needing emergency treatment during the covid-19 crisis. And … Continue reading

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NHS in New Year plea to public: ‘999 is for emergencies only’

The NHS – facing the biggest challenge in the organisation’s history – is urging Londoners to follow government guidance on staying safe over New Year’s bank holiday weekend and remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies only. Because of … Continue reading

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1,500 new covid positive cases in Croydon over Christmas

NHS England orders hospitals to free up all available beds for a surge in coronavirus cases which could last until March Any suggestion that the government placing London in Tier 4 restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus was too … Continue reading

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