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Leyton 1963

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Leyton]

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The following report has been submitted by Dr. W. R.Little, the Consultant Child
Psychiatrist, Leyton Child Guidance Clinic.
"In the last quarter of 1963, as compared with the last quarter of 1962, the
number of cases referred continued to increase from 45 to 62. We have increased our
staff by a remedial teacher (15 hours a week), a part-time secretary (20 hours a week)
both from December, 1963, and within the first quarter of 1964 we will have two fulltime
psychiatric social workers, to replace Miss Morawetz, the social worker who left
in December, 1963.
Contacts with other services from the clinic continue. The team visits Lea Bridge
Day School for maladjusted children each Wednesday and children referred for admission
there are also investigated. The response of the parents to an open evening at the
school was enormously encouraging. Discussion groups and lectures have been well
attended and stimulating to both clinic staff and visitors alike. "
Dr.W.R.Little, Consultant Child Psychiatrist to the unit at Whipps Cross Hospital
has submitted the following report on behalf of himself and Dr.Hinden, Paediatrician,
at my invitation.
"Since 1st October, 1962, 102 children have completed a course of treatment lasting
for an average of 33 days in the paediatric/psychiatric unit. The education services
co-operated by allowing 17 children to go out to local schools with great benefit to
the children concerned. The teaching time of Mrs.Wrag bourne, the hospital teacher, was
increased and a full-time occupational therapist's post had been advertised.
It has become the policy of the unit to set aside an active ward where the children
admitted for psychiatric reasons can be treated apart from the physically sick children.
This will be put into effect as soon as certain alterations to one of the two wards
can be completed.
I have followed up the children admitted in the last quarter of 1962, and results
for 18 children are as follows: of 3 only slightly improved, 2 improved further within
a year of discharge. Of 9 definitely improved, one relapsed and one became much improved
the remaining 7 were much the same. Of 4 much improved or cured, one relapsed and the
remainder were still much improved.
These results alone may be thought to justify the experiment of caring for children
with these kind of difficulties, on a first aid basis, as the results persist over a
short terra follow up of a year."
B.C.G. Vaccination
(i) No. of schoolchildren skin tested 582
(ii) No. found positive 65
(iii) No. found negative 517
(iv) No. vaccinated with B.C.G 517