Wanstead Playground Association Opens Play Park


playground 1On Saturday 16th July, the Wanstead Society was pleased to Welcome the Mayor of Redbridge in formally opening the Wanstead Playground. Our Chairman, Scott Wilding, has been a trustee of the Playground Association for 2 years working with parents and guardians to raise over £100,000 for this great cause.image2

The Wanstead Society donated £1,200 which paid for new pic-nic tables.

It has been a long campaign but its finally open. Scott Said: “My nan used to take me to play at that park when I was little, and now future generations can enjoy this facility. It’s a great bit of news – well done Wanstead for raising all the funds needed”

It is hoped that the play-park will provide free fun for kids for at least 20 years before needing to be replaced again.

Wanstead Society Donates £1000 to Wanstead Playground Association


PlaygroundThe Wanstead Society has donated over £1,100 to the Wanstead Playground Association since it was formed 2 years ago. Our Chairman, Scott Wilding, is a trustee of the Charity and has worked with the Committee to ensure this great appeal has as much funding as possible.

The fund raising activities have been so successful that work is due to start in the next few months. It’s a great achievement for the whole community and one that will see our children use a vital community asset. Overall over £100,000 has been raised for this small corner of Wanstead and 90% of that was from volunteers and donations. It’s a real testament to what can happen when the community pulls together.

Wanstead’s very own Fake or Fortune

GuercinoA painting that hung in St Mary’s Church in Wanstead for over 100 years of Christ’s resurrection was thought to be a 19th Century painting. It is in fact a 16th Century studio copy of the original Guercino which sits in the Chicago Museum of Art.
The Wanstead Society has pledged to help restore this painting, expected to cost around £30,000. When the painting is restored it will go back on display having had over 400 years or dirt removed to reveal the beautiful colours that hide behind.

St Mary’s is hosting a music concert on 26th September 2015 to raise funds for the restoration of this painting. If you are interested to know more, please e-mail info@wansteadsociety.org.uk

Wanstead nominated by the Kennel Club as Dog Friendly Place

Dog WalkWanstead High Street has been nominated in the Kennel Club “dog friendly Awards”. We are happily home to lots of dog-friendly businesses along our High Street so let’s get Wanstead officially on the map as a great place to take our pets. Go to the below link and vote for Wanstead – vote closes on 18th September 2015.


Whipps Cross Hospital “Inadequate”


The CQC Deems Whipps Cross University Hospital Inadequate: By Gemma Hughessaveourhospital

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently published its Quality Report on Whipps Cross University Hospital, noting that significant improvements to most of the Hospital’s services are required. The CQC gave Whipps Cross an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’, extending this rating to its urgent and emergency services, medical care, surgery, services for children and young people, end of life care and outpatients and diagnostic imaging. Services such as maternity and gynaecology and critical care, meanwhile, were found to “require improvement”.

Whipps Cross is managed by Barts Health NHS Trust, which has admitted to having been put into special measures, meaning that regulators are currently working to improve its services. Key findings included:

  • A culture of bullying and harassment dominated the Hospital.
  • Morale was low and staff were afraid of repercussions if they spoke to inspectors.
  • One of the reasons for the low morale was the removal of 220 posts in 2013. Reorganisation had a detrimental effect on the staff and the service they provided.
  • The environment was not conducive to recruiting and retaining staff, nor to the sustainability of services.
  • Faulty IT systems had a negative impact on safety and care of patients, many of whom struggled to obtain appointments and to receive recognition of their need for care.
  • Patients, staff and stakeholders are still concerned about the quality of service provided.
  • The lack of staff was causing safety concerns; handovers between medical staff were unstructured, leading staff members to lack information on patients’ needs.
  • The management of medicines (including storage and administration of medicines) required improvement in some areas.
  • Opioid use was inconsistent across wards.
  • Patients close to the end of the life were not identified, so their needs were often unmet.
  • The management of patient’s nutritional and hydration was irregular.
  • Improvements were required to ensure that staff gave patients the care and compassion they deserve.
  • The high bed occupancy meant that operations were often cancelled, or that patients were frequently moved from ward to ward.
  • Some patients were forced to face delays of over 18 weeks from referral to treatment.

The report did mention areas of outstanding practice, including pain relief for adults an children and womens’ satisfaction with The Great Expectations maternity programme. The report also noted that although improvements had been made and there were examples of good practice (such as close multi-disciplinary working), further work was required. The report is a wake-up call to the detrimental effect of cutting back on NHS funding. Thus far, various groups such as parents of addicted youth, families of the elderly etc., are calling for increased NHS funding. Parenting when addiction is involved and caring for vulnerable family members is a challenge in its own right, but with many health services close to collapse, current provisions for public health are clearly inadequate.

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