Andrea Prout is the co-ordinator of Pemberton Place, Saint Francis Hospice’s day services and social hub for patients. She explains how her role has changed completely.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is among the top trusts for asking for feedback from its patients.

A Romford mum-of-two has told of the trauma of having six brain tumours in eight years.

“I feel proud of what I have done.” Nurses at King George and Queen’s hospitals have revealed their experiences after being transferred to work on critical care wards at the peak of the coronavirus crisis.

After beating cancer and then battling Covid-19 for three months, an Upminster mum celebrated her daughter’s birthday the day after she was released from King George Hospital.

Families can be reunited and dinner parties will be allowed as England’s coronavirus lockdown is eased - but millions of people will still be unable to hug their loved ones.

The NHS has prioritised Covid-19 from the moment its deadly potential became clear.

Shahina Haque, family support services manager at Saint Francis Hospice, explains the impact of Covid-19 on the bereavement support service

What started with one Upminster family receiving an unexpected tax rebate has become a major scrubs-making operation with 3,000 volunteers delivering to east London hospitals.

A coronavirus patient has recovered after 59 days in an induced coma and two days on the high dependency ward at Queen’s Hospital, during which time his wife was called in to say goodbye.

Havering GPs are reassuring people that it is safe to attend cervical screening appointments.

The number of people sent for urgent cancer investigations at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals has plummeted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.

Sharon Williams, complementary therapist at Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower, explains how her team have adapted to not being able to touch their patients

Havering Council’s health chief has called on the borough’s residents to continue following social distancing rules - or risk another lockdown.

A Barkingside councillor has launched a petition to get a permanent Covid-19 testing centre in Redbridge and Havering.

Elective surgeries are resuming at King George Hospital this week and the antenatal ward has moved to the ground floor to better protect patients.

Dagenham charity Sycamore Trust has adapted most of its programmes during the coronavirus pandemic, putting on virtual sessions to ensure service users don’t miss out.

Face coverings will soon be compulsory for people wanting to travel on public transport in England to limit the spread of coronavirus.

A Hornchurch GP opens up about how burnout is taking its toll on NHS staff wellbeing.

More than three quarters of Covid patients at King George and Queen’s hospitals have recovered so far.

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in England from Monday June 15, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced today.

Leading waste company Renewi has donated 2,000 surgical masks for use in care homes across east London.

A documentary series about the nursing staff at Queen’s and King George hospitals is due to air on BBC One next week.

In this week’s focus on Saint Francis Hospice, Bridget Moss, head of education, explains how staff have been able to share their expertise with hospitals and in the community

Over the past 20 years, Saint Francis’ Hospice at Home service has cared for more than 9,000 people and touched the lives of so many families and loved ones.

Coronavirus infections are beginning to plateau in Havering, according to Public Health England (PHE).

In this week’s column from Saint Francis Hospice, we hear from Sarah-Jane Higbee who has a hugely important role as domestic team leader keeping the hospice clean

A hospital trust paid out £1.8 million towards a temporary ward it did not require after a drop in coronavirus infections.

The Thinking of You service launched by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has already helped more than 1,000 people send messages to their loved ones.

What could the UK have done better and what lessons have we learnt, that could help us in the wake of a second peak? The Recorder spoke to a Hornchurch GP.

A&E wait times at King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital were worse last month than the year before, despite the number of patients dropping sharply.

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 nurse has described how acts of kindness have helped her cope with working on a Covid-19 ward.

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.

A retired Hornchurch PE teacher, whose son helped save 50 people’s lives, speaks of how the opt-out system “will change everything”.

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

A 34-year-old new mother from Dagenham, who gave birth in Romford’s Queen’s Hospital, describes the rollercoaster experience of giving birth at a time of coronavirus.

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

Rainham Asian Education & Cultural Society (RAECS) has donated 60 lunches to thank the NHS frontline workers at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

Tennis courts and fishing lakes in Havering reopened today, Wednesday May 13, after the government’s announcement allowing people to spend more time out of their homes, exercising or relaxing.

As the prime minister announced the first steps to ease the lockdown on Sunday night, followed by questions from the public and journalists in a broadcast last night, Havering has reacted with a mix of satisfaction and confusion about the next steps.

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

As government-issued food parcels from the shielding programme are wrongly-allocated, Havering volunteers have stepped in to share out the unwanted boxes as well as make more for those in need who have missed out.

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.


The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

Veterans are providing vital skills across a range of projects to help the country tackle the current coronavirus outbreak. From helping to build Nightingale Hospitals to delivering essential supplies to those who are shielding, they have helped thousands of people across the country. We take a look at how one such veteran is helping out.

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