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]
Physiotherapy and Light Clinic.
Attendances continue to increase. Many forms of radiation and electrical treatment are now given for diverse conditions, together with massage, corrective and developmental exercise.
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The appointment of an Orthopaedic Consultant has not yet
been made and, when necessary, cases are referred to general
Child Guidance Clinic.
Dr. H. Bevan Jones reports as follows:—
At the close of 1948 the Child Guidance Clinic was working in
the Town Hall Annexe with a staff of two; a Psychiatrist and an
Educational Psychologist who each put in two days a week on this
work. The team had to operate without a Psychiatric Social
Worker in spite of repeated attempts to secure one.
At the beginning of 1949, two Psychiatrists were employed,
each giving one day a week and except for this change, the service
continued as in 1948 until mid-summer when the Clinic moved to
the Child Guidance Centre at Shrewsbury Road School. A part
of this school had been converted for the purpose so that there were
four consulting rooms, a conference room, waiting room and office.
The Speech Therapist took over the use of one of the consulting
rooms for the Speech Clinic; a happy arrangement that is proving
valuable to both clinics. One of the Psychiatrists had to reduce
his clinical sessions, after mid-summer, but the Clinic was fortunate
at the time to secure the services of a play therapist for a day a
week. By the end of the year, the Clinic had obtained the services
of a full-time Psychiatric Social Worker and was looking forward
to functioning with a full team for the first time since its inception.
A trend that is becoming evident in the work of the Clinic is
for children to be referred at a younger age. This is a most
desirable tendency as it is found that greater help can be given to