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Harrow 1954

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Harrow]

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General Hospital Service
Under the National Health Service Act most of the hospitals of the
country were taken over by the Ministry of Health. Apart from the
teaching hospitals these have been grouped into fourteen regions. For
each region a Hospital Board has been appointed; that of the hospitals
in or serving those living in Harrow is the North-West Metropolitan
Regional Hospital Board (Secretary A. J. Bennett, M.A., Senior Administrative
Medical Officer, H. M. C. Macaulay, M.D., 11a, Portland Place,
London, W.l, tel. No. Museum 9575). The area of this Board includes
the county of Bedford and parts of Hertford, Middlesex, Berkshire,
Buckingham and London.
The Hospital Board administers the hospital service through Hospital
Management Committees. The area covered by the Hospital Board has
been divided into 22 groups. The hospitals in each of these is under the
management of a Hospital Management Committee. That of most
interest to those in this district is the No. 11, or the Hendon Group
Hospital Management Committee; its headquarters are at Edgware
Hospital (Secretary, J. Fielding, F.H.A., Tel. No. Edgware 8181). The
hospitals in this group comprise:—
Edgware Hospital Edgware 644 beds
60 cots
King Edward VII Hospital Hendon, N.W.4 65 beds
Hendon Isolation Hospital Goldsmith Avenue, N.W.9 110 beds
Colindale Hospital The Hyde, Hendon, N.W.4 205 beds
Middlesex Maternity Home Bushey Heath 50 beds
30 cots
Stanmore Cottage Hospital Stanmore 9 beds
1 cot
Roxbourne Hospital South Harrow 50 beds
Oxhey Grove Oxhey Lane, Hatch End 42 beds
At the end of 1953 the Edgware General Hospital had 715 beds,
these being 312 medical, 207 surgical, 120 gynaecological and obstetric,
64 maternity cribs and 12 emergency beds.
The following out-patients clinics are held:—
Medical; Children's Medical; Diabetic; Psychiatric; Child Guidance;
Infertility; Ante-Natal; Post-natal; Gynaecological; Geriatric; Skin;
Children's Surgical; Traumatic; Orthopaedic; Ear, Nose and Throat;
Sinus; Deafness; Bronchoscopic; Vascular; Proctological; Genitourinary;
Ophthalmic; Dental; Radiological; Radiotherapeutic; Chiropody;
Surgical Appliances. Out-patients are seen by appointment on
the recommendations of their own doctors. The appointments office
(Edgware 2381, extensions 13 or 56) is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 noon.
The Harrow Council for many years maintained two Isolation
Hospitals, the South Harrow Isolation Hospital having been built by
the Harrow-on-the-Hill Council and the Stanmore Isolation Hospital by