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 East Ham]
The following statistics have been abstracted from copies of
form V.D. (R) (1949), which have been received from the Hospitals
named and total figures for 1948 and 1947 are also shewn:—
|Whitechapel Clinic, London Hospital||22||23||118||163|
|Queen Mary's Hospital, Stratford, E.15||9||6||30||45|
|St. Thomas' Hospital, S.E.I||—||—||1||1|
|Albert Dock Hospital||—||3||7||10|
|St.Paul's Hospital, W.C.2||—||1||2||3|
|Totals for 1948||20||40||145||205|
|Totals for 194.7||19||40||170||229|
Aldersbrook Homes and Scattered Homes.
The statistics for the year 1949 are appended:—
1. Average number in homes throughout the year 468
2. No. chargeable to East Ham on 1/1/49 84
3. No. chargeable to East Ham on 31/12/49 110
4. Average weekly admissions 10
5. Average weekly discharges 11
The agreed policy in regard to the use of the facilities in the
Children's Homes by the county borough of West Ham and the
county council of Essex has had little effect on the general medical
services and the conduct of the homes.
For the greater part of the year, Dr. Curnock, with the
assistance of another medical officer, was able to attend to the
routine visits and emergency calls. Close co-operation with the
paediatric units of neighbouring hospitals enabled a high standard
of medical and surgical care to be given at all times to the children
under our care and the staff.
There has been a low incidence of infectious diseases and by
reason of the vigilance and industry of the charge nurses the importing
of infestation has been practically negligible.