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London to house world's biggest heart specialist centre

London is to be home to the world's biggest "centre of excellence" for people born with heart problems after health officials gave the go-ahead for a new specialist hub. The new specialist cardiac centre will be located at St Bartholomew's Hospital in central London.

General view of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in central London.
General view of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in central London. Credit: PA

Anne Rainsberry, regional director of NHS England London, said: "This programme is a brand new way of delivering care and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve services for today's patients and future generations.

"These 'centres of excellence' should also position London as a leader in research into cardiovascular disease and cancer, attracting some of the brightest and best clinicians and academics to work and study in the UK."

Train gets make-over to raise profile of genetic condition

The Max Appeal Train
Credit: Pelling PR

A First Capital Connect service has been branded to highlight a complex genetic condition called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which often goes undiagnosed in children. The train will today take eight-year-old Adam Tripp - who inspired the campaign - and other affected families to Cambridgeshire to visit a wildlife park.

The Max Appeal Train
The day out has been inspired by Adam Tripp who has the condition Credit: Pelling PR

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Cycle budget of £10 per head by 2020

The Transport Select Committee has suggested a budget of £10 per head by 2020 to ensure road safety for cyclists. It is currently at just £2 per head. The committee also called upon the Government to facilitate change across all Departments

"Transport ministers must demonstrate clear political leadership by championing cycling and the Department for Transport must coordinate action across government on this vital agenda'

– Louise Ellman MP, Chair of Transport Committee

'Don't wait to faint on the Tube' during hot weather

Obviously this is a serious issue for us. The advice as everybody knows travelling on the tube on a very hot day is do take water with you.

If you are feeling faint, if you're feeling suddenly you're going to be taken ill, don't wait to faint on the tube, get off on to the station platform or concourse where someone will look after you.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Some rails 'painted white' to help reflect the heat

On hot days, rails in direct sunshine can be as much as 20 degrees centigrade above air temperature.

As rails are made out of steel, they expand as they heat, and that expansion has to be managed. If a section of track is judged to be at risk, we introduce local speed restrictions to reduce the risk of track buckling.

Our teams know the areas at risk and we have watchmen in place today and tomorrow to keep an eye on them. Areas of concern can also have their rails painted white to reflect the heat.

– Network Rail

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Heatwave could force speed restrictions on rail routes

by Simon Harris: ITV London Correspondent

Rail bosses could be forced to introduce speed restrictions on some train services in London because of the heatwave.

Temperatures in Central London could hit 30C this afternoon, making it the hottest day of the year. Tomorrow will be even warmer.

Commuters at London Waterloo
Commuters at London Waterloo Credit: PA

London heatwave could have 'significant effect on health'

Parts of London have been warned to brace themselves for potentially dangerous levels of heat amid predictions that temperatures in the capital could be warmer than Hawaii and The Bahamas.

People enjoy the sunshine in St James's Park
People enjoy the sunshine in St James's Park Credit: PA

Health officials issued a heatwave alert following forecasts that temperatures may reach 32C (90F) in London on Friday.

Current figures suggest the hottest spots in London also look set to be warmer than European holiday resorts such as Crete (30C) and Ibiza (29C).

With temperatures set to soar, Public Health England (PHE) said that heatwave conditions can have a "significant effect on health".

'Exceptionally hot conditions' to begin from Thursday

  • The exceptionally hot conditions are expected to start on Thursday evening and continue to Saturday.
  • Public Health England says people should consider staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, to drink plenty of fluids and wear sun cream that is at least factor 15.
  • It has also asked people to be aware of children and the elderly, to ensure they are not suffering because of the heat.
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