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East Ham 1950

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

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TABLE 36. CONVALESCENT HOME TREATMENT PERIOD OF TREATMENT - 1950

Age GroupsSexUp to 1 week1-2 weeks2-3 weeks3-4 weeks4-5 weeks5 - 6 weeksover 6 weeksTotal
Under 5 yearsM1444-3319
F-591012128
School childrenM3103125421397
F1132819613383
AdultsM11531---20
F21794---32
Totals8648463113910279
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No. of patients released on trial during 1950 - 5 Males, 19 Females, Total 24
„ „ „ returned from „ „ 1950 - 3 „ 1 „ „ 4
Of the above cases, on 1/1/50, 504 were inmates at Runwell Hospital,
and 16 in other institutions. During the years, 182 were admitted to Runwell
and 6 to other hospitals, 140 were discharged from Runwell and 5 from other
institutions, 34 of the deaths occurred in Runwell and one elsewhere and on
31/12/50 the cases were accommodated as follows 512 Runwell and 16 other
hospitals.
Difficulty is occasionally experienced by our Duly Authorised
Officers in finding a hospital bed for cases of acute mental illness.
It might be argued that with the comparatively short stay in
hospital now made possible by modern methods of therapy, a rapid turnover
of cases should ensure free beds for urgent sufferers. It must be
remembered however that Runwell Hospital now has a greatly increased
"catchment area" and East Ham must pay the price of regionalisation with
philosophic fortitude, for this is an example of altruism that comes out of
the democratic way of life.

TABLE 37.

Referred byChildren 0-5School ChildrenAdultsTotal
General Practitioners9153458
Hospitals13171646
East. Ham Chest. Clinic326130
School Health Service-122-122
M. & C.W. Section22-123
Totals4718052279
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For comparision the number of children and adults receiving this form of treatment are appended:-

+ 5/7/48 to 31/12/4819491950
Children 0-5 years378647
Schoolchildren128326180
Adults104952
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The cost of the actual treatment of children and adults in convalescent homes (including travelling expenses i.e. fares) for the period 1/1/50 to 31/12/50, compared with that for 1949 is shewn below

19491950
£s.d.£.s.d.
Children under five years1,945.9.6.758.11.10.
Schoolchildren4,826.15.8.1,966.10.2.
Adults460.5.7.515.6.5.
Fares (Including escorts)---84.8.8.
Totals7,232.10.9.3,324.17.1.
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