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Yellow men on tour

Yellow statues, designed to make people think about how they use Accident and Emergency services, have begun a tour across north London.

The figures each represent a different injury or illness - and are displayed alongside information on the best NHS services for treating that problem.

Doctors say many people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker treatment closer to home.

The yellow men in Stratford. Credit: NHS North East London
Each statue represents a different injury or illness. Credit: NHS North East London

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Each model depicts a different injury or illness Credit: NHS North East London

On Monday, huge yellow figures depicting different types of injuries will be on display in Spitalfields, to promote better use of A&E by the public. Latest official statistics show that Monday mornings are the busiest days for A&E departments.

The statues are designed to inform people about when to go to hospital, and when to seek local healthcare alternatives Credit: NHS North East London

It's also been estimated that up to 40% of people use A&E who do not need to.

The statues will then be popping up across east London to spread the message about better use of A&E as part of the NHS yellow and black ‘Not Always A&E’ campaign which started with a billboard campaign in December.

Campaigners say around 8% of all A and E visits could be treated at a local pharmacy Credit: NHS North East London

The campaign is backed up by a website that directs people to local resources.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home.

Before they were yellow - one of the creators of the big yellow people Credit: NHS North East London

Around 8% of all A&E visits could have been treated at a local pharmacy, and about 40% of visits to A&E end up with the patient just receiving advice or guidance rather than actual treatment. It has been estimated that unnecessary A&E attendances cost up to £100 million a year in England.

Provisional times and places to see the yellow men:

· Monday 28 January – 1pm-6pm – Bishop’s Square Spitalfields

· Tuesday 29 January – 10am-6pm – Stratford Centre - outside Stratford station

· Wednesday 30 January – 10am-6pm – High Street/Hoe Street - Walthamstow

· Thursday 31 January – 10am-6pm – TBC

· Friday 01 February – 10am-6pm Hackney Service Centre

· Tuesday 05 February – 10-6pm – Brewery shopping centre (outside TKMaxx), Romford

· Wednesday 06 February – 10-6pm – Barking high street

· Thursday 07 February – 10-6pm – The Exchange Ilford OR Ilford high street

· Friday 08 February – 11-6pm – Whitechapel Market

Mayor approves plans for redevelopment of fruit exchange

Mayor approves plans for redevelopment of fruit exchange Credit: ITV London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has approved plans for the redevelopment of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange.

The move will create thousands of new jobs.

At a public hearing in City Hall the Mayor approved plans which retain the building's historic façade whilst delivering 36,000 square metres of office space and 3,000 square metres of retail space.

The plans are also expected to create more than 2,300 jobs and generate a contribution of more than £2million towards Crossrail.

The plans will see the partial demolition of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange, with the erection of a six storey building for office and retail use .


Duchess of Cornwall at Chelsea Fringe Festival

The Duchess of Cornwall meets a resident of Spitalfields City Farm. Credit: London Tonight.

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Spitalfields City Farm this morning, in the first stop on her tour of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

The three week festival is independent of the official Chelsea Flower Show and aims to celebrate everything about gardening - from grassroots community projects to avant-garde installations.