Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
relief stations, viz. : Barnes-street, E.14, Harley college, Bow-road, E.3, Cathnorroad,
W.12, and Renfrew-road, S.E.ll. These arrangements came into operation
on 1st January, 1935. Similar arrangements are contemplated at other medical
relief stations in the near future.
It is a criticism frequently heard of the district medical service that it is out
of touch with the specialised services now available for other classes of patients.
Every effort has been made to remove this reproach from the district medical service
of London. By a simple procedure the district medical officer can obtain, at the
nearest Council's hospital, an expert opinion and report on any patient. The
full resources of the Council's general hospitals as regards X-ray work, pathological
examination, massage, electrotherapy, and convalescent treatment are freely
available for any of those patients who require them. These facilities are being
The following table shows the volume of work done as indicated by the number
of consultations and domiciliary visits made by (a) part-time medical officers
engaged in private practice and (b) medical officers on the staff of hospitals.
No comparable figures are available for the calendar year 1933, as a very considerable
reorganisation of districts came into operation on 1st April, 1933, and it
was therefore impossible to obtain statistics for the first quarter of that year. Comparable
figures are, however, available for the years ended 31st March.
The number of domiciliary visits during the calendar year 1934 was 76,884,
compared with 71,086 for the twelve months, 1st April, 1933, to 31st March, 1934.