Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Port of London]
above Gravesend. The hospital consists of 10 ward blocks capable of accommodating 170
patients but, except in cases of emergency, only three ward blocks (2 of 20 beds and 1, a cubicle
ward of 10 beds), total 50 beds are kept available for immediate use. The hospital includes
residential quarters for the staff and a laundry although the administration and staffing is carried
out from Joyce Green Hospital, Dartford.
2. Arrangements for transport of such cases to that hospital by ambulance giving the name of
the Authority responsible for the ambulance and the vaccinal state of the ambulance crews.
A case or cases of smallpox would be removed from the vessel by this Authority's Ambulance
launch and conveyed ashore via the pontoon at Denton and from thence conveyed by road ambulance
direct to Long Reach Hospital.
The Port Health Authority would be responsible for the vaccinal state of their Ambulance
Launch crews while the vaccinal state of the Road Ambulance personnel would be the concern
of the South-East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board under whose jurisdiction both Joyce
Green and Long Reach Hospitals fall.
3. Names of smallpox consultants available.
Dr. W. T. G. Roul Dr. H. S. Banks Dr. J. W. Armstrong
Dr. W. J. Coughlan Dr. J. P. Marsden
4. Facilities for laboratory diagnosis of smallpox.
Facilities are available at the Virus Laboratory of the Central Public Health Laboratory at
SECTION VIII-VENEREAL DISEASES
Venereal Diseases are not compulsorily notifiable butefforts are made by the Boarding Medical
Officers and the Port Health Inspectors to bring to the notice of all seamen using the Port the
facilities available for free treatment under the Brussels Agreement.
SECTION IX-CASES OF NOTIFIABLE AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ON SHIPS
TABLE D (i)
|Disease||Cases landed from ships Passengers||Crew||Number of Ships concerned|
|Fever of Unknown Origin||1||1||2|
TABLE D (ii)
Cases disposed of before arrival
|Disease||Passengers||Crew||Number of ships concerned|
|Glandul ar Fever||—||1||1|
|Fever of Unknown Origin||2||-||2|