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Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to rise in Havering, suggesting in will be put in a higher Covid tier.

The NHS has launched a campaign to get cancer referrals back up to pre-pandemic levels.

Ward volunteer Angela Bridge has experienced Saint Francis Hospice from both sides, both providing and receiving its care

More patients have died from Covid-19 at King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital since the start of the pandemic than almost anywhere else in London.

Less than a sixth of Havering dentists that answered a consumer group survey said they were accepting NHS patients.

The country’s top nurse visited King George Hospital for a virtual meeting to see the wards and congratulate three nurses who received awards for their service during the pandemic.

Peter Batt, a Saint Francis Hospice trustee, shares his perspective as a volunteer

Havering has confirmed it will be included in the early roll-out of rapid Covid-19 tests, although it initially appeared it had missed out despite having the highest coronavirus infection rate in London.

Special care homes for elderly people recovering from Covid-19 are being set up to help prevent the virus sweeping through nursing facilities as it did earlier this year.

Urgent brain scans for head trauma patients at Queen’s Hospital regularly take longer than the recommended hour, an inquest heard on Monday.

Jules Goodger, ward volunteer at Saint Francis Hospice, says she’s always guaranteed a smile and a laugh from patients and staff

Covid-19 cases in Havering have risen by a minimum of 21 per cent every week since mid-September, according to the latest government data.

Patients will not be able to use King George Hospital’s emergency department for children overnight during the winter as part of plans to help manage the coronavirus pandemic.

A roving mental health nurse will be stationed on train services in east London this autumn in an initiative to support rail users in crisis.

Private companies will be able to have a say in how NHS money is spent in the borough after a huge merger planned for next year.

Saint Francis Hospice’s direct marketing manager Katharine Ayres explains the different ways to pay tribute to a loved one, especially if you weren’t able to attend the funeral

Havering’s director of public health Dr Mark Ansell says we are all tired of the restrictions but we must also remind ourselves why they are there.

The daughters of a man who died at King George Hospital, two weeks after he contracted coronavirus under its care, say they were shocked to see a Covid patient coming and going from the ward for cigarette breaks.

A dramatic increase in waiting times for treatment nationally has meant the number of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT) patients receiving treatment within four months has halved.

“Like a sledgehammer, it’s smashed our world,” says a Rainham dad-of-two who says his partner of 21 years died because she was afraid to go to hospital during the pandemic.

The health trust which runs Queen’s and King George hospitals, confirmed 17 Covid deaths last week.

Joanne Alavoine is part of the Saint Francis Hospice human resources team

Town halls have teamed up with NHS Test and Trace in a bid to reach more people with Covid-19.

New data has shown large variations in coronavirus infection rates across Havering, with one of the borough’s worst-hit areas directly adjoining its least infected community.

Reception volunteer Abigail Feeley explains why she gives up her spare time to work at Saint Francis Hospice, which cares for people from Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham

Almost a fifth of businesses visited by Havering Council have not been complying with Covid-19 rules.

Being a new mum in the middle of a pandemic is a daunting prospect for many – but for those giving birth at Queen’s Hospital, a community spirit has flourished.

The number of Havering residents testing positive for Covid-19 has reached a record weekly high, according to the latest figures.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has criticised the government’s new Covid-19 tiered restrictions, saying they will cause “enormous” economic damage and worsened mental health.

London will be moved to Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Friday, MPs in the capital have been told.

An interactive floor has been installed as part of a refurbishment of Queen’s Hospital’s sensory room in the children’s ward.

The number of beds occupied by Covid-19 patients has crept up to 46 in Queen’s Hospital, Romford and King George, Goodmayes.

Lockdown hit Saint Francis Hospice’s charity shops hard. Director of retail and trading Michelle Nicholls explains how they are re-opening

A Rainham nurse has been awarded an MBE for her “instrumental” efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A landmark agreement between the NHS and a private Brentwood hospital has meant thousands of patients in east London and Essex have been able to keep receiving treatment while Romford and Goodmayes hospitals cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of people in Havering testing positive for Covid-19 has more than doubled in the space of just two weeks - taking it to the highest rate in the borough since April.

Havering businesses have been marked as “compliant” with coronavirus safety rules without even being inspected.

RedbridgeCVS, the umbrella body for charities and community groups, is holding a series of webinars to encourage people to learn more about cancer symptoms and how to get screened.

A man has revealed how his life has changed since suffering multiple serious injuries in a hit-and-run collision four years ago.

Havering Half Marathon, organised by mental health charity Havering Mind, has been cancelled.

This is What it Takes is the theme of this year’s Hospice Care Week (October 5-11.) Medical director Dr Corinna Midgley and palliative care consultant Dr Pia Amsler from Saint Francis Hospice – which cares for people from Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge – share their thoughts on what makes the charity such an integral part of the community and one we must never take for granted.

It’s been a tough year for all charities but Jane Frame, director of fundraising at Saint Francis Hospice, explains how important the community’s support has been to staff

“I remember my daughter calling an ambulance and being taken to hospital, then I don’t remember anything for the next two months.”

Young people battling cancer are set to benefit from age- appropriate support and care from a specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurse.

In seven months, Romford’s Queen’s Hospital and King George in Goodmayes have gone from having 25 people waiting in excess of a year for treatment to 1,254.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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