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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lewisham Borough]
General Provision of Public Health Services in the Borough.
Hospitals Provided or Subsidized by the Local Authority or by
the County Council.
(1) Tuberculosis.—The London County Council is responsible
for the provision of Institutional treatment of tuberculosis
in London. The Grove Park Hospital, formerly the Greenwich
Workhouse, which is situated on the outskirts of the
Borough, has recently been opened for the reception of
advanced cases of tuberculosis.
(2) Maternity.—The Council's Maternity Home is situated at
41, Rushey Green, Catford. It was opened in 1918, with
12 beds, increased to 17 in April, 1924.
(3) Children.—The Council does not provide Institutional
treatment for ailing children.
The Hostel which forms part of the Sydenham Infant
Welfare Centre provides 12 beds for wasting and premature
The South-Eastern Hospital for Children is situated at
Sydenham, in the Borough of Lewisham.
(4) Fever and Small-Vox.—The Metropolitan Asylums Board
is the Authority responsible for accommodation for
infectious diseases. One of this Board's Institutions, the
Park Hospital, is situated in the Borough.
(5) Other Hospitals.—The only Voluntary General Hospital in
the Borough is the St. John's Hospital, and this, and the
Lewisham Hospital, which is maintained by the Lewisham
Guardians, chiefly provide for the needs of the inhabitants
of the Borough. The Miller General Hospital, which is
situated a short distance from the Borough boundary, and