Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1919
In the table on the next page will be fonnd details of the work in 1919 of the
centres, and some of the special features of each are mentioned in the
following account: -
St. Pancras School for Mothers.—This Institution has two centres:—
(a) 1, Anipthill Square, N.W. 1.—This is a detached house used solely for
the purpose, the rent, rates and taxes being paid by the Borough
Council. It comprises a day nursery for infants needing observation
and special attention, and also provides dinners for needy
and expectant and nursing mothers and young children. In the
year ended 31st March, 1920, there were 1,394 attendances in the
nursery, and 2,474 dinners were supplied to mothers and 2,160 to
young children. The mothers pay 4d. for dinner. There is a dental
clinic at the centre, and in the same twelve months this was held on
39 occasions, and 348 mothers had extractions, stoppings, or new
dentures, and 81 children between two and five received attention.
A home help is also engaged for work in special cases in the homes
of mothers attending the Centre.
(b) 6, Chalton Street, N.W.I.—The branch was opened in 1918, and
serves Somers Town. The premises are part of the buildings of the
West London Mission and are engaged for part-time only, the rent
being repaid by the Council.
North St. Pancras School for Mothers.—This Institution has two centres:—
(a) Rhyl Street, N.W. 5.—The premises are mission buildings which are
rented for certain days in the week, the rent being repaid by the
Council. The Borough scheme provides for full-time premises for
this Centre, and a house has been taken for this purpose in an
excellent position at 129, Queen's Crescent, N.W.5, and will be
brought into use during 1920.
(b) Grafton Road Centre, N.W. 5.—This is in rooms placed at its disposal
on one day per week by the Borough Council at the Public Baths,
Prince of Wales Road, N.W.5.
South Highgate Mothers and Infants Welfare Centre, Chester Road, N. 19,
is held in rooms placed at its disposal on one afternoon p r week by the
Borough Council at the Public Library, Chester Road.
Passmore Edwards Settlement Schools for Mothers, Tavistock Place, W.C. 1,
—This is held in the Settlement premises, no rent being paid. Holborn cases
are also dealt with, but the St. Pancras cases are in the majority.
Camden Town 31others and Infants Welfare Centre, Greenland Street,
N.W.I.—'This is held in mission buildings rented for the purpose on certain
days in the week, the rental being repaid by the Council. The Borough
scheme provides for full time premises for this Centre, and a suite of rooms
has been taken for the purpose at 62, Camden Road, N.W.I, and will be
brought into use during 1920.
The Arggle Square group of Centres.—This consists of two centres which
were started through the munificence of Miss J. de Pass, and are now
subsidized by the Council like the other Centres, Miss de Pass bearing the