Category Archives: Health

Lockdown ends with positive covid cases still on the rise

Croydon woke up this morning no longer in covid lockdown, with some queues forming outside what are left of the shops on the high street, and with news that a vaccine for coronavirus has been licensed for use and will … Continue reading

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Five tips for improving mental health through gardening

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is raising funds to help its patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of their therapy garden. Under this year’s Big Give appeal, which runs from December 1 to 8, every £1 raised … Continue reading

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London can begin to emerge from covid lockdown next week

Croydon and the rest of London, plus Surrey and Sussex, though not Kent, will be able to emerge from the second lockdown next Wednesday, it was announced in the House of Commons this morning. From December 2,  the capital and … Continue reading

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Give a little, help a lot: comic Jo Brand backs Bethlem appeal

TV comic Jo Brand is backing an appeal from the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where she used to work as a mental health nurse, to raise funds to help patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of the … Continue reading

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NHS boss gets covid numbers wrong: ‘a transcription error’

STEVEN DOWNES, Editor, reports on a crass piece of misinformation over coronavirus provided by the most senior NHS executive in Croydon Matthew Kershaw, the chief executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, last week provided the council’s scrutiny committee with … Continue reading

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Top midwife Rowland appointed as local NHS’ chief nurse

The NHS in South West London, including Croydon, has announced the appointment of Dr Gloria Rowland as Chief Nurse. Previously Director of Midwifery at Barts Health NHS Trust, the country’s largest maternity service, Dr Rowland has been recognised by for … Continue reading

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100,000 covid cases in borough so far say health officials

Nov 18 UPDATE: The figures provided by the NHS to the council scrutiny committee were WRONG, and a vast overstatement of the number of covid cases in Croydon, as pointed out by so many of our loyal readers in the … Continue reading

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‘Don’t delay in seeking medical help,’ urges Croydon GP

Despite the national coronavirus lockdown coming into force on Thursday, south-west London’s top GP is urging people not to delay seeking NHS help if you are feeling unwell with symptoms other than covid-19. “While everyone is being told to stay … Continue reading

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Medics strongly support Mayor’s moves to safer streets

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has received a letter signed by 120 medical professionals – doctors and nurses – supporting Transport for London’s Streetspace initiative and backing road changes that make it safer to walk or cycle around the … Continue reading

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Leaders appeal to Londoners to follow new lockdown rules

As the nation goes into its second coronavirus lockdown today, the number of positive cases of covid-19 continues to rise in Croydon, even though the infection rate appears to be falling in 19 other London boroughs. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor … Continue reading

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Some Dos and Don’ts for better mental health during lockdown

As the nation prepares for its second lockdown, there’s a growing awareness of the impact the change from a usual routine, and isolation, can have on people’s mental health. Here NOEL McDERMOTT, pictured, a psychotherapist with more than 25 years’ … Continue reading

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Lockdown II could last a minimum of four weeks, expert says

Bungling Boris Johnson’s delay in announcing a second national lockdown to reduce the spread of coronavirus – ignoring the advice of government experts calling for a “circuit-breaker” six weeks earlier – has cost people’s lives. That is the view of … Continue reading

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Mayday devises blueprint for future of covid hospital care

Croydon’s Mayday Hospital has been dealing with the second wave of coronavirus having put the lessons from the initial onslaught from covid-19 to good use. And they think they may have come up with a new way for hospitals to … Continue reading

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‘We anticipate our move to Tier 3’ councillor warns Croydon

Covid-19 testing centre in New Addington ‘is a health hazard’ claims one councillor Two more fatalities bring the coronavirus death toll in Croydon since March to 500 ‘We all have to do a bit more’ to keep our communities safe, … Continue reading

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NHS Blood Service makes appeal for more black donors

Patients from across London have filmed emotional messages to encourage people of black heritage to step forward and become regular blood donors. The #DearSickleCell messages aim to help others understand the daily battle and pain that sickle cell patients and … Continue reading

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How my bus ride into Croydon unmasked a growing problem

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is against the law to take a ride on public transport without wearing a face mask. But as reader LEWIS WHITE discovered last week, despite 30 TfL bus drivers having died from coronavirus, those rules are hardly … Continue reading

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Public Health director appeals for help over new covid rules

As Croydon’s coronavirus alert status was raised to “High” yesterday, Rachel Flowers, the council’s director of public health, wrote to the borough’s 70 councillors appealing for their help in getting the correct information to residents. In common with public health … Continue reading

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Sandilands tram crash inquest is postponed due to covid

The long-delayed inquest into the deaths of seven people in the Croydon tram crash in November 2016 has been delayed again – this time because of the change in distancing rules to prevent the spread of covid-19. The inquest was … Continue reading

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Life expectancy in Fieldway 14 years less than in Sanderstead

The divergence in the quality of life among some Croydon residents is so great that a woman from Fieldway in New Addington can expect to live 14 years less than her counterpart with a home in the same borough and … Continue reading

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Croydon-based bus driver is 30th to die from coronavirus

A bus driver based in Croydon, Kofi Opoku, is among the latest victims of covid-19. Opoku worked out of Metrobus’s depot on Beddington Lane. He died last week, his trades union has confirmed. Now Unite is demanding assurances that all … Continue reading

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Hospitals and boroughs prepare for London’s second lockdown

Croydon NHS chiefs offer assurance that they are more ready to handle a ‘second wave’ of the pandemic Croydon is to be placed on Tier 2 covid-19 lockdown measures from Saturday, with a ban on households mixing indoors. The new … Continue reading

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Barber signs Chelsea winger Canoville for cancer campaign

Chelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville, has joined a campaign based in a barbershop in South Norwood to raise cancer awareness among customers. Yianni Hapeshis, the owner of Barber Jack & Son on Portland Road, hopes that by fundraising for … Continue reading

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Teachers ‘at breaking point’ over covid-19 class conditions

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on the growing disquiet among teachers in Croydon and across the country over the risks that they face from coronavirus The leader of a teachers’ union has written to government to warn that “secondary schools … Continue reading

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Sign up to be one of Croydon’s thousand mental health aiders

The Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid group is campaigning with the council and community groups to get a thousand residents trained in “Mental Health First Aid” as part of today’s World Mental Health Day. Taking part in the four-day online course … Continue reading

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10 tips to help you and others on World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Here, ROWENNA DAVIS (left) outlines some of the things which all of us can do to help others, and to help ourselves We need World Mental Health Day more than ever this year. According … Continue reading

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