Category Archives: Health

St Joseph’s College latest secondary to take covid-19 action

St Joseph’s College on Beulah Hill is the latest school to have been forced into taking action after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus. It brings to 10 the number of schools – primary and secondary – across Croydon and … Continue reading

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London should be placed in covid lockdown now, says Khan

Croydon and the rest of London should be placed in lockdown as soon as tomorrow to stop the spread of covid-19, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has warned. With large areas of the north of England being placed into … Continue reading

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Virtual London Mini-Marathon opened up to primary schools

Cancelled because of covid-19 in April, the 2020 London Mini-Marathon could now be the biggest road running event for kids ever staged, as the organisers aim to get 45,000 youngsters from across the country to run 2.6 miles in a … Continue reading

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NHS offering drive-in flu jab clinics at Ikea and Selhurst Park

The NHS is opening drive-through flu vaccination clinics at Ikea off the Purley Way and Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium, offering more people than ever a free vaccine. “This year it is particularly important for those most at risk to … Continue reading

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Covid-19 local testing centre now opened in New Addington

The borough’s first covid-19 testing centre opened in New Addington this afternoon. Prefabricated buildings were erected on the Addington Community Association car park on Central Parade yesterday, and it opened for a pilot testing session for three hours from 2pm … Continue reading

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Five more local schools affected by coronavirus positives

At least five more schools in Croydon and Sutton, including two large secondaries, have been hit by positive tests for covid-19 among their staff or pupils, after just the first full week of the new school year, with one borough … Continue reading

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School report: teachers are coronavirus’s new frontline workers

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After the first full week back in the classroom following six months of lockdown, one locally based teacher* offers their thoughts on what life is like under the ‘new normal’ The sanitation stations with their alcohol-based gel are … Continue reading

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Second Croydon primary school hit by covid-19 positive case

Two Croydon primaries have been forced to postpone or alter plans for the return of pupils after members of staff tested positive for covid-19 in the past week, what was supposed to be the first full week of the new … Continue reading

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Addiscombe care home serves up cake for frontline workers

Peony Court, a newly opened care home on Addiscombe Road, celebrated National Emergency Services Day this week by showering local frontline heroes in gifts of cakes, cookies and brownies. Peony Court’s head chef Marc Aplin created a large variety of … Continue reading

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Covid infection rate in Croydon hits highest level since May

There have been 52 new cases of covid-19 reported in Croydon in the first eight days of September, as the health minister today refused to rule out the possibility of a second nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the … Continue reading

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Children’s cancer charity stages virtual walk this month

These have been tough times for many organisations, especially charities, many of whom have had to cancel long-planned fund-raisers because of covid-19, and so have lost important sources of income. Some have responded with innovative ideas that have allowed people … Continue reading

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Take a walk in someone else’s shoes to help mental health

From this Thursday, Shawmind, a mental health charity, is inviting people to take part in its month-long activity to encourage gentle exercise, raise funds and increase awareness around suicide, mental health and wellbeing. The campaign, Walk a Mile in My … Continue reading

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Nurses are working extra hours to provide screening tests

Croydon’s NHS is providing more extended hours at GP practices and specialist clinics, incuding weekend appointments, to encourage more women to undertake cervical screening. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it can help to prevent cervical cancer … Continue reading

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Train on a free course to help others suffering the covid blues

The council is offering a two-day online course for residents to become mental health “first aiders”. Funded by Transport for London and the council, the course is in response to findings from charity Mind which showed the scale of the … Continue reading

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Doctors warn new students to be wary of meningitis risk

Parents are being urged to ensure their student children don’t confuse covid-19 with other killer diseases such as meningitis. The message, from charity Meningitis Now, comes as many of the nation’s teenagers prepare to leave home for university for the … Continue reading

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Can We Talk? Croydon BME Forum wellbeing workshop, Aug 20

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Children’s cancer charity celebrates hitting Mayday milestone

A locally based charity appeal is celebrating reaching a milestone towards its goal of raising £750,000 to the cost of creating a children’s cancer unit at Mayday Hospital. Despite having to halt all traditional charity fund-raising activities in March because … Continue reading

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Highly rated resources director is latest to quit the council

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the how the latest departure from Fisher’s Folly will hit the borough’s health provision as well as Jo Negrini’s leadership ‘team’ Sarah Warman, Croydon Council’s director of commissioning and procurement,  has announced … Continue reading

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Fears of covid-19 ‘second spike’ as schools prepare to return

The UK yesterday registered the highest number of positive covid-19 cases for six weeks – just as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was lecturing the nation on the “moral” case for reopening schools in September. In total, 1,062 new cases … Continue reading

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Tell Your Daughters emotional recovery workshop, from Aug 17

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Tea rooms want to stage ‘thank you’ party for NHS staff

A café at the heart of the community in Sanderstead is calling on its customers and neighbours to help to raise funds for a special “Thank You” party for the Critical Care Team at Mayday Hospital. During the covid -19 … Continue reading

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After setting bad example, council now asks public to stay safe

Three weeks after the ceremonial Mayor of Croydon – after having admitted that she may have had the virus – turned up for a couple of ribbon-cuttings without a face mask or even the pretence of practising any social distancing, … Continue reading

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Take part in Healthwatch survey on covid-19 and mental health

Healthwatch Croydon wants to know your views on how covid-19 has affected your mental health. Healthwatch describes itself as “your local champion for better health and social care”. It functions as an intermediary between the public and health and care … Continue reading

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There’s no masking fact that covid-19 infection is on rise again

Croydon’s newly installed ceremonial Mayor admits she has been affected by covid-19, yet did not wear a mask or practice social distancing on her first two engagements, while Public Health England reports an increase in virus infection rates in some … Continue reading

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Tories choose NHS’s birthday to sound death knell for St Helier

The Tory government chose the weekend of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS to sound the death knell for acute services at St Helier Hospital, and at Epsom Hospital in Surrey. A 25-year-long battle to maintain and … Continue reading

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