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Tower Hamlets 1966

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Tower Hamlets, London Borough]

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The Council did not agree to make payment to the Association in respect of women
not referred via the Health Department.
The association is given free use of accommodation in three of the Council's clinics
for holding weekly family planning sessions. Additional clinic premises were made available
for their use this year, and new patients increased by 40 per cent over 1965.
Facilities are provided at a centre outside the borough for in-patient treatment
of mothers and babies when breast feeding difficulties are experienced or of babies with
dietary problems. No children were accommodated at the centre during the year.
The appointment of a health education officer in January of this year resulted in
greatly increased numbers of topics on health education being dealt with and to more
varied classes of audience. Better co-ordination with the various sections of the
department has led to a more efficient and streamlined machine. By changes in teaching
techniques, lectures have given way to discussion groups, stocks of visual aids have
been augmented and made more freely available, courses of health education in schools
have increased and more staff have attended part-time murses in teaching as well as
psycho-prophylactic and projectionist courses.
Considerable attention has been given to immigrant groups, smoking and lung cancer,
sex education and venereal disease, prevention of accidents in the home, mass radiography,
and cervical cytology.
(Statistics on page 107).
Health visitors maintain close liaison with the staffs of statutory and voluntary
bodies, general practitioners and hospitals in the borough. Their visits to expectant
mothers and to children under five years of age are shown with other statistics on page
108 . Health education work is carried out by means of personal contact as well as in
group sessions held at the clinics. At the request of the paediatricians concerned
health visitors attended the out-patients departments at hospitals to provide a link
between hospital and home.

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