Saturday, May 23, 2020

In our weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, therapy manager Kathryn Owens says technology has helped staff keep in touch with each other and the patients

A furloughed chef has swapped cooking for caring for patients on the coronavirus frontline as a Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust volunteer.

Almost 600 anxious parents, teachers, school staff and politicians held a Zoom meeting to discuss whether it’s safe to send children back to Redbridge schools on June 1.

Starting this week, the Government has opened up coronavirus testing to all adults and children over five in the UK who have coronavirus symptoms with Redbridge residents urged to get tested.

Over the past eight weeks people have been encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A care home boss and her husband died with coronavirus in King George Hospital just 10 days apart.

Every day across the country, care workers are working tirelessly to care for some of the most vulnerable members of society – and right now, in the fight against COVID-19 we need even more of these heroes.

In our weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, clinical nurse specialist Nicola Stananought

An Ilford GP whose practice was put into special measures said it received an Inadequate rating only because he refused to co-operate with an inspection while moving buildings.

A family are raising money to supply King George Hospital with iPads to help patients stay in touch with their loved ones.

A nurse returned to the frontline to help deal with the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19 just weeks after retiring.

A miracle cat who survived being hit by a train is on track to make a full recovery, thanks to vet charity PDSA.

Schools and non-essential shops will remain shut in England until at least June because the coronavirus transmission rate is still too high to significantly ease the lockdown, the prime minister said this evening.

Boris Johnson has said there will be no immediate end to the lockdown.

The official government advice to the public on coronavirus has changed to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”, dropping the previous stricter message that people should stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

Queen’s Hospital in Romford “experienced an issue with oxygen pressure” last month and had to transfer patients to King George Hospital in Goodmayes.

In our weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, counsellor Sue Spong explains how she has adapted her work

GPs are assuring residents across Redbridge the NHS is open for business and ready to safely provide care to people who need it. It is important you do not wait if you need urgent medical help.

People unable to leave their homes can still help make a key worker’s day thanks to a new project set up by Redbridge Mutual Aid.

Clover Ward, the children’s ward at King George Hospital has been temporarily closed and patients who need specialist care will be transferred to Queen’s Hospital.

Schools across Redbridge have answered the call to make up for a shortage of PPE by creating thousands of visors to keep frontline workers safe.

Former engineering apprentice Elliot Dervish went back to his old college to design a gadget to keep his mum safe while she’s on duty in an NHS hospital during the coronavirus emergency.

In our weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, OrangeLine assistant Anita Millar explains the valuable role her team of volunteers are playing in reaching out to support people who are lonely and isolated.

Follow our live blog for the latest news, announcements and medical advice from across east London, to be brought to you throughout the coronavirus crisis.

As surgeries are postponed, operating theatre practitioners are adapting to support ICU frontliners wherever they can.

Animal lovers have donated iPads to allow coronavirus patients to keep in touch with relatives.

A further seven care home deaths linked to coronavirus have occurred in Redbridge, new figures reveal.

A former airline worker who stopped his nursing training after a stroke is among those who have returned to help the NHS.

Redbridge Council’s cabinet will meet tonight to discuss the dire impact of coronavirus on the council’s finances.

Redbridge Council’s online information hub provides a wealth of information across a range of topics including the latest news during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gladys Xavier, director of public health, integrated strategy and commissioning at Redbridge Council, shares some advice on dealing with the continued lockdown.

A business is providing up to 300 meals a day for frontline hospital staff across east London during the coronavirus crisis.

An Ilford woman has started a translation initiative to convert the government’s Covid-19 guidelines into as many languages as possible to help people who do not speak English.

Volunteers from an Ilford mosque have delivered snacks to NHS frontline staff at the Royal London Hospital.

In the third of a weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, complementary therapist Klaire Craven explains how her team are managing when they can’t touch patients

Stressed out Londoners can help promote calm by having certain plants in their home and garden.

Six men have been arrested after fraudsters claiming to be from Barclays Bank targeted pensioners.

At least six deaths linked to coronavirus in Redbridge may not be captured in official estimates, new figures suggest.

A group of MPs and council leaders has written to the health secretary demanding a Covid-19 test centre.

Redbridge Council is urging parents to continue to vaccinate their children during the coronavirus pandemic while surgeries have put in place safety measures to reduce the risk of infection.

Hay fever sufferers have been given advice on how to avoid confusing their allergy with signs of coronavirus.

Redbridge Labour councillors have hit out at the lack of coronavirus testing as the government is far below the goal of conducting 100,000 daily tests by the end of April.

Essex & Suffolk Water is providing bottled water to help frontline NHS staff in hospitals across the region.

More than two million pieces of PPE have been delivered across London by the fire service to meet the exceptional demand.

The daughter of a 98-year-old Gants Hill coronavirus survivor recounts the “rollercoaster” ride from thinking her mum was going to die to beating the virus.


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

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