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Hornsey 1958

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornsey, Borough of]

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three weeks from that time—12 days after obtaining a Court Order.
When she was visited before the expiry of the Order it was found that she
was much better physically but retained memory only for her youth,
although she was able to understand enough of day-to-day matters. It
was felt that she had insufficient volition to return home from the Institution
and therefore remained voluntarily under care.
I am informed by Dr. A. N. Exton Smith, Physician to the Geriatric
Department of Whittington Hospital, that the total number of Hornsey
patients admitted to their Unit during 1958 was 247. The average length
of stay in hospital was about 10 weeks and those who were transferred
to "Whittington" in Broadlands Road for convalescence stayed, on
average, a further 5 weeks. Almost a quarter of the patients were transferred
for convalescence, the majority of these being women but as there
were now 4 beds for men at the Halfway House in Broadlands Road more
men would benefit in the future.
Hill Homes
Mrs. Margaret Hill, C.B.E., Chairman of Hill Homes Ltd., has provided
me with the following information.
"There are six Homes:—
"Trees", 2, Broadlands Road, N.6.
"Delia Grotten", 21, View Road, N.6.
14, Bishopswood Road, N.6.
"Northolme", 22, Broadlands Road, N.6.
22, Stanhope Road, N.6.
"Nuffield Lodge", 22, Shepherd's Hill, N.6.
In addition, there is a half-way house, "Whittington" at 20, Broadlands
Road, N.6., which we run for the King Edward's Hospital Fund for London
and the Hospital, and which takes 30 patients for convalescence.
Including the half-way house, we have 225 beds and practically all our
residents are extremely old or suffering from infirmity. We take no
able-bodied younger people at all.
The majority of our residents stay until the end of their lives unless
they require definite hospital treatment. We have between 1,000 and
1,500 applications a year which shows the need for care of this type. We
have nearly 100 staff including gardeners.
The charges vary between £3 17s. and £5 15s. 6d. per week. 55 pay
for their own maintenance, the others all come under Part III accommodation
and are maintained by the appropriate County Councils."
Activities of the Old People's Welfare Council
I am indebted to Councillor Miss O. Anderson, Chairman of the Old
People's Welfare Council for the following report.
"There are approximately 4,000 names on our Register, and during the
year more than 4,000 visits were paid by the visitors attached to the