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West Ham 1946

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

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8.Number of Operations Performed2,192
9.Number of X-Rays6,729
10.Number of Fractures Treated1,680
11.Number of Post-Mortem Examinations By H.M. Coroner's Pathologist By own Medical Staff366 95 461
12.Number of Specimens dealt with in Pathological Laboratory9,833
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Report of the Medical Superintendent,
Dr. H. R. England, M.B., B.Ch., M.A.O., M.M.S.A.
2,024 infants were born in Forest Gate Hospital in the year
1946. This is a record number.
The resources of the Hospital were constantly under strain,
and no slack period was experienced throughout the year.
There were two maternal deaths in the Hospital, both of
which occurred in January. This means that there was no
maternal mortality in the next 1,900 births.
Gastro-enteritis affecting both mothers and infants has been
endemic in the Maternity Unit since January. The infant
mortality due to this has been 21. The outbreak has been
investigated as fully as possible, with the advice of the Health
Dr. R. M. Elliott and Dr. Manson, of the Ministry of
Health, and Dr. Cruickshank (Director) and Drs. McCallum and
Cockburn, of the Central Public Health Laboratory, conducted
a thorough investigation, and I am indebted to them for the
great care they took and the assistance freely given towards
the solution of the problem. The causal organism of this outbreak
has not been identified.
The Operating Theatre became available for use in
November and the new Ante-Natal and Post-Natal Departments
came into use in December.

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