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Acton 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]

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The Public Baths.
These are a great boon to the neighbourhood.
An important source of pollution of the water is the
corridor which runs between the edge of the bath and
the dressing boxes. Fully dressed persons walk in their
dirty boots while bathers with their feet carry the dirt
from the corridor into the bath.
It must be evident that a large amount of street
dirt is needlessly carried into the bath by the bathers.
This source of pollution might be prevented in the
following ways :—By a frequent washing of the corridors,
and by insisting that every bather should remove his
boots before entering the corridor. Slippers or sandals
might be provided for use in the bath only.
Some towns require in the second class bath, besides
the above precautions, the bathers to wash themselves
with soap and water before entering the swimming bath.
This could be managed if two of the Lavatory Baths
were given for the purpose and there were an attendant
to see the instructions carried out.
Mortuary Accommodation.
The Public Mortuary is situated at the back of the
Fire Station in High Street. It is a modern building,
constructed in 1901, and contains three tables for viewing
purposes and a Post-mortem room. It is fitted with all
the latest improvements, structurally and as regards
appliances. The walls of the whole of the interior are
constructed of white glazed bricks.
During the year 35 bodies were received into the
Mortuary, i.e. :—
23 Males and 12 Females—total 36.
Post-mortem Examinations were made in 22 cases.

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