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Fulham 1914

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1914

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The Dispensary and its Allies-
The influence of the Dispensary cannot be measured by
the result of its own work alone, nor by the result of treatment
in individual cases, but by the effect of the System of
which it is the centre.
A satisfactory feature of Dispensary work in Fulham is
the co-operation between official bodies and voluntary
associations dealing with Consumption, all meeting on
common ground at the Dispensary.
Institutional Treatment.
76 patients—(53 men and 23 women), notified as
tuberculous, received treatment in sanatoria as patients
of the London Insurance Committee, their average stay
being 12 weeks.
Residential Accommodation for the Uninsured.
The London County Council state that they are
arranging for the provision of residential accommodation
of the following kinds:—(1) Observation; (2)
Hospital; (3) Sanatorium and (4) Chronic or advanced
cases. For the present they propose to secure 160
hospital beds, 240 sanatorium beds and 150 children's
beds, but they have not as yet taken into consideration
provision for advanced and chronic cases.
During the first half of the year the borough was
practically free from measles, there being only two
deaths during that period, but towards the end of the
year it became more prevalent and caused eight deaths
in the 3rd and 21 in the 4th quarter.
The death-rate was 0.20 per 1,000 or 0.24 per 1,000
below the average rate of the preceding ten years.