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 Deptford Borough]
The Deptford Borough Council maintains three vehicles and provides
two part-time drivers to deliver meals to house-bound old folk and the
remainder of the meals to " Darby and Joan " clubs. The W.V.S. provide
the helpers for the delivery of meals.
Shops Act, 1950
In the course of their routine inspection the Public Health Inspectors
paid attention to the ventilation and temperature of shops and the provision
of washing accommodation and sanitary conveniences.
Baths and Wash-Houses
The Council maintains three swimming baths at Laurie Grove adjoining
the Town Hall. A plant giving continuous filtration and sterilisation
maintains the purity of the water at all times. The plant is capable of
filtering the whole of the water in the baths within four hours and the
system of " break-point" chlorination ensures the purity and safety of
the water even during periods of maximum use.
Two of the swimming baths are open all the year, but the large bath is
closed from October until April, during which time a sprung floor is put
in place and the building is used as a hall. In addition to the swimming
baths there are 60 slipper baths for public use at Laurie Grove.
At the Evelyn Baths, Clyde Street, there are 60 slipper baths and
facilities for Russian Vapour Baths and Foam Baths, and in addition a
public wash-house is provided.
At the baths at Ilderton Road 18 slipper baths are provided.
Pet Animals Act
Eight applications for licences were received, and all were approved by
the Council and granted.
During the year 37 examinations were carried out to ascertain if people
appointed to the Council's Permanent Staff were fit for admission to the
Forty-two examinations of sick employees were also made during the
year and reports submitted thereon.
Registration of Hairdressers' Premises
Fifty-eight premises are registered under Section 18(1) of the London
County Council (General Powers) Act, 1954.
Occasional inspections are made to ensure that the bye-laws are
Two hundred and fifteen certificates by Medical Practitioners in
respect of people travelling abroad were authenticated.