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Finsbury 1937

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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each necessitous patient confined at home and 20s. for each hospital
admission; 26 cases admitted and 10 district cases were adjudged
to be necessitous and were paid for at the above-mentioned rates.

The following were the conditions calling for admission in the 190 cases which were charged as in-patients under the Council's Midwifery Scheme:— Maternal Causes.

2.Abnormal Labour86
4.Repeated Still-births1
6.Associated Maternal Disease29
7.Unsatisfactory Home Conditions16
Foetal Causes.
3.Intrauterine death1

Co-operation With Hospitals.—Requests for reports as to
home conditions, etc., are received from time to time from hospital
almoners in respect of Finsbury mothers who have applied for both
in- and out-patient treatment for their confinements at Hospitals
outside the Borough, and not included in the midwifery scheme.
The Health Visitors make the necessary enquiries and reports
are sent.
Post-Natal Clinics.
It has been stated by gynaecologists that well over 50 per cent.
of the gynaecological conditions from which women suffer have their
origin in child-bearing.
The value of post-natal clinics can scarcely be over-estimated
as a means of maintaining a healthy and alert motherhood.
It is disappointing therefore that more use is not made of the
post-natal clinics established under the Scheme.