London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

View report page

London County Council 1955

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

This page requires JavaScript

Acquisitions and leases

Opportunities were taken whenever possible to acquire suitable properties and sites for health service purposes or to secure long-term leasehold tenancies. The following leasehold tenancies and acquisition were completed during the year :

DivisionPropertyInterest obtainedService
1Latymer day nursery, Blechynden Street, HammersmithLeaseholdDay nursery
2Regents Park day nursery, 4 Prince Albert Road, St. PancrasLeaseholdDay nursery
Dibdin House, Maida Vale, Pad-dingtonLeaseholdMaternity and child welfare centre
337 Thornhill Road, IslingtonLeaseholdSchool treatment centre
496 Dalston Lane, HackneyLeaseholdDay nursery
29 Cadogan Terrace, HackneyLeaseholdMaternity and child welfare and school treatment centre
937 Sister's Avenue, BatterseaLeaseholdDay nursery
67 Victoria Drive, WandsworthFreeholdMaternity and child welfare and school treatment centre

DAY to Day administration of the services was continued by the nine divisional
health committees. In each division, the divisional medical officer is responsible, through
his administrative staff, for the co-ordination of the personal health services in his area.
During the year, members of the committees regularly visited health establishments in
their divisions.
Maternity and Child Welfare Centres
Details of changes in centres during the year will be found in the section on health
service premises, page 65.
Expectant and nursing mothers
First attendances at ante-natal clinics represented 43 per cent, of all women needing
ante-natal care compared with 45 per cent, in 1954. There has been a fall in the number
of attendances at post-natal clinics. The duty has now been laid on midwives to initiate
post-natal examination of all mothers having a home confinement. Midwives are
present at post-natal examinations at the centres and pay follow-up visits to those who
do not attend. Educational activities at welfare centres (see page 68) were continued
and increased attendances reported in the previous year were maintained.

The following tables give comparative statistics.

Clinics at end of year (including combined ante-natal and post-natal)Sessions per monthAttendancesPercentage of pregnant women making at least one attendance at ante-natal clinic