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First patients treated at new state-of-the-art heart centre

A new state-of-the-art cardiac facility at Barts Hospital in the City of London is set to welcome its first outpatients.

The facility, which will be part of the new Barts Heart Centre, will start receiving outpatients for cardiac MRI scans from today. The unit will have three dedicated cardiac MRI scanners and will be one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe.

Cardiac MRI uses radio waves and powerful magnets to create still and moving images of the heart. It is used to assess how well the heart is pumping, look for any type of scarring or damage to the heart muscle and also make sure that the arteries that supply blood to the heart are not severely narrowed or blocked.

Barts Heart Centre will start to welcome both outpatients and inpatients in Spring 2015.


Criminal investigation underway into baby hospital death

A criminal investigation is underway following the death of a baby at a London hospital earlier this year. The circumstances surrounding the death of a second baby at the same hospital are also under investigation.

Guys and St Thomas' Hospital Credit: PA

The babies were found dead in June at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. Police are focusing on the production of intravenous feeds. The health trusts are not under investigation.

'Fat shaming' does not encourage weight loss

Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them lose weight, according to a new report.

A study conducted by University College London over four years found that those who experienced 'fat shaming' gained on average one kilogram, while those who didn't actually lost weight.

The report notes its findings contradict the common perception that discrimination might encourage weight loss.

People's March arrives in London

NHS campaigners join in the People's March Credit: ITV

Campaigners protesting against what they see as damage caused to the NHS by the government will arrive in the capital today. The group of working mothers and supporters from the North East set out on the 300-mile march from Jarrow to London in August. The group followed the basic route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade, from South Tyneside to Parliament.They say they want to highlight the destruction caused by the Health and Social Care Act.


We nearly switched off his life-support, now our son is starting school

Five years ago Richard and Kelly Grahame made one of the toughest decisions any parent could have to make and agreed to turn off their son's life support machine. Doctors at Great Ormond Street told them their four-week-old baby Harrison wouldn't survive treatment for group B streptococcus and meningitis. But on the day they were due to say goodbye - Harrison fought back. He made a full recovery and - five years on - is about to start school.

Wet wipes cause fatberg the size of a 747

The fatberg was the size of a Boeing 747 Credit: Thames Water

Thames Water workers have been blasting a fatberg the length of a Boeing 747 underneath a road in west London. A ‘fatberg’ – a congealed mass of fat, wet wipes and other litter wrongly put down drains and toilets – formed under a 80 metre stretch of Shepherd’s Bush Road.

"A team of sewer experts from the company fought the ‘berg all last week The immense, solid blockage needed to be broken up and removed from the sewer to prevent sewer flooding to nearby homes and business."

– Thames Water

But Shepherd's Bush is far from being the worst offender when it comes to fatbergs. Kingston-on-Thames had a 15-tonne fatberg removed from a sewer last year. But top of the fatberg league is Harrow, with a staggering 13,417 blockages reported in the last five years. Shepherd’s Bush trails behind with just 68.

“Wet wipes cling to the fat. Fat clings to the wipes. And pretty soon your fatberg is out of control and sewage is backing up into roads, gardens and in the worst cases flooding up through toilets and into homes.“We’ve found all sorts in this sewer – from tennis balls to planks of wood . It goes without saying they shouldn’t be in those pipes. London – bin it, don’t block it.”

– Dave Dennis, Thames Water sewer operations manager

3 year-old from Gaza finds home in London after emergency heart operation

Hala with her mother and the host family who are looking after her. Credit: ITV News London

Three year-old Hala al Massri from Gaza is recovering at a home in London after she underwent a heart operation at the Royal Brompton Hospital. She was evacuated from Gaza after doctors discovered she has a "very complex" heart condition.

Accompanied by her mother, she had a three-day journey to London so surgeons at the Royal Brompton could perform the operation. She is now recovering with a host family in London.

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