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Walthamstow 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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Provision of new door and flag paving to front and rear of
F Block.
Interior renovations and re-enamelling bedsteads and cots of
G Block.
Exterior renovations to Discharge Hut.
Interior renovations to T Block.
Exterior and interior renovations and repairs to Laundry Block.
General renovations and repairs to Store Shed, Messroom, lamp
posts, steam boiler house and shed, heating chamber
(Administration Block), lodge entrance gates and boundary
Extensive repairs to fences, roads and paths.
Staff.—The staff at the end of the year remained the same as
that detailed in the Report for 1935.
Three probationers were successful in the first part of their
Fever Certificate examination, and eight obtained the Certificate
on completion of training.
General.—The death rate per 100 admissions of infectious
disease patients was 2.24.
The draft plans of a new cubicle block have been agreed to in
principle between the Ministry of Health and your Council, and
provide twelve cubicle beds and an operating suite. The completion
of this block is a continued and urgent necessity.
The County Council has formulated a scheme for Isolation
Hospital accommodation in the county, which provides for a Joint
Hospital of 261 beds to serve the Boroughs of Walthamstow and
Leyton. Negotiations are proceeding.

During the year the County Council continued the amount of the grant payable by them in respect of infectious disease beds. The grant was made up as follows:—

(1) £5 per bed on a basis of 2,000 cubic feet per bed (i.e., 81 beds)405
(2) £10 per ambulance20
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