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West Ham 1948

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

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APPENDIX 4.
SOUTH OCKENDON INSTITUTION, SOUTH OCKENDON, ESSEX.
STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR. 1948 .
On the 1st January, 1948, there were 470 patients subject to the provisions of the Mental
Deficiency Acts, on the register, viz:- 223 men, 187 women, 37 boys, 23 girls. During the year,
69 patients were admitted (7 men, 44 women, 10 boys, 8 girls) while 5 (4 men, 1 woman) died and
16 (9 men, 7 women) were discharged, leaving a total of 518 (221 men, 224 women, 43 boys, 30
girls) remaining on 31st December, 1948.
In addition to these patients there were, on 1st January 1948, 85 Uncertified patients
(3 men, 6 boys, 67 women,.9 girls) being cared for in the Institution, and 3 patients (2 males)
1 female) detained under Section 15® During the year no uncertified patient was admitted, while
4 (1 man, 3 women) died, and 4l (2 men, 31 women, 3 boys, 5 girls) were discharged, leaving a
total of 43 (33 women, 5 boys, 5 girls) remaining on 31st December, 1949.
There were a total of 561 patients (221 men, 257 women, 48 boys, 35 girls) remaining on
the Colony register on 31st December, 1948:-
DEATHS• There were nine deaths during the year - five were cases under Order and 4 were
uncertified patients. Causes of death are set out below:-
Male
1 Status Epilepticus
1 Heart Failure
2 Broncho-Pneumonia
1 Gangrene of Lung
Female
1 Carcinomatosis
1 Pulmonary Pneumonia
1 Aricular Fibrillation
1 Broncho-Pneumonia
LICENCE. On 1st January, 1948, 36 patients (21 male, 15 female) were on leave of absence
on Licence.
During the year 9 (6 male, 3 female) proceeded on licence - of whom 2 (1 male, 1 female)
returned, 10 (5 male, 5 female) formerly on licence were discharged, 4 (3 male, 1 female) returned,
chiefly because of unsatisfactory conduct, 2 (1 male, 1 female) absconded on licence, leaving a
total of 27 (17 male, 10 female) on licence on 31st December, 1948.

EMPLOYMENT. Table showing the occupations and the number so employed throughout the year is set out below:-

M.F.Total
Number on school register204060
Farm and Garden30-30
Laundry31922
Kitchen21214
Stores and Lodge2-2
Sewing room-3939
Shoemakers10-10
Carpenters & Woodworkers7-7
Occupation Centre or classes356297
Engineers8-8
Wardwork only582886
Working in staff quarters4-4
Domestic work (nurses® Home, Administration block)11415
Boot & Cutlery cleaning (very low grade)26-26
Porters' Help3-3
Helping with children-66
209220429
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