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Away from excitement about the coronavirus vaccines, medics in north London are desperately urging pregnant women in particular to get the seasonal flu jab. 
Whittington Hospital midwife Kate Aziz is among those encouraging expectant mums to get the more well-known flu jab as part of a London-wide campaign to fight the “double threat” of coronavirus and seasonal flu this winter.
This comes as Public Health England data revealed four out of five pregnant women had not had the flu jab this year.
Katie, a midwife and a vaccine specialist at the Whittington,  wanted to take the opportunity to remind pregnant women that the flu jab was safe at any stage, and vital to the health of both mother and baby. 

The Camden Learning Disability Service has won a prestigious national award.

England will be carved into three tiers of coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends on December 2, and this morning Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that Islington – along with the rest of London – will revert to being in the Tier 2 band.

Islington’s second coronavirus testing site has opened today in Finsbury Leisure Centre, after calls from Islington Council to make it easier for local people to get tests.

A special programme of events is coming to Islington for Carers Rights Day.

A photographer who captured Whittington Hospital staff at the height of the pandemic is publishing a photo book, with royalties going to the hospital’s charity.

Police have prevented an evangelical pastor holding an indoor Clerkenwell church service in defiance of the national lockdown.

Islington Council has rubber stamped an application to install superfast 5G antennas on top of Widnes House.

GPs in Islington are working together to host large flu jab clinics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Although hospital admissions due to coronavirus remain low in Islington, the borough has seen a “30-fold increase” in infections since the summer and health chiefs expect admissions to rise.

Building works are set to begin on new mental health facilities at the Whittington.

The NHS will be overwhelmed within weeks without a national lockdown in England, Boris Johnson has warned, as he ordered the country to stay at home in a bid to reverse the spread of coronavirus.

A paediatric nurse from the Whittington has called on hospitals to better educate staff to tackle racial bias.

North Londoners will wake up on Saturday to tighter Covid-19 restrictions.

A Belsize Park man has called for better social distancing on public transport by revealing pictures of commuters jam-packed into a London bus during the pandemic.

Islington Council is recruiting “coronavirus champions” to share up-to-date health guidance with the community, to make sure no one is confused by constantly changing measures taken in response to the pandemic.

An Islington charity is launching a campaign called Hidden Women to mark World Mental Health Day, offering support to women who are isolated and vulnerable due to Covid-19.

In a letter to the editor, NHS decision-makers across north London have assured the public that changes to hospital services are both “temporary” and “carefully thought through”.

A social media poll conducted by health watchdog Healthwatch Camden found that only 1 in 10 respondents were aware of the changes to children’s emergency hospital care in north London.

An Islington-based ovarian cancer charity has bagged £500 from a supermarket giant.

Islington’s first coronavirus testing site should be fully operational by Sunday – following calls from the council for a local centre.

An Islington care home has won a national award.

Negotiations to set up a walk-in Covid-19 testing centre in the Sobell Leisure Centre carpark have been ongoing for weeks - but Islington Council has “come up against red tape and delay”.

The Whittington Hospital in Archway has been designated as a “coronavirus-free” hospital, documents seen by the Guardian reveal.

Moorfields Eye Hospital is quadrupling the number of cataract operations this week in a drive to clear surgical waiting lists that have built up during the coronavirus lockdown.

A study has found almost all north London respondents broke social distancing rules at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

A new book, which gives a comprehensive picture of homelessness in Britain today, documents the work behind the Dying Homeless investigation.

More than 150 wifi antennas will be installed on top of two Islington Council tower blocks, but the council says they cannot be used for 5G.

A paratriathlon hopeful from Islington overcame a debilitating condition which causes constant, acute pain by having her leg amputated last year, against NHS advice.

Nursing staff at the Royal Free have rallied around a friend and colleague who was diagnosed with leukaemia but, because he was working as a bank nurse, is unable to get sick pay while he is treated.

Another People Friendly Streets area is all set to be installed in Islington.

Islington’s third People Friendly Streets neighbourhood has been revealed.

The mum of an Islington four-year-old with an extremely rare genetic disorder is telling their story as part of a national fundraising campaign.

Boris Johnson is facing calls to prove his chief aide Dominic Cummings, who lives in Islington, did not make a second trip to Durham during the lockdown.

Screwfix Kings Cross is closed for a deep clean because a staff member tested positive for coronavirus this week.

Crowds gathered once again to make their voices heard against Islington’s new People Friendly Streets.

Islington Council has agreed to pay all staff working in care homes full pay if they need to isolate because of a coronavirus infection, in what Unison has dubbed a “significant” victory.

Experts at Oxford University have created an online tool to pinpoint the local areas most at risk from a second wave of coronavirus, including in north London.

The leader of Islington Council has warned against complacency in the face of the “terrible, killer” coronavirus, as figures appear to show infection rates are relatively low in the borough compared to other parts of London.

A Muswell Hill violist who recorded with The Beatles is walking 10km in 10 days for a hospital fundraiser ahead of his 100th birthday.

Gazette reporter Emma Bartholomew gets tested for coronavirus antibodies at Pyser’s new testing centre in Old Street.

Islington Personal Trainer Pennie spells out the dos and don’ts of returning to your workouts post lockdown

A woman whose brother died of Covid-19 has accused Boris Johnson of showing bereaved families “huge disrespect” in the Houses of Parliament today, after he cracked a joke about Calvin Klein pants when he was asked what he would like to say to families who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

An Islington initiative is encouraging children to go the extra two kilometres with a new fundraising summer challenge.

Moorfields has enabled 80 per cent of its A&E patients to access the treatment they need through an online consultation since the coronavirus outbreak, without having to travel to the Old Street eye hospital.

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