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Chelsea 1960

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1960

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Health Visitors are available at the Centre for interview
daily from 9 a.m. to 10.15 a,m, and from 4.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and
during these times may be contacted by telephone (FLAxman 8387)
A Welfare Foods Department, whereat National Dried Milk,
Orange Juice and Cod Liver Oil may be obtained, functions at the
above Centre from 1.30 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday; Friday 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. closed on Saturday.
A local authority is required, under Section 21 of the National
Assistance Act, 1948, to provide -
(a) residential accommodation for persons who by reason of age,
infirmity or any other circumstances are in need of care and attention
which is not available to them, and
(b) temporary accommodation for persons who are in great need
thereof, being need arising in circumstances which could not
reasonably have been foreseen, or in such circumstances as the
authority may in any particular case determine.
One institution - "King's Mead", Dovehouse Street is maintained
by the London County Council in the Borough as "Part III" accommodation,
and they are, in this particular respect, "the local authority".
It was considered essential to arrange for the reception of
11 persons in such accommodation during 1960, and all but 2 of these
admissions were made at "King' s Mead". In a number of the cases
concerned, transfers were only effected after considerable persuasion.