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St Pancras 1936

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

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Particulars concerning some of the special activities of those individual Centres referred
to in the above table to which a definite area is assigned are given in the following paragraphs : —
St. Pancras School for Mothers, 1, Ampthill Square.
In addition to the consultations provided by the Council, interviews with parents
(apart from those otherwise recorded) numbered 958. Other activities of this centre
include the following:—
Classes for Mothers.
At Health Talk classes there were 511 attendances; and at needlework, etc., classes,
813 attendances.
Dinners for Mothers and Children.
These are supplied at a very small charge for necessitous cases. Nursing and
expectant mothers were supplied with 2,225 dinners and young children with 770.
Observation Day Nursery.
This is for children attending the Centre who need special care. There were 1,696
attendances during the year, of which 505 were made by infants under one year of age, and
1,191 by children from 1 to 5 years of age.
Dental Clinic.

The Dental Surgeon is Mr. George Thomson, L.d.s. During the year 49 consultations were held, at which 204 treatments were provided for mothers and 160 for children. Details of the work done are given in the following table :—

Extractions with anaesthetics4013
„ without anaesthetics52
Impressions and fitting dentures, etc.60
Examinations and advice1772

This clinic is provided out of funds obtained from voluntary sources, except for
a contribution towards fees of the Dental Surgeon made by the Borough Council.
The Dental Surgeon submits the following observations:—
The prevention of dental caries is possible if children of 2, 3 and 4 years are
regularly inspected.
The molar teeth may thus be preserved till 10 or 11 years, when they are
shed to be replaced by permanent teeth.
Mothers are usually willing to accept advice as to the preservation of the
temporary teeth.