Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1927
annum, half of which is repaid by the Ministry of
Dr. G. F. Hardy is in medical charge.
The types of cases admitted are chiefly those suffering
from dietetic errors, malnutrition, wasting, rickets
ana anaemia. Acute cases, such as those of pneumonia,
are also treated.
There is a special arrangement whereby children
who have just had operations in larger hospitals may
be transferred to the Babies' Hospital. This is especially
useful in the case of minor operations such as
circumcision and the removal of tonsils and adenoids,
when the home conditions are unsuitable for aftertreatment.
The veranda at the back of the hospital which
looks on the lawn has been an asset in securing more
fresh air and sunlight for the children during the warmer
The ultra-violet ray treatment which was applied
in twenty cases has been useful for cases of rickets
and impetigo, but no apparent benefit resulted in cases
of malnutrition and wasting.
The following is a summary of the work done during the year:—
|In hospital, January 1st, 1927||14|
|Number of babies admitted during the year||109|
|Average duration of stay (days)||52|
|Number of cases discharged:—|
|(c.) No improvement||15|
|Number of deaths||9|
|Number of babies in hospital, December 31st, 1927||18|