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Hammersmith Hospital A&E closure expected to go ahead

The Hammersmith Hospital
The Hammersmith Hospital Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Protesters are expected to gather ahead of a meeting at Hammersmith Hospital, where it is expected that plans to close the A&E will be rubberstamped.

Other proposals expected to be given the final go-ahead include plans to close Central Middlesex A&E and demolish Charing Cross Hospital.


London Ambulance service was 'too busy' to respond immediately

We were called at 5.31pm to Uxbridge Road.

From the information received, it was established that the patient was conscious, but unfortunately because we were very busy we were not able to send an ambulance immediately.

We did dispatch crews at two different times, but they were then redirected to other patients who were reported to be more seriously ill or injured.

We arrived at the scene just before 8.30pm and the patient was taken to hospital.

– London Ambulance Service

The woman's condition is unknown.

Woman waits three hours for an ambulance after collapsing in the street

by Simon Harris: ITV London Correspondent

A woman who collapsed in a street in west London waited more than three hours for an ambulance. She was found by an off-duty police officer slumped in a doorway in Uxbridge Road, Hanwell at 5.15pm on Sunday evening.

Police at the scene in West London
Police at the scene in West London Credit: ITV News

The officer alerted colleagues who called for an ambulance. It finally arrived at 8.30pm.


New technique to diagnose genetic disorders in embryos

New technique to diagnose genetic disorders in embryos Credit: Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health

A pioneering technique to detect genetic disorders in embryos has been used successfully for the first time in Europe at a London clinic.

The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health has produced a pregnancy using the ground-breaking technique of Karyomapping for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

Karyomapping checks for defects in embryos prior to IVF treatment, ensuring only healthy ones are implanted.

The breakthrough gives people who carry a genetic disorder the option to protect their future children from the condition.

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

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
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