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Lewisham 1936

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

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Efficiency of Notification.—The ratio of non-notified tuberculosis
deaths to total tuberculosis deaths was one in twelve.
It was not necessary to take any action in regard to the nonnotification
of tuberculosis during the year.
Public Health (Prevention of Tuberculosis) Regulations, 1925.—
No action was taken under the above Regulations, which relate to
tuberculosis employees in the milk trade.
On May 7th, 1936, the new Tuberculosis Dispensary at 1,
Blagdon Road, was formally opened by H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent.
It has taken the place of the old inconvenient temporary building
at 47, Catford Hill, which had housed the Dispensary since its
inception in 1916. The new building consists of the ground floor
for all the medical work and the first floor for the Care work,
including the Handicrafts Class. The whole building is well
lighted and heated and has a constant supply of hot water. It is
more centrally situated in the Borough than was the former
Dispensary and more convenient for the large new housing estates
at Downham and Honor Oak, to which so many families containing
tuberculous members are transferred.
The Dispensary Staff is unchanged and consists of one Tuberculosis
Medical Officer, one Clerk Dispenser, three Health Visitors,
one Care Committee Secretary with a Clerk ; there is also a
voluntary worker, who gives her whole time to care work, to the
great benefit of the patients.
The primary notifications of tuberculosis for 1936 numbered
379, of which 294 were of pulmonary tuberculosis and 85 of other
forms of tuberculosis. During the year, 141 persons died from
pulmonary tuberculosis and 16 died from other forms of tuberculosis.
The death rate from pulmonary tuberculosis was 0.62 per 1,000
inhabitants, a slight increase on the rate for 1935.
Cases on Register.—The number of cases on the Town Hall
register on December 31st, 1936, was 1,634, comprising 1,238
cases of pulmonary tuberculosis and 396 cases of non-pulmonary
tuberculosis. The number of cases on the Dispensary register was
987, of which 808 were of pulmonary tuberculosis and 179 of nonpulmonary