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Bromley 1955

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Bromley]

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Only six vacancies arose during the year, as compared with
nine in 1954.
The increasing frailty of many of the residents is very
Medical attention remains on a very satisfactory basis,
although admission to hospital has been very difficult to obtain
except in cases of emergency.
Somewhat contrary to expectations, the installation of a television
set in the Home has been greatly appreciated by the residents.
The usual coach outing, kindly arranged by the Ladies'
Circle of Bromley, took place during the year and, as always, was
much enjoyed. Local residents are most kind in inviting old people
from the Home to tea.
The Home continues to have the kind offices of the Rev. R. P.
Appleton who also serves as a member of the House Committee.
The staff position remains as in the 1954 report. It must,
however, be noted that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find
suitable women for the post of Assistant Matron.
During the financial year ended 24th September, 1955, the total
cost of maintaining the Home amounted to £4,399 against a total
income of £4.967. leaving a surplus of income over expenditure of
£568. This unusually satisfactory state of affairs is due almost
entirely to the increased contribution towards maintenance from
the Kent County Council.
"Dunoran Home," Park Farm Road, Bickley.
This Home is run by the Bermondsey and Southwark Group
Hospital Management Committee, and I am indebted to the
Medical Superintendent for the following information:—
During 1955, fifty-five patients were admitted, thirty-nine discharged,
and eighteen died.
Many of the permanent younger patients were again able to go
for a seaside holiday through the kindness of the Group Management
Committee. Their places were occupied by patients from
their homes, whose relatives needed a rest.
The car which has been bought by some of the W.V.S. and
their friends was a great boon, and there were many trips for
shopping and sight seeing, which made a welcome break in the
patient's routine.
The patients now have their own entertainments committee and
would welcome any offers from Bromley residents to lecture or