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East Ham 1949

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

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school health and maternity and child welfare services and implement
fully the provisions of the National Health Service Act.
The unified service should make a signal contribution in the
education of the people in their homes towards the goal of positive
health and the full enjoyment of life within the potential of every
Miss B. Newnian-Pilkington, the Superintendent Nursing
Officer, will co-ordinate the activities of this unified health visiting
service with the general nursing service, the domiciliary maternity
service and the other ancillary services, so that a great surge
forward in the care of parturient women and sick persons of every
age within the home will be achieved.
A debt of gratitude is owed to Mrs. Woodman, for her
untiring efforts to raise the status of nurses everywhere and to
establish the health visitor in her rightful place as the friend and
adviser of the family.

Table 25. HEALTH VISITING, 1949.

Provided byNumber of Health Visitors employed at end of yearEquivalent Whole-time Health Visitor Services provided under Col. (3) (all classes including attendance at Infant Welfare Centres)Number of visits paid by Health Visitors during the year
Expectant MothersChildren under 1 year of ageChildren between the ages of 1 and 5Other Classes
Wholetime on Health VisitingParttime on Health VisitingFirst VisitsTotal VisitsFirst VisitsTotal VisitsFirst VisitsTotal VisitsFirst VisitsTotal Visits
Local Health Authority10721852162,0796,0568,362_574
Voluntary Organisations

Section 25—Home Nursing.
So far the internal organisation and administration of this
service has been little affected. The employment of a male nurse
is noted and appreciations of his service by residents have already
been expressed.
Generally the need for home nursing has increased partly due
to the continued shortage of accommodation available in hospitals
to sufferers from acute and chronic diseases.