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Edmonton 1920

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Edmonton]

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71
EDMONTON URBAN DISTRICT.
REPORT
OF THE
Chief Sanitary Inspector
For the YEAR 1920.
Public Health Department,
Town Hall, Edmonton.
To the Chairman and Members of the
Edmonton Urban District Council.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I have the honour to present to you my Report on the work done in the
Public Health Department for the year 1920 by your Inspectors and Staff.
The unsatisfactory position in which Local Authorities are placed with
reference to that ever-vexed question as to what is, or what is not, a sewer, is
still retarding the work of reconstruction of certain drainage. It seems
monstrous that Local Authorities should be made responsible for drainage
work on private property.
I sincerely hope that the Joint Isolation Hospital Board will, as speedily
as possible, undertake the removal of patients to hospital in their own ambulances,
properly equipped with nurse and attendants. This would, no doubt,
enable patients to be removed more expeditiously, although every endeavour is
made to remove all cases as quickly as possible; advantages would be gained
if the Hospital Board undertook the removal of all patients.
REMOVAL OF PATIENTS TO HOSPITAL
AND DISINFECTIONS.
No. of journeys of motor ambulance to remove patients to Winchmore
Hill Hospital 365
No. of journeys of horse ambulance to hospital 88
No. of journeys of bedding van to remove infected bedding 307
No. of journeys of bedding van to return bedding 300


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