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Walthamstow 1933

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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(v) Clinics and Treatment Centres.— No change since
Foot Clinic.—Attendances at the Foot Clinic continued at a
weekly average of approximately 100 up to the last week in April,
when they increased to an average of about 133 per week for the
remainder of the year. An assistant chiropodist was then engaged
for four sessions per week up to mid-June after which assistance
was given on 9 sessions per week. The maximum attendances in
any one week was 168.
Total attendances were 6,392, and of these 2,139 were by
new patients, and 4,253 were re-attendances by old patients. The
receipts were £283 9s. 10d.
The cases seen included 607 warts—of which 196 were in
school children—351 bunions, 173 ingrowing nails, and 151 septic
Renewed acknowledgment must be made of the excellent
work of the staff.
Women's Clinic.—The staffing and scope of this Clinic were
detailed in the Report for 1932, and remained unaltered up to the
end of September, when Miss M. Basden, M.D., F.R.C.S.,
F.C.O.G., was appointed to succeed Mrs. Ivens-Knowles who,
unfortunately, resigned for personal reasons. In February, the
sessions were increased from one to two per month.

Total attendances have been as follows:—

Ante-Natal Cases14923

Contraceptive advice is only given to married women in whose
cases further pregnancy would be detrimental to health.
It is hoped that private practitioners will utilise the Clinic
particularly for Consultant ante-natal advice for those of their
patients requiring it.
(vi) Hospitals.— There were no changes during 1933 in the
Hospital services used by the inhabitants of the Borough.
Public Assistance in Walthamstow is provided by the SouthWest
Area Committee of the Essex County Council, which
retains a certain proportion of beds in each of the local institutions
formerly provided by the West Ham Board of Guardians.
Mr. Pegram, the Clerk to the Committee, has kindly supplied
the following particulars of Walthamstow residents admitted to