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East Ham 1928

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]

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The entertainments given by Concert Parties and a Band at
various times during the year were much appreciated by the
patients, as also was the rendering of carols by a Choir on Boxing
Day.

HARTS SANATORIUM.—Year ended 31st March, 1929.

Expenditure.Cost per Patient per week.
£s.d.
Salaries and Wages2,367167
Provisions2,384169
Disinfectants, Drugs and Appliances9308
Coal, Coke and Firewood277111
Lighting and Water37328
Furniture, Bedding and Linen5004
Uniforms and Dresses701
Chandlery and Sundries266110
General Repairs77355
Garden Implements, Seeds, etc.4203
Horse Hire1902
Printing, Stationery and Advertisement2902
Rent of Telephones3103
Rates, Taxes and Insurance35926
X-Ray Examinations3603
£7,1064910
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REPORT ON THE WORK AT THE BOROUGH
INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL.
During the year 1928 the incidence of Diphtheria and Scarlet
Fever remained very high; that for Diphtheria being the highest
ever known in the district.
The patients admitted to Hospital numbered 997, as compared
with 984 in the year 1927, but in a large proportion of cases the
period of detention in Hospital, for Diphtheria, was above the
average.
Unfortunately it has been necessary to continue to overcrowd
the patients, owing to lack of accommodation and the very high
incidence of cases of Diphtheria which it is important should be
treated in Hospital, on the other hand a large percentage of the
Scarlet Fever patients have been treated in their own homes, with
apparently no untoward results either in the direction of the


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