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Harrow 1954

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Harrow]

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cannot be found at the Hendon Isolation Hospital are admitted to
hospitals further, and sometimes much further, afield.
Those suffering or suspected to be suffering from smallpox or typhus
fever are admitted to special hospitals.
Chest Hospitals
There are in the area of the North-West Metropolitan Regional
Hospital Board twelve hospitals for the reception of those suffering
from respiratory tuberculosis, these containing 1,734 beds. The ones
to which sufferers from this district are mostly admitted are Clare Hall,
South Mimms; Harefield and Colindale. In addition, in nineteen
general hospitals there are 901 beds for those suffering from respiratory
tuberculosis. These include 56 at the Edgware General Hospital, 20
at the Hendon Isolation Hospital and 30 at Hillingdon.
Mental and Mental Deficiency Hospitals
There are six mental hospitals in the North-West Metropolitan
Regional Hospital Board region with some 11,000 beds, and two more
hospitals with 3,500 beds in another region used by this region. Sufferers
from this area are admitted mostly to Shenley Hospital, near St. Albans.
There are in the region eight institutions for mental defectives with
some 5,500 beds. There are about 1,500 beds in five institutions outside
the region. In the main Middlesex patients are admitted to Harperbury
Hospital, near St. Albans; and to a lesser extent Leavesden Hospital,
Abbots Langley.
Convalescent and Recuperative Homes
Arrangements for the admission to convalescent homes of persons
who need nursing or medical treatment while they are at the homes are
made by the hospital almoners on behalf of the Regional Hospital
Persons who need only supervision and rest in homes which do not
provide nursing or medical treatment are admitted to homes by arrangements
made by the local health authority. These arrangements are
intended for those in whom a period of rest in a home would speed up
their recovery from some recent illness or perhaps make the recovery
more complete. An application is submitted by the patient's doctor to
the Area Medical Officer, being then passed to the County Medical
Officer who decides on the home the person should go to. Recommendations
made by the hospital staffs in respect of out-patients are
not now accepted, the procedure being for the patient to be referred by
the hospital to his own doctor. As contrasted with the arrangements
for convalescence made by the hospitals, for this service a charge is
made, but not in the case of pupils attending maintained schools.
By Section 187 of the Public Health Act, 1936, any person who
carries on a nursing home without being registered is liable to a penaltyThe
responsibility for registering and supervising these homes rests with