Homerton University Hospital's Accident and Emergency department is the first to be rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission. The Hackney hospital received an overall rating of 'Good'. The commission found it was safe, effective, caring and responsive to people's needs.
The department had consistently met the government's 95% target for admitting, transferring or discharging patients within four hours since April 2013.
Almost three million Londoners are to take part in pilot schemes for a Government plan to improve patient access to GPs. Extended opening times, plus videophone and email consultations, will be tested in North West London, Southwark, and Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering.
Comedian Ronnie Corbett was rushed to hospital after falling ill at his home near Croydon. The 83 year-old was suffering from chest pains last Sunday and underwent tests for several days, but doctors were unable to diagnose the problem.
He was discharged in time to attend the memorial of close friend Sir David Frost on Thursday. His wife Anne has told the Sunday Mirror, the illness could spell the end of his television career.
A new analysis of the highest diabetes rates in England has revealed that there is now an area, Brent in London, where over 10 per cent of people aged over 16 have diabetes.
According to the list of the 10 areas in England with the highest rates of the condition, published by Diabetes UK, 10.5 per cent of people in Brent have the condition. It is almost double the rate in the City of London which has England's lowest rate despite being just three miles from Brent.
As well as Brent, the other areas with the highest rates in England are: Newham in London (9.9 per cent); Wolverhampton (9.6 per cent); Harrow in London (9.4 per cent); Sandwell (9.4 per cent); Leicester (9.3 per cent); Redbridge in London (8.7 per cent); and Birmingham (8.7 per cent).
Thousands of campaigners marched from St. Thomas' Hospital to Downing Street this lunchtime to put pressure on the Government about changes to hospitals in the capital. Several have been told they will have units closed or downgraded. Glen Goodman joined the marchers.
The London Assembly's Health and Environment Committee will hear opinions from a range of experts about proposed cuts to accident and emergency units later. Seven hospitals are under threat across the capital.