Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]
Dr. Harley Stevens, Senior Tuberculosis Officer, resigned on the 16th
April to take up a position elsewhere.
Dr. J. W. Crawford was appointed Tuberculosis Officer and Assistant
Medical Officer of Health on the 29th June. He was afterwards promoted
to the position of Deputy and Assistant Medical Officer of Health on the
22nd February, 1939.
Dr. R. M. Orpwood was appointed Assistant Tuberculosis Officer and
Assistant Medical Officer of Health on the 2nd November.
Mr. E. P. Simpson left the service owing to ill-health on 31st January,
Miss A. I. Ward, a clerk in the Maternity and Child Welfare Section,
resigned on the 25th June to take up a position elsewhere, and Miss R. Frankel
was appointed on the 29th June to take her place.
Mr. P. Goldman, a clerk, was appointed on the 30th March to fill the
vacancy of Mr. Coveney who was appointed a Sanitary Inspector.
Mr. W. Swan was appointed Caretaker at the Tuberculosis Dispensary in
Devonport Street on the 30th March to fill the vacancy of Mr. Crockford,
Mr. H. Vaughan was appointed General Relief Man on the 27th July.
Air Raid Precautions.—The Medical Officer of Health attended the Civilian
Anti-Gas School at Easingwold from the 17th April to 23rd April where a
course of instruction in anti-gas measures was given to Medical Officers of
Health. Mr. E. J. Edwards a Sanitary Inspector attended the Civilian AntiGas
School at Falfield from the 23rd May to 4th June, and on obtaining the
Instructor's Certificate was seconded on the 17th September for the purpose
of instructing the Air Raid Precautions personnel of the Council in anti-gas
Mr. H. J. Green, a Sanitary Inspector has temporarily taken over the
normal duties of Mr. Edwards as from 10th October. Mr. E. P. Webber, a
clerk who is a qualified Sanitary Inspector, has temporarily taken over the
normal duties of Mr. Green as from 10th October.
One temporary clerk has been engaged to replace Mr. Webber and one
additional temporary clerk has been engaged owing to the increase of work
in the department resulting from Air Raid Precautions.
The duty of organising the Borough Council First Aid Casualty Services
for Air Raid Precautions has been placed upon the Public Health Department.
Nursing in the Home.—The arrangements made with the East London
Nursing Society for the nursing of cases of Measles, Pneumonia following
Measles, Ophthalmia Neonatorum, Puerperal Fever, Puerperal Pyrexia and
Pemphigus Neonatorum were continued, and consequent upon the passing of
the Midwives Act, 1936, were extended to include "all complications and
illnesses arising out of maternity." The Council pay this Society 1s. 3d. per
visit to such cases and 1,181 visits were made by them during the year i.e.,
1,084 to Measles, 97 to Ophthalmia Neonatorum.