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West Ham 1934

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

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The following reports have been received from the Assistant
School Medical Officers and Dental Surgeons responsible for the
Inspection and treatment of the children attending these two Nursery
Rebecca Cheetham Nursery School.

Dr. West reports:-

"During the year 1934 four quarterly routine inspections were made. The following particulars indicate the results of same:-

ExaminationsBoys examinedGirls examinedTotalParents presentNumber DefectivePercentage of Defects

The very small attendance at the March examination was due
to the measles epidemic prevailing in the district, and in consequence
of same a proportionately high percentage of defects is
In June the general condition of most of the children was
good; out-of-school cases were those convalescing from previous
In September the condition of the children was satisfactory;
nose, throat and chest complaints accounted for most of the
defects. There was still a number of children away with their
parents at the hopfields.
In December the lower attendance was chiefly due to seasonal
colds, which in consequence of the unusually wet weather prevailing
at the time prevented parents living at any distance from the
School bringing the children. There were two cases of whooping
cough, one of diphtheria, and some scarlet fever in-contacts as
additional causes. The condition of the children examined was
satisfactory; nose, throat and chest complaints were again responsible
for most of the defects. During the year 29 children were
given Cod Liver Oil or Malt and Oil, these being cases of subnormal
nutrition, slight rickets and bronchitis.
The Headmistress, Miss Bowen, affords every possible
assistance both at the examinations and in seeing that those
children requiring treatment at the Clinic attend at regular intervals."
Miss Gubb reports on the Dental Examination and Treatment as
"The Rebecca Cheetham Nursery School was inspected during
the year 1934, and all children found to require Dental Treatment
were given the opportunity to attend the Dental Clinic for
treatment and advice.