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 Finsbury Borough]
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.
|6.||Associated Maternal Disease||29|
|7.||Unsatisfactory Home Conditions||16|
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
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.