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Fulham 1927

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1927

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fathers or persons in attendance at the birth. The
still-births during 1927 were equal to 2.3 per cent,
of the registered live births.
Home Visitation of Mothers and Children.—The home
life and surroundings have a fundamental influence on
the physical and mental health of the mothers and
children and the home visits of the Health Visitors
constitute an important part of the Maternity and
Child Welfare Scheme. Each of the Health Visitors
has a district of her own and her local knowledge is
an asset to her in her work.
As the Health Visitors are all trained nurses and
qualified midwives, in addition to having special experience
in public health and infant welfare, their advice
and assistance is of the greatest service to the mothers
in their districts.

During the year 1927, the visits paid by the Health Visitors were as follows :—

First visits to infants2443
Re-visits to infants10664
Re-visits to children aged 1 to 5 years old10947
Visits to cases of ophthalmia neonatorun33
Ditto measles508
Ditto pneumonia48
Ditto diarrhoea10
Ditto puerperal fever7
Ditto puerperal pyrexia26
Other visits921

Maternity Home, 706, Fulham Road, S.W. 6.—This
home, which is a Borough Council undertaking, being
owned by the Council and staffed by its Officers, is
under the medical charge of Dr. Ruby Thomson, Assistant
Medical Officer of Health.
It contains accommodation for ten patients. It is
intended for women who have no proper accommodation
for their confinements in their own homes. Only apparently
normal cases are admitted, and it differs in this
respect from maternity and other hospitals. There is