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Barking 1961

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Barking]

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PERSONAL HEALTH SERVICES
This section deals with those services which come under the control of the
Barking Health Area Sub-Committee of the Health Committee of the Essex County
Council.
CLINIC PREMISES
In connection with the future Capital Building Programme the following projects
have been included:-
Woodward Clinic
This was almost destroyed during the last war and was built up as a civil
defence post. Plans are in hand for the building to be reinstated to peacetime
standards.
Central Clinic
This clinic was built in 1933 and plans are in hand to extend and remodel the
existing accommodation. This will provide an opportunity to house the dental
workshop in permanent accommodation and to provide purpose-built accommodation
for the chiropody clinic.
CARE OF MOTHERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN
MATERNITY SERVICE

Ante-Natal Care. This was given as follows:-

Clinics545
Hospitals (excluding Barking Hospital)122
General Practitioners270
Total937
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Confinements. During the year 942 mothers were confined, giving birth to' infants (including 9 sets of twins). These were born as follows:-

Harking Hospital527
Other Hospitals123
At home300
At Private Nursing Homes1
Total951
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In three instances patients failed to seek ante-natal care, the reason being
that the expected babies were illegitimate.
Post-Natal Care. 535 Barking mothers attended the Post-Natal
a total of 582 attendances. In addition, 290 mothers were under the care of their
family doctors and 123 were under the care of hospitals outside the district
I should like to take this opportunity of emphasising how necessary it is for
every woman after her confinement to have a post-natal examination, when so much
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