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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.

Inspectors have noted a slight improvement in services at Whipps Cross Hospital, but still have major concerns about the hospital’s surgery facilities.

A senior coroner has filed a damning report to the director of public health after a botched radiological procedure led to the death of a 77-year-old grandfather.

Residents are in despair fearing a care home which caters for adults with Alzheimer’s and young people with MS may have its contract ended with Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Standing in the middle of an industrial estate with an accountant, teacher and statistician was not how I envisioned my Wednesday evening – and I’ve had some crazy Wednesday evenings – yet here we all were down an alleyway in South Woodford.

The borough’s healthcare services have received a grant to help fund the recruitment of more GPs from overseas.

An exhibition exploring the human condition and concepts of beauty, acceptance and adaptation is being shown at Valentines Mansion in September.

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

A mental health service helping Redbridge’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.

The original Goodmayes Hospital site could be sold to a private investor and developed into housing in order to raise money for the NHS, a report has revealed.

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

Haven House Children’s Hospice has launched a support group for the dads of children and young people cared for by the hospice.

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.

A woman from Ilford is a fraction of her former self — and she could not be happier.

The health minister has said the decision to close King George Hospital’s A&E is being reviewed to “ensure the proposals are still appropriate”.

Bringing something alternative to the table, a man from Newbury Park has reached the finals of PETA’s hottest vegan competition.

Redbridge’s mental health trust has been recognised for its hard work to improve diversity in the workplace.

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

Hundreds of low paid hospital workers in east London begin a seven-day strike in a pay dispute for a 30p-an-hour pay rise claim.

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 woman who relied on the generosity of blood donors for transfusions across a four-year period, has joined the NHS in urging more black people to register.

Redbridge’s elderly residents aged between 70 and 80 are being urged to have vaccinations to protect against shingles - which is estimated to affect one in four people over the age of 70.

Barts Health NHS Trust has been praised for its efforts to recruit more people from working-class backgrounds.

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

Three of Redbridge’s most senior Labour politicians have written to the health secretary urging him to stop the closure of King George Hospital’s A&E.

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

Talented 18-year-old Lauren Sandell died from meningitis W in the same month she was scheduled to have a free vaccination against the virus.

Smokers were up in arms when puffing was banned in pubs, but 10 years on the number of people indulging in the habit has dropped significantly.

Non-medical staff employed by a private contractor at Barts Health NHS Trust say they are considering strike action in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

A Woodford Green GP surgery that failed to provide curtains in consulting areas and had reception staff fill in to take blood pressure readings has been rated inadequate.

Patients at Whipps Cross Hospital are facing cancelled appointments more than a week after its computer systems were hit by a cyber attack.

A Hainault GP surgery which failed to do background checks on staff who work with children has been rated inadequate by the health watchdog.

As Whipps Cross Hospital continues to recover from Friday’s cyber attacks fears have been raised that staff could leave unless improvements are made to the service.

Redbridge’s NHS trust managed to avoid the worst effects of Friday’s cyber attack by taking systems offline immediately, the Recorder can reveal.

A patient, who attended A&E on Sunday, has described the emergency department as in a “state of chaos” following last week’s cyber attack.

Almost one in five cases of child deaths in Redbridge since 2008 has been due to their parents being related, a new report has revealed.

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

Patients are being warned that some planned appointments will be cancelled as Whipps Cross University Hospital aims to recover from Friday’s cyber attack.

Barts Health, which runs Whipps Cross University Hospital, has been hit by a ‘cyber attack’ reported to be affecting NHS services across the country.

Labour’s Ilford North candidate Wes Streeting said he ambushed a Tory campaign event with Jeremy Hunt to ask him to “reverse” the closure of King George’s A&E.

The closure of King George Hospital’s A&E, which is proposed for 2019, will not happen “in the forseeable future” according to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

The main A&E department which serves Redbridge has been given £1million from the Department of Health (DoH), to continue a pioneering project to cut waiting times.

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 councillor has said she is worried about her family’s health after it was revealed that eight nurseries in Redbridge are within 150metres of roads that break the legal pollution limit.

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