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City of Westminster 1944

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Westminster, City of]

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HOME HELP SERVICE FOR MATERNITY CASES.
The City Council during the year authorised the engagement
of two whole-time Home Helps to help in the homes during confinement,
etc. Mothers having such assistance contribute towards the cost
according to their financial circumstances. Difficulties were
experienced in securing the services of suitable women but two
helpers were engaged.
HEAD LICE.
The Health Visitors have continued to give the subject. of
personal hygiene, including the infestation by head lice, special
observation and instruction both in the home and at the Centres.
Cleansing facilities are available at the City Council's Cleansing
Station and for expectant mothers and children at the Maternity and
Child Welfare Centres. Where necessary suitable combs for use at
home have been supplied.

DENTAL TREATMENT - Clinic Reports.

New CasesRe AppointmentsExtractionsFillingsOther OperationsAnaesthetics
LocalGeneral
19431465394982832852296
19441415122833043731766
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DIPHTHERIA IMMUNISATION TREATMENT AND SCHICK TESTING. Children Immunised in. 1944

Under five years of age276
Over five years of age9
L.C.C. School Children (Immunised by City Council's Medical Staff)24
Children Schick Tested in 1944309
Negatives323
Positives7
Total tested330
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INFLUENZA - NURSING AND DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE
IN THE HOME.
Mention was made in the Annual Report for last year of a
scheme formulated by the City Council for providing voluntary nursing
and domestic assistance in the homes of inhabitants where there was
sickness due to the incidence of influenza.
This scheme continued in operation throughout the year, the
voluntary nursing assistance being provided by members of the British
Red Cross Society and the St. John Ambulance Brigade. Non-nursing
assistance being provided by members of the Women's Voluntary


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