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Erith 1915

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Erith]

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We can now accommodate a total of 52 patients.
In addition there are a porter's lodge, laundry and
drying room, steam disinfector, mortuary and ambulance
Two ambulances are kept, and a van for removal of
infected bedding. No horses are kept at the Sanatorium,
but are hired from a local contractor as necessity arises.
The Staff at the Sanatorium consists of a Matron,
a Sister, and 4 Nurses, with the necessary domestic staff,
a porter and porteress, who resides in the porter's lodge.

Table showing the number of patients treated during the year.

Scarlet Fever.Diphtheria.Total.
In Hospital, January 1st, 191542446
Admitted during year19858256
Discharged ,, ,,21549264
Died ,, „156
In Hospital, December 31st, 191518624

No patient who has been suffering from Diphtheria
is discharged from the Sanatorium until a bacteriological
examination of a swab taken from the throat, or from
any discharge that may exist, shows that the Bacillus of
Diphtheria is no longer present, at least two consecutive
negative results being required.

Table showing comparative returns or admission during the past 11 years.

Searlet Fever7410790102107122847850105231198
Enteric Fever911624

(3) Administration of Local Acts or General Adoptive
Acts in force in the District.
The following adoptive Acts or portions thereof are
in force in the District:—
The Infectious Diseases (Prevention) Act, 1890.
The Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1890.
The Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907 (Sections
19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 31 and 33 in Part II., and Section
51 in Part III.).