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St Pancras 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St. Pancras, London, Borough of]

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Richard Carr Akers, who attends to the disinfecting chambers, was allotted
the additional duty of Attendant at the men's section of the Personal Cleansing
House, Miss A. E. Davy, Attendant at the Contact Shelter, was allotted the
additional duty of Attendant at the Women and Children's Section of the
Personal Cleansing House.
The departmental messenger was abolished by the engagement of general
messenger boys for the Town Hall.
In April, Mr. Walter Charles Ernest Child was appointed resident caretaker
at Goldington Buildings.
At the end of the year, in accordance with the recommendation of the Reorganisation
Committee, the Inspector of Workshops (Men) and the three
Inspectors of Tenement Houses were made District Inspectors, and each
allotted one-half of Wards 1, 5, 7, and 8, and all the District Inspectors were
instructed to include amongst their duties the inspection of registered tenement
houses, and workshops and factories where men are employed. Notice was
given to builders and others that the Sanitary Inspectors can be interviewed at
the Town Hall only between 9 and 9.30 a.m., and instruction was given to
the Inspectors to complete their office work and leave the Town Hall not later
than 10 a.m.
Inspector's Report.— The following is the Report of the Special Inspector:—
To the Medical Officer of Health. March, 1905.
I beg to submit my report for the year 1904.
Small-pox.— I investigated two cases of small-pox during the year, one on
June 9th, at H— S—. I was unable to trace the source of infection in this
case; the other occurred at P— S— on June 28th, the patient, a Russian
Jew, arrived in London from Libau two days before removal to Hospital.
27 Small-pox contacts came to the Contact Shelter where they received a
warm bath, and had their clothing steamed.
Contact Shelter.— In addition to the 27 contacts mentioned above, five other
contacts of infectious disease came to the shelter and were dealt with in the
same manner, including a midwife who had been attending a case of puerperal
fever in a neighbouring Borough, but resided in this.
Cleansing of Persons Act.— In the early part of the year the Borough
Council resolved that a certain sum of money be expended upon providing baths
for men. The work was completed on May 2nd. Circulars notifying the
provision of baths, &c., for verminous persons, were sent to the Hospitals,
Schools, Police Stations, and other Public Institutions in the Borough.
Owing to the demand it was found necessary to provide accommodation
for women and children; the alterations were completed on August i 9th,
with the result that we now have good accommodation for both males and
1796 persons came to the personal cleansing station, and received a warm
bath; carbolic and soft soap being provided. Whilst the person is in the
water his or her clothing is steamed.
Every month the station becomes more known, and if the numbers continue
to increase I expect more than 3000 persons will be dealt with next year.
Disinfection.— During the year 242 rooms were fumigated, and 244 stripped
and cleansed alter infectious disease.