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Ilford 1961

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Ilford]

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The 3 children rejected, with the reason for rejection and the responsible Authority concerned were:-

South Essex(A) Progressive muscular dystrophy-very disturbed child and resisted medical examination.

The admissions during the year number 7,
which include 3 children who were seen in 1960 and
admitted in 1961, and 4 of the children found
suitable as stated above. This, therefore, leaves
two children on the waiting list; one who has yet to
reach school age and a child of school age seen in
1959 who is not yet ready for admission.
Those pupils discharged numbered 2 and the
reason, together with the Authority concerned, is
as follows:-
Mid-Essex Had reached school leaving age.
Ilford Transferred to an ordinary day
During the year an audiometric survey of all
the children at the Unit was undertaken. The results
have not yet been collated but already valuable information
has been obtained which is of the greatest
help in dealing with the children concerned. Otherwise
the work of the Unit has proceeded smoothly and
I should like once again to thank the staff for their
continued co-operation and interest and their efforts
in dealing with children who are often very difficult
and in whom progress is necessarily very slow. It
is hoped that in the comparatively near future the
establishment of a nursery assessment class will
further increase the scope of the Unit.
Dr. W. P. Gurassa, Consultant Psychiatrist, and
Medical Director of the Ilford Child Guidance Clinic, writes
as follows:-
"During the first half of the year Dr. Shackleton
continued to do two of my sessions as a locum
until I was able to take them up again in the summer.