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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Mitcham]
GENERAL PROVISION OF HEALTH SERVICES FOR
Bacteriological examinations for this district are carried out at
the Wandle Valley Isolation Hospital.
The following number of specimens from this borough have been
examined during the year:-
Swabs for diphtheria 528
Sputa for tubercle 162
Arrangements have also been made with the Laboratories of
Pathology and Public Health for special examination of urine, etc.,
of patients attending the ante-natal clinics.
For General Cases.—The Wilson Hospital, which is situated
within the district, receives accidents and general cases. Other
general hospitals available for the district are the Nelson Hospital
(Merton), the Croydon General Hospital, and the South London
Hospital for Women (Clapham). The large London hospitals are
also within easy reach of this district.
For Infectious Diseases.—The Council is one of the constituent
authorities forming the Wandle Valley Joint Hospital Board, and
cases of infectious disease from this area are treated at their hospital
situated at Beddington Corner, Mitcham Junction. Cases of
puerperal fever and pyrexia are sent to Queen Charlottes Hospital,
For Small Pox Cases.—By an arrangement with the Surrey
County Council cases of small pox are admitted to the Small Pox
For General and Accident Cases.—An ambulance has been
provided by the Council for the removal of general and accident
cases. This ambulance is under the control of the fire brigade
superintendent. The total number of cases removed during the
year was 861.