Through the keyhole: what the doctor sees

Posted on August 10th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 12 comments

How a visit to Croydon University Hospital led to a reflection on what we can do to reduce the burden on the NHS

In early April, I took a heavy fall on my shoulder while walking my dog in Lloyd Park. When my arm failed to regain its normal leverage after several weeks, I had an X-ray, then an MRI scan to reveal the true extent of … Read More »

London’s first Natural Health Service launches in Croydon, using nature to reduce demand on NHS

Posted on October 27th, by Beth Collier in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Health will be getting a lot more green with this first-of-a-kind London programme

The Natural Health Service launched in Croydon this autumn, encouraging residents to use nature to improve their wellbeing. The new initiative, the first in London, will provide and promote activity in the natural environment to support residents’ emotional, physical and social health, and by working with GPs, seek to reduce demand on the NHS.

The … Read More »

Croydon Council: bottom of the league for young and old alike

Posted on June 2nd, by Stuart Millson in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Conservative activist Stuart Millson isn’t impressed with where Croydon sits in the ‘league tables’ of London’s councils

League tables comparing the performance of each London council across all key services show Croydon to be at or near the bottom of the pile for key measurements in education and adult social care. Wandsworth Council, in a bid to monitor its own performance and share the results … Read More »

Mental health, loneliness and the needs of Croydon

Posted on May 18th, by Richard Pacitti in Politics & Society. No Comments

Richard Pacitti, director of Croydon Mind, looks at one mental health project that made a difference to vulnerable people

Like most people working in mental health, I was pleased by the government’s announced allocation of another billion pounds to mental health services. But, like many others, I was also concerned that the money should be spent in a way that would have the most positive … Read More »

Fast-tracked at Croydon University Hospital: what happened next?

Posted on April 22nd, by Amaraghosha Carter in Politics & Society. No Comments

Many of us have heard negative things about Croydon University Hospital. Amaraghosha Carter had a different experience

Having experienced some worrying medical symptoms over a few days, I called my GP in Friends Road, Croydon. I received a call back within an hour and when I explained my symptoms, he asked me to attend surgery that afternoon as an emergency appointment. He undertook some initial tests and … Read More »

June in brief

Posted on July 9th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of last month in a handy round-up

Storms added to rail chaos

Severe and unseasonal storm disruption to rail services was caused on Tuesday 2nd June after a number of fallen trees blocked lines at Forest Hill, south east London, stopping commuter journeys into London Bridge for most of the day. Routes had re-opened by 3pm but delays continued … Read More »

Head-to-head: Gavin Barwell and Sarah Jones answer our questions

Posted on April 29th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The Citizen presents the frontrunning candidates for Croydon Central – in their own words

The race in Croydon Central is Croydon’s most competitive electoral contest, and one of the closest in the entire country. With other parties a good way behind, it’s clear that either the incumbent Conservative MP, Gavin Barwell, or the Labour challenger, Sarah Jones, will win.

On 7th May, we will … Read More »